31 Jobs Asthmatics Should Not Take

by John Bottrell Health Professional

Ideally you should be able to participate in any profession if your asthma is under control. Realistically, however, you'll want to avoid possible asthma triggers, such as dust, chemicals or smoke.

So, that in mind, each of the following jobs has the potential to expose you to asthma triggers, and you may wish to consider choosing another profession.

  1. Lumberjack (outdoor allergens, sawdust)

  2. Construction (dust)

  3. Building destruction/ demolition (dust)

  4. Roadwork (dust)

  5. Electrician (dust)

  6. Factory work/ manufacturing (fumes, dust, chemicals)

  7. Welding (fumes)

  8. Auto mechanic/ auto body repair (fumes, chemicals)

  9. Carpentry (wood dust, house dust)

  10. Farmer (outdoor and animal allergies)

  11. Winter athletics (cold air triggers asthma, and may even cause it)

  12. Cigarette tester (bad for lungs)

  13. Landscaping/ lawn care (outdoor allergens)

  14. Door to door salesperson (house pets, wood smoke, cigarette smoke, house dust, etc.)

  15. Carpet cleaning (dust)

  16. Janitor (dust)

  17. Housekeeping (house allergens)

  18. Mountain climber (decreased oxygen level)

  19. Bar tending/ waiter, waitress (if smoking is allowed)

  20. Baking (flour dust)

  21. Mining (obvious reasons)

  22. Firefighter (smoke, household allergens, chemicals)

  23. EMT or Paramedic (exposure to household allergens)

  24. Mail delivery (exposure to elements)

  25. Archaeologist's (dust)

  26. Museum curator (dust)

  27. Librarian (dust mites on old books)

  28. Home healthcare (allergens in homes, cigarette smoke)

  29. Criminal justice (exposure to home allergens, smoke, outdoor elements, stress)

  30. Chemist (chemicals)

  31. Veterinarian (animal dander)

I know, I know, it's kind of frustrating.
I made this list at the recommendation of one of my asthma educators back in 1985, and it was
very frustrating.
Yet I felt better
once I finished
my list of jobs you
CAN do with asthma

John Bottrell
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John Bottrell

John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).