Home-Based Career Options for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability, it can be challenging to find work. But thanks to technological advances, there are a plethora of career options for those who would like or need to work from home using their unique talents, skills and expertise. For many of these jobs all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and some software. Read below about jobs that allow you to work from home despite limitations you may have.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*|
|Screenwriters||$72,414 (2017)**||8% (for all writers & authors)|
|Financial Analysts||$81,760 (2017)**||11%|
|Animators & Multimedia Artists||$65,300||10%|
|Securities Traders||$65,710||6% (for all securities, commodities & financial services sales agents)|
|Fine Art & Craft Artists||$48,780||8%|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale
Home-Based Career Information for People with Disabilities
Screenwriters and script writers develop story lines, plots, characters and dialogue into written treatments and finished products that directors and producers can use. They also adapt existing works such as novels, short stories and plays for film, television, and theatrical productions. To become a screenwriter, most people get a bachelor's degree in film, theatre, screenwriting, English, journalism or communications; it's also helpful to intern with a film, television or theater production company to gain industry experience. People with disabilities who are excellent storytellers and creative writers can and do thrive in this stay-at-home profession.
Another great work-from-home position people with disabilities can perform is financial analyst. These professionals track the performance of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities, then advise individuals and companies how to invest most profitably. To become a financial analyst, you need a bachelor's degree and excellent critical thinking, math and statistical analysis skills.
Animators & Multimedia Artists
Thanks to the Internet and powerful software tools, creative multimedia artists and animators can now work from home. And depending on the limitations of your disability, if you can work at a computer for long periods of time, this may be a great career for you. These professionals create motion graphics, animation and multimedia content for film, television and online platforms. To become an animator or multimedia artist, a bachelor's degree in digital art, computer graphics, animation or film is often required; those who are self-taught and can show employers a great portfolio of their work may be able to bypass the degree.
Securities traders sell securities such as stocks to individuals and companies, connect sellers and buyers in different markets, trade products such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds and advise firms looking for investors. Because of the Internet and computers, this is a job that people with disabilities can do from home, if they have the requisite education and skills: at least a bachelor's degree in business or finance, if not a Master of Business Administration, and excellent sales, communications, mathematical and analysis skills.
Fine Art & Craft Artists
Perhaps you enjoy painting, drawing, sewing clothing, or woodworking. If you are willing to work hard and persevere, selling your fine art and crafts online can be very rewarding. This could be an excellent career if you have a disability and would prefer or need to work from home. Whether your medium is clay, glass, wood, metal or something else, it's never been easier to set up an online shop and sell your wares. Fine art and craft artists create functional, beautiful and abstract works. While many do attend art school, for a lot of artistic careers practice and experience may be all that is required.