6 Best Career Opportunities for Deaf People

Though the percentage of educated deaf individuals has increased, there are still open ends when it comes to hiring them. As per a study, only 48% of deaf people are working, as compared to 72% of hearing people.

What is the reason for such low rate of employment of deaf people? Are there no job roles for them?

Certainly not. There are lots of career opportunities for deaf individuals, and we're going to uncover 6 jobs that are thriving today.

6 Modern Career Opportunities for Deaf People

Very few careers actually require a person to have perfect hearing.

For instance, healthcare jobs, copywriting, computer-based jobs etc., can all be performed without the ability to hear.

The question is whether you have the skills for them?

If yes, then these career opportunities await you.

#1 Event Planner

Traits: Efficient and chivalrous

Have you been in charge of organizing various events like birthdays, farewells and anniversaries for friends and family? Does the planning and saving the day pump up your confidence?

Well, then, you are a sure-shot cut-out for a career in event organizing. Yes, we understand the challenges you're worried about. But look around, even Madam Helen Keller led many campaigns. So, why not you?

Besides, there are innumerable career opportunities for deaf people in this field. For instance, National Deaf Children’s Society looks for candidates like you!

#2 Audiologist

Traits: Compassionate and problem-solver

Audiologist Office

Are you motivated to help others with similar disabilities (deafness)? Then, this career prospect is something to consider.

As an audiologist, you will be responsible for diagnosing, preventing, and treating hearing loss problems. Major parts of your work will involve sign language or lip-reading training, fitting and monitoring hearing aids and cochlear implants.

In this job, your skill to communicate with actions will be put to great use. The functional areas for this job role are audiology clinics, schools, hospitals, and other healthcare institutions.

#3 Social Media Manager


Traits: Creative and humorous

Leading a team of novice social media executives and training them will be one part of your job. Apart from this, you will also be responsible for managing and maintaining ongoing social media content. Your expertise will show when you'll create images, custom graphics/art, and videos for the promotion of your organization.

Your creative efforts and sneaky humour will earn you brownie points required to meet the ongoing social trends. This high responsibility job may seem tough, but once you get on the track, you will enjoy every bit of it.

#4 Day-care Provider for Hearing Impaired Children


Traits: Empathetic and patient

Leaving a child in a daycare is very difficult for parents of disabled children, especially when their child is hard of speaking or hearing. For a simple reason, the regular daycares might not be able to meet the developmental needs of a deaf child.

This is where your job role becomes a rainbow for them and their kids. As you may have experienced the similar problems while learning to read and write, who else can be better suited for this job than you?

If you adore kids and love imparting knowledge, this opportunity is your playfield. Do not overlook it.

#5 Web Designer

Traits: Interpretive and proactive

If creating distinctive designs and layouts has always been your thing, then this career prospect should be on top of your list.

Without needing to communicate much, you will be able to show your potential through your work. Your designs and programming will speak volumes of your knowledge.

Besides, this is one of those jobs you can take up without leaving the comfort of your home.

To get a role as a web designer, you need a deep understanding of programming codes and visual design. Other than this, you must pay close heed to user design and experience, SEO, and be adept with software like Photoshop and Illustrator.

#6 Writer/Editor/Proofreader


Traits: Innovative and simple

No one ever heard such a thing as too many fine writers because there's always been a shortage of them. Only those who have an influential approach to work make it to the top.

Wondering why we're telling you this? Because every individual has a different and unique perspective of the world. And, the writing world graciously welcomes those who know how to put forward their views clearly and politely.

It may surprise you but famous authors like Sara Novic, Marlee Matlin, Donald Harington, etc., were deaf too.

Besides, without investing yourself in communication, writing offers you the peace to simply put your views into motion and get paid for it.

Isn't that wonderful?

A Plethora of Opportunities

Other than the above-mentioned opportunities, you can also choose famous career options like Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

There's no stopping you unless you give up yourself.

The blog is presented by Sharda Hospital. Sharda Hospital is one of the largest super speciality hospitals in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).

Written by:

Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses.

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  • Chris Hoffmann
    Being an audiologist myself, I am very proud see audiologist in your list. No one would better understand the pain of a deaf person than one who has been through the same thing. Great job and even better blog post.
    • Sharon Watkins
      I have been hard of hearing from the age of 3 years old, I have done all sorts of jobs in my lifetime, I’m now a hca and work in a private hospital, I’ve been doing the same job for years, the older I’m getting the harder it is for me, I would love to try something else but don’t know where to start, I haven’t got compute skills though I’m sure I could pick it up so I’m very limited to what I can do.
      • Jannah
        I am in the same boat. I am a dental hygienist; however, with COVID-19 I am not working and am looking into what I can do moving forward. This is the first time I have actually felt disabled. I can't just go out and take any job.
  • Tina Konrath
    I am partial deaf, and wear one hearing aide. I used to work at medical insurance company but now that I have tendinitis on my right arm. I really can't uses my arm and hard time hearing over the phone. I don't know what I can do without hurting my arm? I know some ASL . I just don't know what I can do or find a job? I need help? thank you Tina
  • Murlin Swanston
    I am hearing impaired and have an Associate of Science degree in Website/ Graphic Design from Devry University. I would like to work in the Entertainment Industry, Google, Yahoo, Sony pictures, Fox, etc. does anyone have connections?
    • Helen
      I am a part time substitute teacher and work also in adult care .I had my bachelor degree in Animal science in 1997. I have bilateral hearing problem since my 3rd birthday. Am very good in Maths and Science. And ,I just passed three educational professional courses with B+,s this year.But,with Covid 19,l could not work as a substitute teacher since classes are now remote or online which is too hard for me because of my hearing.
  • Geraldine (Gerrie)
    I need help in getting a part time job. I am hard of hearing and I do wear an hearing aid, but I still struggle hearing everything. I am a widow and live alone.
    • Lindsey Banks
      You may find this website helpful for finding a job: https://www.disabledperson.com/
    • lili
      be happy
  • Tom Levell
    I'm 72 years old with reasonable good health for my age other than my severe hearing loss. I wear a hearing aid and recently have undergone a cochlear implant. Unless I'm face to face with someone, I struggle understanding whats being said. When in a large room and several people are chatting, its difficult for me to hear and follow along in the conversation. I rarely use a phone because the majority of people I end up speaking to, either have a very thick accent of they speak too fast for me to follow. I'm a widower and am currently living on SSD and am struggling financially. I need to work to survive but don't know where to begin.
    • Elizabeth
      Can you work in a grocery store bagging items? Or in a restaurant as a dishwasher or cook? I would imagine there are several types of jobs like that. Also, there is a program for people 55 and older where they get placed by an agency that helps disabled people and older adults. It's usually the department of aging or vocational rehabilitation. Check out those agencies and find out about the program in your area. I hope you find something soon!
      • Danielle Kennedy
        Didn’t know that being a bagger or a dishwasher could really pay the bills. ‍♀️ Also, being a dead audiologist is not exactly a smart combination- I mean just think about it for heavens sake. I’m afraid there are not a plethora of opportunities for a deaf person to successfully be able to make a decent wage. Very frustrating.