Like the boys above, most youngsters dream of becoming a pilot, a firefighter, or policeman. However, these jobs and many more are prohibited from with color blindness. In this article, we are going to cover 7 jobs that specifically prohibit those who deal with colorblindness, and why these restrictions are placed on these jobs.
Operating Motor Vehicles
If you hadn’t thought about this before, you will now. The operation of motor vehicles when colorblind prohibits organizations from hiring those with colorblindness. There are many countries in Europe and Asia that won’t allow those with colorblindness to obtain a driver’s license. Why?
Obviously, traffic lights with color indication are the main reason and a terrible train crash in Sweden in 1875 that prompted the decision in some European countries, to prevent those that are colorblind to get their license.
In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration requires that those who wish to become pilots are tested for normal color vision. Obviously, color is important when it comes to dash instruments, and keep in mind that gun signaling on the tarmac is important for normal vision as well.
In some cases, pilots may be issued a license with restrictions, in which they are not allowed to fly at night, but those who cannot operate with color signals, will not be able to work for an airline.
You may not think that an electrician would be on the last, but it is. Unless you know someone who is an electrician, you may not understand why normal color vision is important. However, electricians deal with color coded wires on a daily basis, making it vital for all electricians to be able to see color.
A firefighter is another profession that you may not have considered needs to have color vision. After all a fire is a fire right? This may be true, but it when comes to using the various pieces of equipment normal color vision is important.
Think about the importance of extinguishers. Detecting the difference between a fire and a water extinguisher is important, so that water isn’t thrown onto an electrical fire.
While having normal vision is seemingly important for a pilot, it is equally important for those who work as baggage handlers too. Some bags are labeled with color coded symbols to indicate what the bags contain. If the bag is marked as not safe for a flight and it does end up on a plane, what could be the end result?
Is it your dream to become a police officer? If you are colorblind it could be that you won’t be allowed to take on your dream job. You might not consider that color has much to do with this job on a regular basis, but in fact that is on the contrary.
Consider that police officers MUST be able to identify and report those that they are to apprehend. If someone gives a description of a suspect, a police officer who is colorblind will not be able to tell the difference in what is red and what is brown.
Being a painter always involves colors, every minute of every day. This job is listed for the obvious reasons, as a painter’s work can be varied. Imagine that you were to hire someone to repaint your home, and it was painted in the wrong color. You wouldn’t be thrilled, right?
These are just 7 positions that prohibit those with color blindness to work them. ChromaGen is able to help, and you can contact us today at (855)473-2323 for more information!