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Tattoos Are No Longer A Hindrance To Getting Good Jobs, Confirms Study

Mark Andrew

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  • Tattoos do not prevent people from getting hired in good jobs, according to a recent research.
  • The study, conducted by the University of Miami Business School and the University of Western Australia Business School involved more than 2,000 individuals in the United States.

Remember how our parents and relatives told us that having tattoos on our bodies can be an obstacle to getting good jobs? While that may have been true at some point in the past, that no longer applies in the modern world today.

This has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the University of Miami Business School and the University of Western Australia Business School. In the said research, we are told that people’s views regarding skin art in the workplace have significantly evolved in the past years that they do not affect an individual’s salary or employability anymore.

The team gathered information from over 2,000 individuals scattered across 50 US states and they discovered that based on statistics, the yearly income of employees with tattoos were “indistinguishable” compared with workers who didn’t have any body art at all.

What’s even more interesting is that it has also been observed that men who had tattoos had higher chances of getting employed.

In an Independent interview, study co-author Andrew Timming, who is a human resource management associate professor at the University of Western Australia Business School, said that men who had one or more tattoo enjoyed “slight, but significant, increase in employability” of about 7.3%.

The same couldn’t be said about women, however, since the team observed “no difference in employability” between those with tattoos and those who did not.


Still, the researchers pointed out they didn’t find sufficient evidence that tattooed individuals faced discrimination in the workplace.

Skin art has indeed become more widely accepted in the world of employment, the study said.

As Timming added:

“This may be explained by the fact that many young people have gotten tattoos in the last coupled decades, and as they age, they become managers and decision-makers. They are therefore more accepting of body art than their older colleagues.”

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