Employment Trends

10 Jobs That Don’t Require a Drug Test

Written by Peter Jones

If you’re a stoner—or a medical user—or just someone who enjoys the occasional recreational puff, it’s good to know which jobs you can apply for without having to worry about a drug test. Rather than sweat the test in the hiring process, why not focus on a job that won’t bother?

The good news is, there are plenty of jobs that don’t drug test typically. Here are a few favorites.

1. Chef

As long as you can expertly and efficiently prepare excellent meals, no one cares what you do on your days off. It’s an expense most restaurants won’t prioritize. If you can’t cook, you could also try for a job as a restaurant manager and oversee things instead.

2. Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers and accountants might have to go through drug testing if they want to work for a company. But if you build your own bookkeeping or accounting business, you’re your own boss and on your own.

3. IT/Programmer

Again, if you’re a self-employed consultant rather than a member of a corporate staff, you can avoid drug testing and still tinker with computers for cash.

4. Event Planner

If you’re super organized and great at throwing parties or planning weddings, then this self-contracting gig could be great for you.

5. Graphic Designer

Creative professionals tend to get evaluated more on their talent rather than their squeaky clean drug-free record. If you have the skills, chances are you’ll never be asked to pee in a cup.

6. Animator/Visual Effects/Video Game Designer

2D and 3D designers, like video game designers, often work for studios that encourage a climate of openness and collaboration—and aren’t terribly keen on drug testing.

7. Fashion/Interior designer

Whether you design clothes or help people decorate their homes, you will probably work for yourself. Therefore, you set the rules. And you don’t bother with drug tests. You could even consider doing floral design and making beautiful flower arrangements from the comfort of your own nursery.

8. Cosmetologist

Make people pretty, employ yourself, and do whatever you like on your weekends. Be careful to avoid salons that are more corporate and would be more likely to test. You could also consider working as a makeup artist and hire yourself out for events and weddings.

9. Dog Trainer

Be the dog whisperer of your town. You’ll tend to be self-employed, so drug tests are not likely to be a problem.

10. Personal Trainer

Here again, you can be your own boss. And most gyms and fitness clubs don’t bother with drug tests, anyway. It’s a great career to make sure you keep yourself fit and help others to do so as well.

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Peter Jones