Finding a good job that pays well and doesn’t make you want to run home screaming is hard to do. However a job search could become dicey when you have visible tattoos. About 3 in 10 Americans have at least one tattoo, up from 2 in 10 four years ago, according to Harris Poll research. Furthermore, 7 in 10 people have two or more tattoos. Well-done body art can be nice to look at, but could a visible tattoo hamper your job search?
Although employers are becoming a bit more accepting of tatted candidates, some are still hesitant to extend a job offer. Roughly 37% of hiring managers agreed tattoos are the third most likely physical attribute that limits career potential, according to research by skincare company Skinfo.
Some employers are also concerned about how their hiring decision will impact the bottom line. Some fear hiring a candidate with visible tattoos could negatively impact a customer’s expectations regarding customer service. Despite concerns about tattoos, there are still some industries where tattoos don’t matter all that much. Here are 10 jobs that don’t mind visible tattoos.
Median annual salary: $43,180
If you have an opportunity to spend some time with a chef, chances are he or she will have a couple of tattoos. In fact, the prevalence of tattoos among chefs is so common that authors Wendy MacNaughton and Isaac Fitzgerald wrote a book about it called Knives and Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos. But not all establishments have been accepting of chefs with visible tattoos. The organization has since reversed its policy, but at one time Fairmont Hotels & Resorts had a policy of not hiring candidates with visible tattoos, regardless of the job position.
Median annual salary: $34,070
Working as a photographer also allows you to sport tattoos without much of a problem. This is a creative career where you can call the shots for the most part. Similar to the situation with the chef book mentioned above, when author Stella Kramer noticed the number of photographers who had visible tattoos, she decided to write a blog post on it (Photographers and their Tattoos).
Median annual salary: $103,950
When you own your own company, you can dress and accessorize pretty much however you want. No one knows this better than today’s tech CEOs. It’s not uncommon to see them shun a tailored suit in favor of a hoodie or some other casual attire. And CEOs are also embracing the tattoo. One example is Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, an online education platform. So if you want to start your own company, don’t let your tattoo sleeve stop you from taking the next step.
4. Fashion designer
Median annual salary: $65,170
The life of a fashion designer revolves around art, and sometimes that art is on his or her body. In the world of fashion, an artist has the freedom to express him or herself however the artist sees fit. Tattoos are not an unusual part of the fashion and design scene. Some famous fashion designers with tattoos are Marc Jacobs (his collection of tattoos includes a smiling Sponge Bob SquarePants on his right arm) and Shane Vitaly Foran.
Median annual salary: $24,300
The beauty industry is focused on looking your best and enhancing one’s outer appearance, so tattoos aren’t foreign in workplaces, such as a hair salon or spa. (A high-end salon might not be as tolerant.) And if you work at a tattoo shop, you’ll definitely be accepted. There are even some establishments that combine tattoo services with hair services. One example is Boston Barber & Tattoo Company, which is both a barber shop and tattoo parlor.
6. Freelance writer
Median annual salary: $61,240
If you work from home, one of the best parts of being a freelance writer is that no one knows what you’re wearing. You could be in your pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers, and it doesn’t matter, as long as your work is done. Remote workers in all kinds of fields, not just freelance writers, can enjoy the benefits of a flexible work schedule and dress code. If you have a tattoo, it won’t bother your co-workers because they can’t see you (unless you’re on a video conference call).
7. Personal trainer
Median annual salary: $38,160
Fitness clubs and gyms are generally lenient when it comes to their workers sporting visible tattoos. One fitness chain, Anytime Fitness, even encourages it. The company recently received attention when it advertised that it would offer to tattoo or reimburse employees who tattooed the company’s logo on their body. Talk about a liberal work environment (or perhaps it’s just looking for some additional ways to advertise). Either way, tattooed employees are welcome.
Median annual salary: $52,720
If you’re thinking of working as an electrician but you’re hesitant because of visible tattoos, not to worry. According to Redditors in the field, visible tattoos are just fine for an electrician. One Redditor who said he has visible tattoos on his arms said no one cares when it comes to this matter. The general consensus was face and neck tattoos are not as widely accepted.
Median salary: $25.14 per hour
Do you have a musical talent? If you have tattoos and you’re thinking of working in the music industry, you’ll feel right at home. It’s quite rare to come across a musician or singer who doesn’t have a tattoo these days. Some well-known musical artists who rely heavily on ink to express themselves are pop star Justin Bieber, rapper Wiz Khalifa, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
10. Construction worker
Median annual salary: $32,230
All kinds of tattoos are welcome in the construction industry. Many construction workers display visible tattoos without an issue. If you’re considering a career in the construction industry, you don’t have to limit yourself to the typical jobs you see when you pass a construction site. There are plenty of construction jobs that involve management and other office-based roles. Construction managers, for example, earn a median annual salary of $89,300.
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