Jobs for People with PTSD

Jan 19, 2020

Depending on their own specific triggers, those with PTSD have several job options across different fields that may suit them and their needs. Learn about some of the available career options and their median salaries.

Career Options for People with PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, affects many people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event, and they may suffer from flashbacks and other PTSD symptoms to these events when presented with a particular trigger. Depending on what their specific triggers are, people with PTSD may need jobs that are quiet, do not require to interact with people too much, allow them to work with their hands and more. Below is a list of a few of the available career options for people with PTSD.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Librarians $59,050 6%
Animal Care and Service Workers $23,950 16%
Writers and Authors $62,170 0%
Bakers $26,520 6%
Home Health Aides $24,200 37%
Craft Artists $34,240 1%
Grounds Maintenance Workers $29,400 9%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Jobs for People with PTSD

Librarians

Although librarians are likely to interact with people, those with PTSD may enjoy the quiet and relaxed environment that a library has to offer. Librarians help people conduct research, organize library materials and select new references and materials for the library collection. Depending on the kind of library, some librarians may organize special events for kids, teach information sessions about how to use the library, monitor library budgets and train other library staff. Librarians typically need at least a master's degree, but some may need to have additional requirements like a teaching certificate.

Animal Care and Service Workers

People with PTSD may enjoy working with animals over people and find that interacting with animals is even relaxing and soothing to them. Animal care and service workers include a wide range of job titles, such as animal trainers, groomers, pet sitters, kennel attendants and more, but all of these workers provide basic care to the animals that they work with. They give the animals water, food and exercise, bathe the animal and watch the animal for signs of illness or injury. Animal care and service workers usually learn on the job and have a high school diploma and experience working with animals.

Writers and Authors

A career as a writer or an author may be therapeutic for those with PTSD and allow them to express themselves through their writing. Many writers and authors can also work from home and may only interact with their editor as they work on a project, such as a book, magazine article, blog and more. Writers and authors may need to conduct research into a particular subject for their pieces and submit drafts of their work for approval and to prepare it for publication. These professionals need at least a bachelor's degree in the field, as well as great writing skills.

Bakers

Those with PTSD may enjoy working with their hands and creating new recipes as a baker. Bakers do not usually need a lot of interaction with people unless they own their business. Bakers measure and mix quality ingredients to create bread, cakes and other pastries, which they usually decorate with glazes and icing. Bakers do not need a formal education and usually learn on the job, but some may choose to study at culinary school or through a program at a technical or community college.

Home Health Aides

Some individuals with PTSD may find purpose and fulfillment through a job that helps and advocates for others who need it, such as a job as a home health aide. These aides usually work with the elderly who have disabilities, cognitive issues or chronic illnesses to help them perform daily tasks, such as bathing, doing laundry, setting appointments and more. Home health aides may also provide their clients with transportation and, depending on the state, may be qualified to check vitals and give a client their medication. Home health aides need at least a high school diploma and usually must pass a test and complete training for their employer.

Craft Artists

Similar to writers and authors and bakers, those with PTSD may enjoy expressing themselves and working with their hands as a craft artist. Craft artists can usually work alone and even from home as they create functional pieces of art, such as pottery and glassware. These artists may experiment with different colors, textures, materials and more to create pieces that they sell at craft fairs or display at galleries and auctions. Craft artists do not need a formal education and perfect their skills through repetition.

Grounds Maintenance Workers

Some people with PTSD may like working outside and usually alone as a grounds maintenance worker. These workers are responsible for maintaining the grounds of parks, businesses and more by mowing the lawn, watering plants, mulching landscape and fertilizing the grass and plants. They may also plant new flowers and trees, remove dead plants and trees and monitor the health of the plants and trees on the grounds. Grounds maintenance workers learn on the job, but may need a license to handle pesticides and fertilizers.

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