Do Tattoos Affect What Jobs You Can Get?
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Do Tattoos Affect What Jobs You Can Get?

Zoe Kramer March 9, 2023

Often the first warning you get when you say you’re considering getting a tattoo is that it will affect your job prospects. But in the modern world, to what extent is that true? It can be difficult to determine, since some workplaces are tattoo-friendly while others are not. And unless you want to wait until you get a long-term job to get a tattoo, it can be a tough decision to make. So here is how tattoos affect what jobs you can get, depending on placement, industry and the specific role you’re looking for.

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How Have Public Perceptions Changed?

When it comes to tattoos, the world is certainly a different place than it was a few decades ago. While tattoos once signified biker gangs and criminals, they are now relatively commonplace. So, a tattoo is far from an irredeemable mark that will prevent you from working a job like anyone else. However, that doesn’t mean that it won’t have any impacts down the line.

How Does Tattoo Placement Affect Employability

One of the most significant determining factors when it comes to employability is where the tattoo is placed. While attitudes have generally become more positive towards tattoos, some employers have policies that tattoos must be covered. As a result, arm, leg and torso tattoos may be more favorable to those looking to keep as many options open as possible. Neck, face and hand tattoos, however, are difficult to cover, and are more likely to prevent you from being hired.

Which Industries Are Tattoo Friendly?

Whether your tattoos affect what job prospects you have also depends on what industry you want to work in. Some industries tend to be accepting towards tattoos, while others are less so. Some industries that are known for being tattoo friendly are arts related fields and the creative sector, driving, the beauty industry, IT, food service, and fitness. Some industries that tend to be less tattoo friendly are government jobs, teaching, the legal field, management and healthcare.

What Roles Are Tattoo Friendly?

It can also depend on your specific role within the industry. As a general rule, customer facing jobs tend to be less accepting towards tattoos than non-customer facing jobs. Businesses that offer remote work are also more likely to be tattoo friendly.

See also: How To Choose A Tattoo Artist

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Zoe Kramer is a full-time staff writer on Freshered. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.