Jobs for Agoraphobics

Jan 19, 2020

Agoraphobics fear being in public and they may want to seek out careers where they can control their work environment or work from home. This article explores some career options agoraphobics may want to consider.

Career Options for Agoraphobics

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes people to fear leaving their home or venturing out in public. People with agoraphobia can experience panic attacks or emotional distress when they leave a place they feel is safe, and are more likely to prefer careers where they can work from home where they feel secure. Listed below are few careers that may be of interest to agoraphobics.

Job Title Median Salary* (2018) Job Outlook* (2018-2028)
Tutors $30,850 4% to 6%
Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists $24,730 8%
Childcare Workers $23,240 2%
Craft and Fine Artists $48,960 1%
Web Developers $69,430 13%
Writers and Authors $62,170 0%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Agoraphobics


Tutors are educational professionals who work with students needing extra help with their education or with a specific subject area. The requirements for this type of career vary, and while some employers may expect applicants to have a bachelor's degree it is also possible to start tutoring with some postsecondary education prior to completing a degree. Agoraphobics may find this a good career option since there are many tutoring companies that hire people to tutor online and it's possible to work from home.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists

Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists cut and style people's hair or wigs. They must complete a postsecondary training program and earn a license. Many hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists are self-employed, and some set up salons within their own homes. This will appeal to agoraphobics who want to work from home and control their work environment.

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers care for babies and children, often during their parents' work hours. They provide food, entertainment and even educational experiences for children, and update parents on their child's progress. Education requirements for childcare workers vary, but some work with a high school diploma while others have a background in early childhood education. Most states require licensure for childcare workers. This career may appeal to agoraphobics because 20% of childcare workers run day care centers in their own homes. These home-based childcare providers must meet regulations and attain the proper licensure.

Craft and Fine Artists

Craft and fine artists produce works of art like paintings, or goods such as jewelry. Approximately half of these artists are self-employed, which means that agoraphobics may find this line of work appealing, as they'll be able to work from home and avoid being out in public. Although there is no need to have formal training to work as a craft or fine artist, a bachelor's degree is an asset for those interested in this type of work, and they must have artistic talents to succeed in this field.

Web Developers

Web developers determine how a website should look and function and then program the site accordingly. They are typically required to have an associate's degree in web design. Since they spend most of their time working on computers, it is possible for web developers to run a home-based business. This is an ideal option for agoraphobics because they can work in an environment where they're most comfortable.

Writers and Authors

The majority of writers and authors are self-employed, and this means they can usually work from home and set their own working hours. Agoraphobics may find this appealing because they can control their workspace and stay at home. A bachelor's degree in English or a similar subject area is necessary for salaried writing jobs. Writers and authors can write fiction or non-fiction texts that may be published as books or articles, or may appear online.

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