For millions of people, a background check is a significant barrier to employment. Though at first thought, it’s easy to empathize with employers who immediately discard anyone with a criminal record or run-in with the law, it’s become a serious and spreading problem for people who are simply trying to get back into the workforce. Many times, background checks aren’t even accurate — and they can lead to missed job opportunities for otherwise deserving candidates.
The worst part? The companies who provide background checks to employers have little or no incentive to make sure they’re providing accurate documents. Some people are fighting hard to expose this, but even right now, people remain jobless through no fault of their own. This is why we’ve seen some policymakers take action — like when the Obama administration “blocked the box” on federal job applications, in order to make it easier for the formerly incarcerated to get jobs.
But let’s say you do have a criminal record and are having a tough time getting a job. The truth is, there are certain jobs you’ll likely never get. Depending on the nature of your past crimes or convictions, and the laws in your specific area, you may be barred completely from holding certain jobs. As unfair or disheartening as it may be, if you have a spotty background, you may be better off looking at alternate career paths.
Here are seven jobs you’ll probably never get with a criminal record.