10 Career Opportunities for Convicted felons - Part 3

If you are a convicted felon, you may be carrying some doubt about future work and career opportunities. Fortunately, more and more companies in the United States have become open to hiring people who don’t come up clean on their background checks.


This is part three of our three-part blog series about what kind of jobs an ex-felon can get. Make sure to read parts one and two to get the full extent of our list.


We have previously discussed six career options, and here are the final four:


  1. Carpenter


Carpentry is an industry that offers stable employment and career advancement opportunities. Carpenters can earn an average of $45,000 per year. If you work in a bigger construction company, you may even end up operating heavy equipment for bigger projects.


You can start by becoming a carpenter’s apprentice—no formal training is required, though most employers require a high school diploma or a GED. Apprentices can graduate to full-time workers after further experience and technical training.


  1. Entrepreneur


If you are a creative person and want to channel your energy safely, you can start your own business. One of the biggest benefits of working for yourself is that you are not beholden to anyone else’s employee standards and HR decisions.


Entrepreneurship is not an easy career choice. You need to start with significant capital, and it takes a lot of hard work and consistency to find success, especially in the beginning. However, if you are passionate and determined, this can be an excellent path for you. If it’s too much of a risk to start on your own, you can work with a business partner or two to get the ball rolling.


  1. Marketing


Marketers help businesses sell their products through market research and advertising. You can get a foot in the door in the marketing industry by promoting affiliate products online. You can also opt to learn as you go and sell your own products yourself through drop shipping. There are many online classes and training courses that you can take to make a living through advertising.


  1. Freelancing


In the golden age of technology, anyone can be a freelancer. No matter your age, skill, experience, or background, you only need a computer and an internet connection to begin. Some entry-level freelancing niches include data entry, customer service, sales, and graphic design.


Online freelancing platforms will allow you to put up a work profile where you can apply for jobs. Thousands of start-ups and established companies contract freelancers for on-site or remote work. You can upskill as much as you feel you are capable, and you can increase your freelance rate as you get more experience and establish trust with your clients.




If you have a criminal record, all is not lost on the career front. Getting back into the workforce can seem intimidating, but don’t let your fear get in the way of the opportunity to get your life back on track.


There are many resources online that can help you get a foot in the door in many industries. This is part three of our three-part blog series, so click back to parts one and two for even more career options.


FallenValor has a list of jobs that hire felons in Oklahoma City. We work with over 3,500 employers in the state of Oklahoma to give hope to those who want a better life. We are dedicated to ensuring all ex-felons have free access to our business directory. Find your new job today!


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