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Careers for People with Epilepsy

Depending on the level of a person's seizure control, most careers are safe for people with epilepsy. Explore some of the different job opportunities for epileptics, as well as the education requirements for each job.

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Career Options for People with Epilepsy

Many people with epilepsy are likely able to work any kind of job that interests them and matches their personal skill sets, especially if they have good control and management of their seizures. In general, those with epilepsy may need to avoid stressful jobs that may trigger seizures or jobs where they may be performing activities that would become dangerous or hazardous if they were to have a seizure, like jobs that require a lot of driving or working with dangerous materials. Here we discuss several of the numerous careers that may be a good match for people with epilepsy.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Animal Trainers $27,690 11%
Mental Health Counselors $42,840 20%
Fine Artists $50,790 3%
Librarians $57,680 2%
Conservation Scientists $61,810 7%
Personal Financial Advisors $90,530 30%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Careers for People with Epilepsy

Animal Trainers

Some people with epilepsy may be interested in working with animals or even helping train service animals that could serve others with epilepsy and other conditions. Animal trainers usually work with dogs or horses, but can also work with marine mammals and other animals to teach them how to respond to various hand signals and voice commands. As mentioned, these trainers may be preparing the animals to work as service animals or could be preparing them for competitions, performances and more. Some animal trainers may need to have a bachelor's degree, but most can learn on-the-job and have a high school diploma.

Mental Health Counselors

Those with epilepsy who are interested in working with people may enjoy a career as a mental health counselor, which also provides a safe environment in the case of a seizure, as many counselors have a private office for counseling sessions and are usually surrounded by other health professionals who could help. Mental health counselors counsel individuals, groups, families or couples in a variety of mental health issues, relationship problems, emotional issues and more. They help their clients process through and learn to manage conditions like anxiety, grief, depression and stress, as well as how to make decisions concerning their future. These professionals are required to have a state license and master's degree to work with patients.

Fine Artists

A career as a fine artist may be a good fit for more artistic epileptics, as the career allows for a flexible schedule and these artists usually work from home or a private studio that could be arranged in a safe way to accommodate seizures. Those with epilepsy may even find it relaxing and therapeutic to create beautiful paintings, sculptures, illustrations or other pieces of art to sell or display. Fine artists combine various techniques and art concepts, like perspective, color, texture, space and more to create pieces to add to their professional portfolio and attract clients. Fine artists usually have a bachelor's or master's degree in the field.

Librarians

Librarians typically work in a quiet, relaxed setting, which could help minimize the triggers for seizures for those with epilepsy. Librarians are responsible for helping patrons of the library find various sources of information in books, magazines, newspapers and other resources. They also organize materials, plan different library programs, train other staff members and volunteers and may create a budget for the library. Librarians usually need at least a master's degree in library science.

Conservation Scientists

Although some conservation scientists may be required to drive to various locations, these scientists usually oversee the work of others and are not involved in the more dangerous activities, which may suit a person with epilepsy. Epileptics who are interested in conservation and protecting the environment may like this career as these scientists oversee the conservation activities in parks, rangelands and other outdoor spaces that are intended to protect natural resources. Conservation scientists often need to work with landowners to develop land-use contracts and ensure that all activities on a piece of land comply with current regulations. These scientists need to have at least a bachelor's degree.

Personal Financial Advisors

People with epilepsy who are interested in business may enjoy a career as a personal financial advisor. These advisors usually work in an office setting and are around other people who could help in the case of a seizure, as they meet with their clients to discuss short- and long-term financial goals. After understanding the needs of their clients, these advisors will carefully research, explain and advise their clients about various financial options, such as investments, retirement plans, savings accounts, mortgages, insurances and more, and then monitor the accounts of their clients to see if any changes need to be made. Most personal financial advisors need at least a bachelor's degree, and advanced positions usually require certification and a master's degree.

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