If you’re considering life as a military man, your beard will have to go while you’re enlisted.
The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps banned beards to ensure soldiers’ personal hygiene and ability to seal chemical weapon protective masks. In addition, military opinion holds that eliminating facial hair options creates uniformity and camaraderie.
In 2018, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces referred to beards as “relaxed grooming standards,” “part of pop culture” and “a tangible gimmick” in an interview with “Military Times.”
Troxell said clean-shaven service members are “the ethical standard-bearers, globally, for everything that is right about our country.”
Bartenders, Servers and Chefs
Food industry professionals often encounter issues with extra hair present because guests understandably don’t like loose strands garnishing their food.
On the upside, beards aren’t completely out of the question when it comes to working as a bartender, server or chef. There is a possibility you can keep your edgy look without missing out on a job opportunity.
On the downside, beards may lose their aesthetic when working in a restaurant. Some employers require employees with long hair or beards to wear hair nets, ensuring no hair makes its way on to the plates.
Sales and Business Professionals
While a traditional white-collar office isn’t the first place you’d think of seeing beards, facial hair can actually help in sales and business.
Studies show that people view men with beards as more aggressive, dominant and confident, which are often considered strong qualities in a sales or businessman.
In addition, beards also provide a perception of age, maturity and good physical health, which often makes the man appear more trustworthy.
Doctors and Medical Staff
Depending on which role they hold in the hospital, doctors can sport varying lengths of beards.
In some instances, doctors prefer to shave less because keeping facial hair is more convenient while working long shifts and brings better results when communicating with patients.
In a 1985 letter published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, physician F.A. Colby argued for his beard saying, “it is a comfort to stroke it and look wise while making a doubtful diagnosis” and that he grew it in an attempt “lose the title of ‘the young doctor.'”
In other cases, surgeons and doctors conducting technical work often choose to shave to avoid spreading harmful pathogens or contaminating tests. They can also be required to shave if their facial hair interferes with the seal of a needed medical mask in the course of their work.
Jobs that let you keep a burly beard
Luckily, some professions have made the switch to allowing beards be the new norm. If you’re looking for a career that likely won’t think twice about your beard as an application deterrent, check out these jobs. They promise to let you showcase more of your personal style on the clock.
Barber It pretty much goes without saying, a profession focused on crafting the ultimate beard and hair styles allows its employees and contractors to rock unique facial hair looks. If the choice to keep your beard stems from a passion for facial hair, pursuing a career as a barber will offer you the ideal creative outlet. Lastly, mechanics also often rock burly beards. When working in and under cars and trucks, dirt and debris are often flying everywhere. Having a beard in this case often protects a mechanics mouth and nose area.
The important key to remember in a dirtier profession is to wash your beard thoroughly when you get home. Bacteria leftover from work can cause breakouts, itch and scraggly styles if not cared for properly after work. Investing in a gentle beard shampoo and conditioner will help your beard stay clean and healthy