New Study Says Having Tattoos Might Actually HELP You Get a Job, Make More Money

I’ve been wanting to get my first tattoo for a little while now. Thinking a half-sleeve, left arm. Trying to get the details worked out, but we’ll see how that shit shakes out. Stay tuned. Anyways, on to business…

This is about the folks that currently do have tattoos. According to Bustle, 38% of Millennials between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. In a fancy new study, it was determined that having a tattoo won’t negatively affect your chances at a job, in fact, it might actually HELP you. And, some of these people actually make more money.

The scientists behind the study asked 2,064 people across all 50 U.S. states about their tattoos, earnings, wages, and employment, plus a host of other factors about their lifestyle and background. Only half of the people who answered the questionnaire came from big cities.

So here’s what the study found:

1. Tattoos remain really popular, and are more popular with women.

23% of men said they had at least one tattoo, while nearly 37 percent of women did.

2. Important: researchers discovered that having a tattoo doesn’t appear to be linked in any way to employment discrimination or lower wages.

Also, it doesn’t matter “whether one has a tattoo, number of tattoos, whether the tattoos are visible, and whether they are offensive,” the researchers wrote.

3. People with tattoos might make more money, and find work easier.

From the Human Relations Sage Journals study: people with tattoos worked a few more days and hours a year than people who didn’t, according to the study, and having a tattoo actually seemed to make it a little easier for some men to be employed. Researchers say that these advantages are partly because “tattoos are much more common in blue-collar jobs than in white-collar ones” where men are more likely to work.

In conclusion, the researchers wrote:

“Not only are the wages and annual earnings of tattooed employees in the United States statistically indistinguishable from the wages and annual earnings of employees without tattoos, but tattooed individuals are also just as likely, and in some instances even more likely, to gain employment.”


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