7 Jobs That You Are Prohibited from With Colorblindness

by Rich on June 5, 2012 · 39 comments


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.

Pilot’s 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.

Baggage Handler

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?

Police Officer

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!

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Q Riddell September 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

To who ever wrote this article, you need to get some of your facts right. The details you speak of in each job are merely guesses to what colour vision for that role is based on. Yes colour deficient vision does exclude some from certain occupations. But rules and regulations are slowly changing. I myself am a fire fighter with red colour deficient vision. I can tell the colour difference between all types of extinguishers but they also have symbols and markings to tell them apart as well. This is how a lot of industries are changing so people with colour vision defects are not excluded as much any more. There are thousands of pilots flying commercial airliners today who have colour deficient vision. Google the name Arthur Pape and you find numerous articles of his work to see for yourself. You describe colour deficient people as true colourblind Monochromatic (black and white vision). That condition is very rare. The rest of us see a range of colours. But we are not all completely colourblind!!


Brian September 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

This is has to be the most useless article have read in a long time. You have limited information and perpetuating bad information. Yes, there at limitation on jobs for the color defection; however, the lens that you are marketing can not be using to gain employment in most cases and there use is prohibited. The use can grounds for termination at any point in the future, if someone does get hired.


Brian September 28, 2013 at 5:59 am

This should have been in the general reply. Smart phone are not at smart as we think some time.


colorblindforlife March 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

i agree totally. i can see colors and tell the difference between them but i just can’t put a name to them. i have learned ways to cope with this and can tell color apart. some of it is just common sense. stop lights go red, yellow, green. easy to tell. when someone asks me what color their shirt is common sense plays a big part in the answer. if the person is a man then its probably going to be blue. pants also are going to be blue. i don’t see grey shades. again i can see the difference between the colors just have hard times putting a name to them. Riddell is right. people today don’t look down on this. you should really check what you are saying here about being colorblind. all of your example jobs are not out of the questions when it comes to people with colorblindness. i have learned what different shades of a color correspond with which color. i have gotten really good about doing my best on using commonsense and things around me to determine the color of a object. if all else fails ask your partner which you will always have in any of these jobs. please think before you wright


Andy May 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Airlines pilots dont need good colour vision at all. There is nothing in piloting an aircraft that requires us to name colours and nothing is coded with colour which isnt already coded with numbers or letters or shapes. No pilot determines which way another aircraft is going by coloured wingtip lights. Thats a throwback to marine navigation which preceeds aviation. We can tell by relative motion far more easily. There have been scientific studies and lengthy court cases proving a colour blind pilot is no risk to aviation safety. Thats why in Australia we can fly for the airlines by day and by night. Dont let non-experts tell you otherwise. Join the CVDPA and rid the world of all this unjust discrimination.


Ritka September 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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Vitor March 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Wow, I think you will be a great OB. It seems like you have a real love for children, falmiies, and people in general. Sad to say that those qualities are rare traits in todays world. I believe not just anyone should be in just any job because you could be in a job that you hate and end up making everyone who comes in contact with you at work miserable. You have the joy and care to be great at your job and effect those you will be working around not only by your knowledge , but by your love for what you do.


Andy May 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

I forgot to say I am a colour deficient commercial pilot. Cromagen lenses are not the solution. Removal of antiquated and unjustly discriminating regulations is the answer when it is scientifically proven that a colour deficient person can perform a job just as safely as one with normal colour vision.


Michael Negrete May 29, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I have a son who is eleven years old. We found out last year that he was color blind from an eye exam. We really could’nt tell until we started to ask him what color everything around us was. He’s not real bad but he’s slightly color blind. He is mechanically inclined. Would this prevent him from being any type of mechanic ?


Nuzz September 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

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vijay September 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

i m an electronic engineer and a colourblind person, is i m elligible for defence?
plz tell me what career i must choose. is i m elligible for government job or not?
also suggest some sectors in which i m able to get job.


Dr. Turtle Jones, Brain Scientist December 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

You could try the French Foreign Legion they will take anyone with any type of deficiency. only you have to be in pretty good health and able to climb giant sand hills all day long without to much sleep and also be able to get slapped around buy the french foreign dudes that love to small rookie joiners around. if you can make it for a year in the FFL then you can be one of the meanest color blinded guys in town.. i mean after then being color blind wont matter because you can bully your way into any job after a hitch in the French Foreign Legion. Sincerely , yours.. Ferdinand Magelland XXVI


Jane November 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

This is the stupidest without fact article ever written!


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Dr. Turtle Jones, Brain Scientist December 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

Mental Telepathy or by snail mail.. i prefer mental telepathy..


chris March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

Im colour blind and I am a painter so whoever wrote this article is a complete idiot. Get your facts straight.


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todd21 May 1, 2014 at 1:59 am

just started with a large multi-national, if the customers are paying, color blind is mostly irrelevant when your kids need to go to college


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guille June 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

this article annoying.im a electronics technician and im red/brown and yellow/green colorblind and im a good tech.for example when I run into color coded wires or resistors I just use my multi meter to sort it out. when your colorblind and something gives you trouble due to colors you figure out your own way to get the information you need.


Abhishek June 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I am colour blind , can i become an aircfart maintainance engineer????


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a June 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!


Ryan June 30, 2014 at 2:47 am

I am a “colour blind” airline pilot. My professional career started in 1984. I am experienced on Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 Airbus A320 and am currently an instructor on the A330. My “colour blindness ” has never been an impediment to my work. There are tens of thousands of colour vision defective pilots who have been flying around the world for decades. Millions of flying hours and countless sectors have been flown by such pilots. Do you know how many accidents or incidents have been attributed to a pilot being colour blind? Not one. Ever.


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Batman October 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Wow. Great article


Cut the Colour October 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

This article is quite deceptive. Just because someone is colour blind does not mean that they are incapable of taking on any particular career path. Colour blind people are proven to have developed coping mechanisms and systems to avoid difficulty as much as possible.

When avoiding colours becomes to difficult however that’s where we need education to kick in. If we diagnose earlier there are less difficulties than for someone attempting to negotiate a career path right out of high school.


Jack November 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I remember being told I was colourblind in high school and it absolutely destroyed me. All I wanted to do was to become a pilot. Then I wanted to become a fire-fighter and then I found out that was out of the question. I can’t do any of the jobs I want to do because my colourblindness disqualifies me. I also can’t seem to get it graded for example CP3, everywhere I go they always say they can’t accurately diagnose it.


Nate February 2, 2015 at 8:58 pm

I’m red/green color blind I’ve been a police officer for 5 years. Never had any issues descibing suspects. I’ve responded to every call you can think of. domestics, sexual assaults, child abuse/neglect, health and well fair checks, larceny, assault, I even saved a mans life who was stabbed 10 times in a mugging an I found him bleeding out in his car.. the person who wrote this article doesn’t really understand the science of color vision deficiency. Articles like this are how styrotypes are made, and discrimination enter the world.


unknown March 8, 2015 at 6:47 am

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unknown March 8, 2015 at 6:51 am

I thought this was a good web till i read the comments and relised it was useless


unknown March 8, 2015 at 7:00 am

I’m 6 years old and trying to find a web about colour blindness is web true because if it isn’t my teacher will be cross with my facts


unknown March 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

Can Someone please help me


Mrs Murphy March 8, 2015 at 7:03 am

I’m trying to find a job but I’m colour blind are you sure I can’t ably for any of those jobs !????


adnan March 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Hey guys I’m 14 years old and well I live in the uk and right now I am vhosing options for year 10 which made me think of my future career and also im COLOURBLIND which makes me very depressed and also agitated ,so I keep asking myself why am I different and why am i unable to do what I wat it’s not exactly fair. Also recently 8 have wanted to become a n animator but I’m not sure if I can become one plz help me


unknown March 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

even for people who are monochromatic traffic lights should be possible I mean they cannot tell colour but they can see shades and they have spent all their life seeing them as we see colour so they should be able to tell the difference in between a dark light and a light that is lit up. because traffic lights are three lights each with a different colour red yellow green from top to bottom a colourblind person should be able to read them. now if the light was only one that changes colour there might be a problem but that is not how it works.
however I am not colour blind myself nor am I properly educated in that subject so If I am wrong please correct me.


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