14 vegan-friendly careers & jobs that make a positive impact
Looking to find a career that fits your lifestyle and your choice to go vegan? We’ve got some options
If you’ve made the decision to embrace a vegan lifestyle, it is likely that it was more than a choice about nutrition. It was about the values you wanted to demonstrate to the world.
Those values are, however, are more than just a part of what you place on your plate at mealtimes. It’s about what you wear, how you treat animals, and how you live your life. It can also extend to how you choose to pay your bills.
Some ways to earn a living are inherently more friendly to a vegan lifestyle than others are. Below, we have a list of choices that are compatible with a vegan lifestyle. They’re profitable, they’re engaging, and they’re ethical. Take a look.
Animal sanctuary staff
Throughout the United States, animal sanctuaries are opening up as a refuge to animals that have been mistreated and abused. These animals can often come from a number of bad situations, including factory farms for the meat industry. The sanctuaries view these animals as fully-sentient, living beings that deserve to live their full, natural lives humanely. Their care, including medical care, food, shelter, and interactions with animals and other humans, reflect this.
Career progression: A career path at an animal sanctuary can start with general farm work but can grow into helping in the office, raising money to support the animals’ care, and more.
Retailer at a health food store or greengrocer
Some grocery stores offer healthier, and more vegan-friendly-options than others. When you work for them, you are not only helping them to get their tasks done, you’re also contributing to their ability to fulfill their mission. You’ll be interacting with community members to inform them about vegan-friendly options and healthy nutrition. You’ll have the chance to encourage others to more fully embrace a meat-free lifestyle.
Career progression: Similarly to other retailers, a career here can begin in entry-level opportunities on the store floor, and progress into management or corporate opportunities.
Animal rights lawyer
If you’re passionate about improving the lives of animals, one of the most impactful ways to help them is through the legal system. As long as laws allow animals to be mistreated, it will be difficult to make a meaningful difference. Animal rights lawyers work within the established legal system to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Career progression: Work is often available through animal advocacy organizations such a the Humane Society of the United States. Some supervisory positions may be available at larger organizations.
Writers can use their pen and their keyboard to help inform the public about the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle and the issues in the animal farming industry. They can write for vegan-friendly publications, journalism outlets, advocacy organizations, and more. They can also develop grant applications for nonprofit organizations that support animal welfare.
Career progression: As writers grow their craft, they can earn more per article. They can also progress into editors or move from grant writers into the resource development field.
Careers that have a focus on conservation can encompass a wide range of work locations and job descriptions. Local municipalities often hire arborists and sustainability experts, while some energy companies may hire workers to take part in energy savings initiatives for their customers. Jobs include conservation of land, water, and other natural resources. Workers can work locally or can discover a job that takes them throughout the globe on work trips.
Career progression: With a wide variety of job focus areas, it is difficult to outline a single career path. Opportunities include both staff and management roles.
According to Foodable Labs, as reported to the UK Independent, in 2018, 51 percent of chefs added vegan items to their menus.
Restaurants are recognizing that their customers are looking for highly ethical, delicious, plant-based food choices. According to Foodable Labs, as reported to the UK Independent, in 2018, 51 percent of chefs added vegan items to their menus. As a result, there’s an increasing number of opportunities for trained chefs that have experience working with ingredients, preparing food, and crafting vegan-friendly menus. These chefs can work in a variety of locations. You’ll find them working in restaurants and pop-ups, working for vegan-friendly corporations, working as caterers, or running their own food trucks at events.
Career progression: When working in a restaurant, chefs can progress from line-staff into a head-chef role. In companies, this position can progress into management.
One of the most vegan-friendly careers out there is to become a farmer that grows the most nutritious and ethically sound food possible. Resisting the use of GMO seeds, pesticides, and other questionable practices isn’t easy, but it is fulfilling. It is also a great job for someone who’d rather roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty than to spend time in an office.
Career progression: Once you’ve established a farm, it’s possible to grow your business by seeking out CSA (community supported agriculture) share customers, participating in farmer’s markets, holding farming classes for the public, and identifying restaurants to supply.
As more individuals embrace a vegan-friendly lifestyle, there’s a growing need for them to ensure that they’re not missing out on important nutrients. Nutritionists with experience in plant-based diets can help them understand how to make sure they’re getting all of the vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and calcium their bodies require. They work in a variety of settings, ranging from individual practices to doctor’s offices, food services preparation to specialized retail environments.
Career progression: Within corporations, nutritionists can move up through the ranks of management. Individuals working on their own need to develop ways to grow their businesses.
Teaching is the ultimate way to help future generations be more compassionate and thoughtful in their choices.
Serving as a teacher can be a vegan-friendly career with little, if any, negative impact on animals. What is most vegan-friendly about it, however, is the chance it offers to educate future generations on compassion, research, and ecology.
Teaching is the ultimate way to help future generations be more compassionate and thoughtful in their choices. As they grow up, they may apply your lessons to animal welfare, food choices, and the variety of possibilities available with nutrition that doesn’t hurt others.
Career progression: Teaching can evolve into positions within an administration or into one-on-one tutoring opportunities.
This highly traditional and well-paid career path is a job with an ideal vantage point to advise individuals about healthier, more animal-friendly nutrition opportunities. It is also a chance to show them how animal-friendly eating can positively affect long-term health conditions that they’re experiencing. Doctors can also be involved in developing non-animal based treatment options for a range of conditions.
Career progression: Doctors can advance through hospital administration, advance in a corporate setting, or develop their own practice as a small business.
Vegan-friendly fashion designer
Vegans know that animals aren’t just consumed on your plate. They’re also integrated into a variety of products people regularly use — including their clothes. Vegan-friendly fashion designers help to develop animal-friendly clothing alternatives. They help people ensure that what they’re wearing is as much a reflection of their values as anything else.
Career progression: Designers may develop products on their own or join the staff of a larger design firm that shares the same ethics. A progression path depends on where a designer works and the size of the company.
Publicist/social media strategist
It is important for animal-friendly nonprofit organizations to spread the word about what they’re doing. Publicists and social media strategists help to do that.
Like many other organizations, vegan-friendly nonprofit groups, farms, and animal sanctuaries need the help of qualified public relations pros. It is important for animal-friendly nonprofit organizations to spread the word about what they’re doing. Publicists and social media strategists help to do that. This includes both skilled traditional PR practitioners and those who know how to manage a social media following. These tasks help them recruit donations, find volunteers, and spread their mission to the wider community.
Career progression: Individuals with these skills can take on freelance work or move into higher levels of management within the company they work for.
Well-established and active animal rights organizations need staff members to help them plan events, run campaigns, mobilize community members, and ensure office work gets done. Depending on the size of the organization, your role can include a combination of any of these tasks. It is ideal for someone with a passion for animals who is looking for variety in their workday. It is also a way to be on the front lines in making a difference for animals who have felt the brunt of human impacts.
Career progression: Anyone in an activist role can move up into management or work at a larger organization.
A variety of creative fields
Anyone working in a creative field can go a long way towards helping advocate for a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle. For example, musicians can create and perform moving melodies, documentary filmmakers can create informative visual narratives, and social media influencers can promote the benefits of the lifestyle to their followers. If you have a talent to share, you may be able to put it to use for the better good.
Career progression: This varies widely depending on the medium you use and your ability to grow your audience.
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