Unfortunate events led to your arrest and a drunk driving charge, but you do not want it to stand in the way of starting or taking the next step in your career. What jobs may you need to reconsider with a DUI?
Chron explores industries, regulations and positions those with a DUI may want to avoid. Understand where to focus your efforts so you do not waste time and energy.
You may encounter resistance if you want a job that involves working with older adults, kids or disabled persons. Because of your DWI, you may not qualify for health care positions that involve driving patients, making deliveries or anything else involving operating a motor vehicle.
Do your career goals require you to have an occupational license in the private or public sector? If so, you may need to complete a criminal background check. Local and state governments handle licensing for personal and social care, medical care, road transportation, education, and water and waste treatment. Federal agencies oversee licenses in shipping, broadcasting, aviation, staff recruitment and nuclear energy. Because licensing authorities navigate arrest records differently, Texas’s department of labor may help you understand the latest local requirements.
Public service positions
To qualify for federal jobs in government agencies and departments, your background check must show you to be “reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States.” Your charge may not automatically disqualify you from a public service position. Instead, the federal government assesses arrests on a case-by-case basis.
A DUI may slow down your career plans rather than halt them completely. Hopefully, you feel better about your prospects.