7 Jobs That You Are Prohibited from With Colorblindness

by Rich on June 5, 2012 · 17 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!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

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.


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 ?


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.


Jane November 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

This is the stupidest without fact article ever written!


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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.


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


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????


a June 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I really like reading through a post that can make
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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