The accounting profession has been listed as one of the best professions for job seekers with disabilities, according to a new report by CareerCast.com. The top three were in medical fields, with "accountant/auditor" placing fourth.
"Organizations specializing in job placement for the disabled find that healthcare employers offer better access to careers than any other industry," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. "Many Americans have some kind of disability and a large percentage of them either work in health care today or will find a job in that sector in the future."
The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that 54 million Americans have a disability, which translates into 10% of the population ages 18 to 64. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment for the disabled is 12.9%, which is significantly higher than the national average and up from a rate of 9.3% at the onset of the recession in 2008. However, healthcare job growth is rising steadily, with the sector expected to increase by 5.6 million jobs within the next eight years, creating many available positions for disabled candidates.
Disabled workers can be a great asset to a company, but only about 20% of Americans with a physical or cognitive disability participate in the traditional workforce today. Discrimination is still a key barrier to employment, and one the most difficult hurdles for disabled job seekers to overcome is perception.
The following is an overview of the best jobs for disabled candidates, according to data gathered for the CareerCast Jobs Rated report.
- PHARMACEUTICAL SALES
Median Pay (Wholesale/Manufacturing Sales Representatives): $56,620
Number of Jobs/Outlook: 1,830,000/16% growth
- PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Median Pay: $28,400
Numbers of Jobs/Outlook for Growth: 334,400/32%
- PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Median Pay: $86,410
Number of Jobs/Outlook for Growth 83,600/ 30%
Median Pay: $61,690
Number of Jobs/Outlook for Growth: 1,216,900/16%
- TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIQPMENT SPECIALISTS
Median Pay: $54,710
Number of Jobs/Outlook for Growth: 194,900/15%
- SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
Median Pay: $90,530
Numbers of Jobs/Outlook for Growth: 913,100/ 30%
- MARKET RESEARCH ANALYST
Median Pay: $60,570
Number of Jobs/Outlook for Growth: 282,700/41%
- VOCATIONAL COUNSELOR
Median Pay: $53,380
Number of Jobs/Outlook: 281,400/19% growth
- MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST
Median Pay: $46,680
Number of Jobs/Outlook: 330,600/13% growth
- MANAGEMENT ANALYST
Median Pay: $78,160
Number of Jobs/Outlook: 718,800/22% growth
The full CareerCast.com report is at www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-disabled.