It is one thing to have a second earring opening, and quite another to have a buoyant nose ring or an eyebrow piercing. Once you have an unusual piercing, you become a walking stereotype, proudly asking strangers to judge you.
Although in some cases, the opinion you get is the one you seek, but it is overwhelmingly negative in most business environments. According to reliable reports, 60% of employers in the United States today will not hire candidates with tattoos or body piercings.
The same study indicated that tattoos were the third most common reason used by employers not to promote an employee, just behind bad breath.
However, the good news is that more and more companies are shedding the old perceptions about body art and are changing their policies to at least allow some visible piercings as long as they meet certain criteria.
As long as you’re not looking for a corporate position, you may be able to find a part or full – time job at one of these companies. So, the first thing you need to know is what career fields and companies are body art friendly.
Jobs That Accept Facial Piercings
Table of Content
- 1. IT / Technical Jobs
- 2. DJ
- 3. Bartender/Bar Staff
- 4. Personal Trainer
- 5. Social Media Influencer
- 6. Barber
- 7. Construction Contractor
- 8. Fashion Stylist
- 9. Astrologist
- 10. Nightclub Manager
- 11. Homoeopathist
- 12. Henna Tattoo Artist
- 13. Cook/Chef
- 14. Commercial Driver
- 15. Acupuncturist
- 17. Magician
- 17. Plumber
- 18. Waste Management/Removal
- 19. Paranormal Investigator
- 20. Hair Salon/Spa Staff
1. IT / Technical Jobs
IT jobs or companies tend to care more about vocational/technical schooling and less about appearance. It is a great industry to be if you want to be judged on your abilities rather than your appearance.
People who have an understanding of computer technology and internet language are always in demand and are very often seen with a good amount of weirdness and body art.
One of the best jobs in the entertainment industry is becoming a radio host or a DJ. Every day you get to express yourself on the air.
People won’t usually see you, and as such facial piercings won’t present a problem. However, the success of this career can be slightly less predictable than others, but many entertainment jobs have a solid foundation. Find the one that fits your personality, and you could have a successful career there for years.
3. Bartender/Bar Staff
There aren’t many clubs or bars in the United States that would have a problem with someone who has facial piercings. The more training you have in a specific field (i.e. bartending, security, etc.) the more your skills will be useful to someone looking for help in their bar.
4. Personal Trainer
Although personal trainers are usually self – employed, they can also be hired by gyms. But, it’s another career where individuality can be beneficial. It won’t be looked down upon. When you’re a personal trainer, you’ll work one-on-one with clients.
You may have artwork on your body or a facial piercing but that won’t be a problem. Your clients will be more concerned with how you can help them get fit. It’s more important that you’re in good shape as a trainer. If you have a healthy body, that will be all your clients will see.
Influencers are mostly people who have created a big and engaged following on social media, especially because their followers idolise them and respect their opinions. These people may have acquired a loyal following due to their lifestyle, their job or hobby, the clothes they wear or the stories they tell.
The market for influencers is very large and diverse, meaning almost any brand has the potential to utilise Instagram influencer marketing for their industry and target demographic.
Barbers are known to provide men and boys with grooming services. Some barbers are known to rock body arts and it doesn’t affect their business. Becoming a barber is a great way to make money especially in this time of global recession.
The demand for good barbing services will always be high, and if you have the right skills, news of your abilities will travel far and wide.
7. Construction Contractor
Although home construction industry has its fair share of ups and downs, but commercial construction is always busy. And most employers don’t care about facial piercings, although for safety reasons it may be necessary to remove piercings or keep them covered when on the job.
8. Fashion Stylist
A fashion stylist is an individual or a business that develops the image of people, from models to celebrities, for print, television and movies. Many stylists graduate from colleges with associate or bachelor’s degrees in fashion design, fashion styling or a related major, but there are plenty of fashion stylists without formal training.
Even with a facial piercing, as long as you have the gumption to work on your own and the skills to make someone look good, this is the job for you.
Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects every individual’s mood, personality, and environment, depending on when he was born. Astrologers print horoscopes in newspapers that are personalized by birth date and they are less seen and judged by normal folks.
These horoscopes make predictions in people’s personal lives, describe their personalities, and give them advice; all according to the position of astronomical bodies.
10. Nightclub Manager
Indeed, the idea of running and managing a nightclub may be attractive to anyone with facial piercings, as it involves creating an entertaining social establishment where people can always meet up and interact with their friends without judging you for your body arts, but it still requires strong business skills and good interpersonal skills. This isn’t to say that the other qualities of running a nightclub don’t count, because they do.
Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that leverages a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labelled sickness.
12. Henna Tattoo Artist
Henna is plant that has a dye, lawsone, in its leaves, and that dye will stain skin, fingernails and hair. Henna paste stains skin just as a wet teabag stains a white tablecloth. A henna artist will apply henna paste in patterns on people’s skin, and that will leave a temporary stain when the paste falls off.
The henna stain will be orange when the paste comes off, and that stain will darken to a dark brick red or brown colour in 48 hours. Henna patterns on skin last from 1 – 5 weeks. Henna lasts longest on palms and soles. Henna lasts briefly on upper arms, backs, and faces.
For a very long time, it seems as if the culinary world and the body art world just go together like two peas in a pod. Chefs with body art are everywhere and if you can impress your customers with what’s on their plate, they’re not going to care how much ink you have. Some piercings may need to be removed or covered for safety purposes while on the job.
14. Commercial Driver
In the United States, many transportation companies, like taxicab services, are unconcerned with your outward appearance.
In fact, many taxi drivers are technically “self – employed” – they pay their own expenses and make their own schedules. Delivery services – whether they be independent or company – specific, are also fine with their drivers having body art.
Acupuncturists are known to treat a variety of physical and psychological issues like hypertension or anxiety. The practice is also used to maintain general health. As an acupuncturist, you’ll consult with patients about their symptoms, diagnose the issue and treat it using acupuncture needles and other tools.
The theory is that energy flows through certain meridians, or pathways, in the body and corresponds to certain internal organs or body parts. The role of an acupuncturist is to assist in rebalancing that energy flow so the body can repair itself and your clients will mainly judge you by the results you help them achieve.
A magician is an entertainer who performs magic tricks, sleet-of-hand routines and card tricks for the amusement of the public at functions and public gatherings. A magician is a professional entertainer who uses various methods of magic or illusion to astound watching audiences.
Magic is a performing art which uses natural means to achieve the illusion of supernatural feats. Modern magic for the purposes of public entertainment typically falls into one of several categories; table magic, performance magic (such as wedding magic) and illusion.
Plumbers are judged mainly by their skill set and not by how the look. These skilled experts ensure that potable and sewer water pipes are well – maintained and up to local building codes. Your ideal customers are usually living in residential properties.
However, some plumbers obtain corporate or commercial contracts and work exclusively with businesses. Plumbers usually get business either through referrals or targeted marketing, like direct mail.
18. Waste Management/Removal
Although this might not be a glamorous job, but someone has to do it and it pays really well. Whether you drive a trash collection truck or work in the recycling department, most waste management companies are accepting of employees with piercings, although some facial piercings will need to be removed for safety purposes.
19. Paranormal Investigator
According to Wikipedia, ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts. More or less, a ghost – hunting team will attempt to collect evidence supporting the existence of paranormal activity.
They leverage a variety of electronic devices, including EMF meters, digital thermometers, both handheld and static digital video cameras, including thermographic and night vision cameras, as well as digital audio recorders.
Body arts are seen as a norm for individuals in this field and you will be judged less in this field than in any other enforcement job.
20. Hair Salon/Spa Staff
If you have special skills in doing hair, makeup, nails, massages, or any other salon/spa services, there is a good chance that your facial piercing will be accepted in most shops. Note that some of them may be more pretentious than others, but there are many salons that service a trendy/couture crowd and are happy to accept employees who fit in with the edgy clientele.
If you don’t have any salon skills, you could still possibly get a job as a receptionist, but those availabilities are few and far between so be prepared to apply at a lot of shops.
Body art, especially visible facial piercing is a controversial subject and is likely to remain so in coming years. These expression once seen as a sign of rebellion, is becoming the norm for the younger generation.
Perhaps the following generation seeking their own way to stand apart from their parents and grandparents will proclaim their nonconformity with the absence of tattoos and body piercings.