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What is the purpose of a career A career provides a framework for life development a sort of independence one can have in his or her life Employment provides a person with the opportunity for social interaction and a salary with which to provide the resources needed to survive Finding a job in America is not an easy task to say the least So what are the odds of a hearing impaired person finding a job that is both of interest and ability level If one is deaf the chances of finding a job are less than optimal One that is deaf or hard of hearing must overcome prejudices and gain acceptance in order to become successful at their chosen career Studies have shown that a majority of deaf workers are not in their particular career field out of choice So then what types of professions are those of the deaf community occupying Many of the jobs that the deaf hold are generally unskilled semiskilled or otherwise manual occupations Those that are of lost job security and little opportunity for advancement beyond entry-level Those that pay low wages primarily paying approximately 72 as much as the average hearing worker in the labor force Boone 1988 In the past the career that most deaf people fall into is in some way related to printing which according to Crammatte is not a professional occupation because those of the deaf community that are in professional occupations are a rare and anomalous group of workers Crammatte 1988 As well the printing jobs are not by choice per say but rather a job they are able to do because they are able to sustain the loud noises associated with printing without it affecting their work performance Crammatte 1988 The idea of the deaf not being able to speak write intelligibly or comprehend technical materials is also a continuing stereotype that hinders
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