10 Amazing Jobs for Deaf People

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10 Amazing Jobs for Deaf People

The deaf and hard of hearing community is diverse.  There are variations in how a person becomes deaf or hard of hearing, level of hearing,  age of onset, educational background, communication methods, and cultural identity.  How people “label” or identify themselves is personal and may reflect identification with the deaf and hard of hearing community, the degree to which they can hear, or the relative age of onset.  For example, some people identify themselves as “late-deafened,” indicating that they became deaf later in life.  Other people identify themselves as “deaf-blind,” which usually indicates that they are deaf or hard of hearing and also have some degree of vision loss.  Some people believe that the term “people with hearing loss” is inclusive and efficient.  However, some people who were born deaf or hard of hearing do not think of themselves as having lost their hearing.  Over the years, the most commonly accepted terms have come to be “deaf,” “Deaf,” and “hard of hearing.”

“Deaf” and “deaf”-  the lowercase deaf when referring to the audiological condition of not hearing, and the uppercase Deaf when referring to a particular group of deaf people who share a language – American Sign Language (ASL) – and a culture.

Hearing-impaired – This term is no longer accepted by most in the community but was at one time preferred, largely because it was viewed as politically correct.  To declare oneself or another person as deaf or blind, for example, was considered somewhat bold, rude, or impolite.  At that time, it was thought better to use the word “impaired” along with “visually,” “hearing,” “mobility,” and so on.  “Hearing-impaired” was a well-meaning term that is not accepted or used by many deaf and hard of hearing people. For many people, the words “deaf” and “hard of hearing” are not negative.  Instead, the term “hearing-impaired” is viewed as negative.

The above introduction was taken from the National Association of the Deaf's website www.NAD.org.

This list is by no means exhaustive. People who are deaf can do well in any field they chose. These are just 10 jobs we think are amazing.

Fewer than one in twenty Americans are either hard of hearing or deaf.

If you're one of these 11,000,000 people, you know that you face unique challenges when it comes to finding employment.

At the same time, though, you also bring a unique set of perspectives and skills to any job you acquire.

Let's take a look at 10 great jobs for deaf people.

1. Web Designer

A Web Designer is a person who designs the front end of websites. It is a pretty cool job as your creativeness shines.

The wages that you make as a web designer can vary. If you obtain certain certifications, though, you can on average make around $22.00 to $25.00 on average an hour. Your hourly wage will depend on the industry, your location, and your experience.

There is always a strong need for qualified web designers in a wide range of fields.

2. Web Developer (Coder)

A Web Developer (Coder) is a person who builds the web application. They write the code that creates the web application and make it function. These individuals are in high demand today. They are broken down as novice, junior and senior web developers. A junior developer can command around $80,000 while a senior developer can command well over a $100,000 per year.

 To become a web developer, you will need to be a person who pays attention to detail. Formal training either in college or a coding boot camp is usually the route people take.

3. Special Education Teacher

Growing up with special needs, you understand how important it is to have compassionate, competent teachers for all children. When children have hearing impairments, it's vital that there are teachers who can communicate with them and encourage their growth and learning.

The median salary for special education teachers in the US in 2018 was $59,780.

4. Social Media Manager

Social Media is the rage in this day and age. With sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, businesses of all type know that they have to socialize their products and or services on social media platforms because that is where people are. With that realization, the positon of Social Media Manger has emerged.

This individual manages the company’s online presence and branding. This position has an average annual salary near $51,000.


5. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technicians

These individuals work in labs and spend their time analyzing blood and urine samples with pretty cool scientific equipment. They are vital to the health care industry and an individual’s health. Their work presents the clinical practitioners with the data necessary to establish a diagnosis. The average annual salary is around $52,000.

6. Psychologist

As a psychologist, you could specialize in working with people that are hard of hearing and deaf. In this role, you'd provide mental care and counseling for children and/or adults.

Becoming a psychologist requires quite a bit of training and education. You will either need to earn a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) or a Clinical Psychology degree.

7. Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Medical coding is typically a job that consists of home-based computer work. As a medical billing and coding specialist, you'll be helping the healthcare system function smoothly. You'll be responsible for reviewing patient records and assigning the appropriate code for procedures, treatments, and diagnoses.

8. Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers are essential for many small businesses and nonprofit organizations. As a bookkeeper, you're responsible for helping businesses track their expenses and income. It's also common for bookkeepers to be responsible for handling payroll, reimbursing employees for work-related costs, and preparing invoices.

You don't necessarily need a degree to be a bookkeeper, but you might consider taking an accounting course in order to gain the relevant skills.

9. Day-Care Provider for Hearing Impaired Children

If you are empathetic and patient, you might find that being a daycare provider for hearing impaired children is a good role for you. When a parent has a hearing disabled child, it can be very difficult for them to simply drop a child off at daycare. With your presence as a daycare provider, those parents can feel much more comfortable that their child's needs will be met.

10. Writer/Proofreader/Editor

If you've always had a love of words, being either a writer, a proofreader, or an editor could prove a good profession for you.

Whether you become a copywriter, a blogger, a technical writer, a speechwriter, or something else entirely, there is no shortage of options when it comes to being a writer. It's common for freelance writers to communicate with there clients through email as opposed to by phone. This can make it a particularly accessible job for deaf adults.

There Are a Lot of Great Jobs For Deaf People

While being deaf can limit your employment opportunities to some extent, there are still so many opportunities when it comes time to find a job. Use this list simply as a jumping-off point and not a complete picture of what's possible. If you're passionate about something and driven towards a goal you can always find a way to make it work!

Are you looking for jobs for deaf people? Check out our jobs page to view our national job listings.