What jobs do blind people do?

Blind and partially sighted people can do many of the jobs that sighted people do. They might do them a little differently - using technology and specialist equipment - or need some help from colleagues or a support worker, but a wide range of careers are open to people with sight loss. There are blind or partially sighted politicians, journalists, physiotherapists, lawyers, media presenters, office workers, teachers, professors, artists, authors, actors, people working in banking and finance, managers, chief executives, self-employed business people, people working in IT, and many other roles.

The only roles that blind or partially sighted people might not be permitted to work in are those where good levels of eye sight (with or without glasses or contact lenses) are required by law or for health and safety reasons - driving a lorry or piloting a passenger jet for example.

Further information about the success of blind and partially sighted people in a wide variety of jobs across almost all employment sectors, including a full research report can be found on RNIB's Employment research webpage.

Before making a career choice or starting a job search it is important to consider your interests, things you are good at, things that are important to you and what barriers you face in work. These things will help you consider what jobs might be suitable for you.

Information about looking for work including navigating job searching, completing CVs and applications and advice on how to excel at interviews can be found on RNIB's Information for jobseekers webpages. You can also find information on how to contact RNIB's employment services.

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