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What career/industries make it easier to be open with your non-belief?

As a teacher who works with many religious students, I don't feel that it is possible to be open about my atheism. I obviously don't discuss it with my students, because I think that would be inappropriate. I keep my classroom as secular as possible. But I don't feel I can be open about my atheism with my colleagues either. I don't friend them on Facebook out of fear they will find out.

But I have known other atheists who can be very open about it at work.

I'm just wondering if there are certain types of jobs/careers/industries that make it easier for an atheist to be open about that side of themselves?

tornsculpture 4 Feb 25

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I own my own businesses. I can be as open about my atheism as I want.

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Musician/Artist...cuz...duh....hehe

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Thinking about it further, I think it really has to do with WHERE (what part of the country) you work, not just the industry, though the industry is another factor.

I have heard of atheist teachers, who don't discuss it in the classroom, but they get found out and the parents and admin find a way to indirectly get that teacher out of the classroom.

I teach math, which is pretty cut and dry. But I imagine some other teachers, such as history or science teachers, run into issues where it becomes difficult to remain neutral regarding certain content, such as evolution, and ancient history.

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sometimes, how a person "carries" their beliefs, or perhaps "wears" them, has more to do with being accepted than the branding it bears. even a christian can be turned off by a jesus freak.

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Software development.

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I'm sure being a Dr especially in a children's hospital would make it easy to be an atheist

I imagine it could be frustrating, too.... working with religious parents who fear medical science, but embrace prayer. Or those that "thank god" but not the doctors.

I don't know about the doctor thing. Most of the surgeons I have worked for are very religious. I would say most people in healthcare are. It's kind of bizarre.

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Lil Abner's job - Mattress Tester. Snoooooze ZZZZ....

Seriously though, I would think government positions would be the best in general. I work in IT and have rarely had a problem with believers. There was one support call I went on though and as soon as I walked in the door with "Hello, I'm here to assist blah blah" I got hit with "Have you been saved?" I couldn't get a word in edgewise for the next 10 minutes and got out of there as quickly as possible - total freakout...

LMAO @ that 1st line! LOL

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You hear that working for the government is problematic for Atheists, but I have worked for NY State, Georgia State, Federal, and County levels. Never had a problem.

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Well I'm a metal DJ/Producer at YO Radio's Los Anarchy channel. The only person who gives me any shit is the guy who hosts our Christian Metal show every Sunday "All Mighty Metal. And it will never go anywhere as I am his show's producer...lol

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What’s there to talk about unless someone else brings up the subject of their or others’ beliefs? In that sense, it’s not like you’d randomly approach someone and tell them that you don’t believe in the tooth fairy. It’s only when they say something about their, or others’, belief in the tooth fairy that one would even mention it. I guess you could bring the subject up when stimulated by an image of the tooth fairy on a school wall, but that is still resulting from someone’s positive statement. An atheist world wouldn’t discuss the lack of beliefs, much like we don’t discuss the lack of belief of Thor, Zeus, Osiris...

If the subject is brought up, then you have every right and freedom to speak your viewpoint.

Oh, I’m a land and construction surveyor. I say what I want, when I want.

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I work in an IT company which we are all on the non believer side of things. I actually worry that if we get a believer at the job that they might feel a little like an outsider.

JeffB Level 6 Feb 25, 2018
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i am an atheist as well. i leave it at the door of my career . i am open in my personal life. i see this come up allot with teachers in your shoes. keeping it secular and not telling your coworkers is best. the main career that exist , that would welcome open atheist would be the hard sciences. though you won't hear neil degrass tyson admitting he is an atheist, he deals with the public too much as an educator. he always side steps the word atheist being applied to him.

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Maybe a writer

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I'm a teacher but don't worry about being "found out." Bay Area is pretty liberal. In the classroom I concentrate on demonstrating the principles that matter. If you consider yourself atheist or agnostic, I don't understand why it would matter to you to talk about it with others, any more than I would talk about the fact that I am not a Rastfarian. Share the things that matter: integrity, compassion, perspective...these are things that all can benefit from.

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I'd think it woudl be any science based or tech based industry.

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Science and medicine usually.

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I am a psychotherapist by training and I have been doing social work duty for about 5 years. It has happened to me that I meet people, say at work (the nature of my work makes me meet a fair number of people) with whom I have worked over time and obtained their respect through my actions; which makes them consider me a “moral” person. And then they know I am an atheist and kind of turn their set of notions upside down. By then they have trusted me and I have not let them down, and they have to admit that one can be “moral” without god. In that position, I feel comfortable outing my atheism. In the social services most people lean to the left and are more apt to accept an atheist.

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Im on the thought process that all avenues of life are gettin easier to be an open atheist cuz we are growing quick since the internet came along. within 10 more years im thinking we might even have a large enough presence that even politicians will have to address us in there agendas. if all atheists would go vote I think we could do that now cuz we are over 20% of the population. and since less than 50% do go vote if we all show up and demand something they wouold have ot listen cuz we would have a huge power position.

jorj Level 8 Feb 25, 2018
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Wow, what a good ?. I think maybe medicine?

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Librarians are generally pretty open-minded. I'm not mentioning the circulation dept. I'm not mentioning the circulation department. I'm not mentioning the circulation department.....(gritting my teeth.....)

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Yes. If I said more ... .

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I am in my second career in Insurance and retirement planning. I work with seniors who are retiring and going on medicare and help them choose the right insurance to cover their co-pays and out of pocket expense for their Medicare and final expense. I am in the south and would not even be allowed in the door if any of them knew that I was an Atheist.

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Yes, I remember many awkward questions as a teacher, especially in religious schools!

One of many reasons I got out got back to my love of the arts. In most of my circles, you can be open about almost anything but it's only on rare occasions it come up as idle chatter.

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I'm a spiritualist, and it was never a problem for me in the workplace--because nobody knew. 😉

marga Level 7 Feb 25, 2018
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I'm atheist and it has no impact on my job. I work in an office with many other people though I primarily work on my own. If anyone asks, I say I'm not religious. I neither advertise my views nor hide them. But, I don't know the religious views of 95% of my co-workers. Only a few have religious items on their desks. So, personally, I don't really think it matters.

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