Colorblindness is generally described as a minor inconvenience. For many of us this is a vast understatement. I would appreciate your help cataloging a comprehensive list of careers impacted by colorblindness.
Depending upon the type and severity of one’s color vision deficiency, it is difficult to pursue the careers listed below. Even those that successfully enter these professions will likely struggle to be among the top in their field.
I welcome any feedback in the comments, but am particularly interested in the following:
- Occupations that should be added to the list below, and why.
- Additional reasons the following jobs are particularly challenging.
- Uplifting stories of how you overcame obstacles to thrive in these professions.
This list is not meant to discourage anyone. There are always exceptions to the rule. However, being informed of the challenges you will face might enable you to avoid dead-end paths. I have read many stories of colorblind people pursuing a dream career, only to discover late in the process that their deficiency blocked them from their goal.
Many people eventually overcome those obstacles. It just takes extra passion, persistence, assistance, patience, creativity, specialization, and confidence to get there. Sometimes one’s very different perspective can create a beneficial niche.
I became an architect in spite of dire warnings from my professors, and much frustration during the educational process. In the end, challenges with color were a significant factor in my leaving the mainstream of that profession.
Here’s the list so far… some obvious… some not so obvious (click for details):
Air Traffic Controller
Animal Control Enforcement
Biomedical Equipment Technician
Bomb Defuser / Disposer
Carpet, Tile, Stone, Sales
Carpet, Tile, Stone, Installer
Electronics Repair Technician
Hazardous Materials Technician
Heavy Machinery Driver
Illustrator / Graphic Designer
Law Enforcement Officer
Paint Mixer / Sales
Pool, Pond, Aquarium Maintenance
Sailor / Mariner