Tattoos have become commonplace in the workplace—one in five Americans has a tattoo. In most cases, employers do not think twice when applicants have standard body tattoos. However, many employers still frown upon face or neck tattoos or staff supervisors with any tattoos.
"Face tattoos are almost always a non-starter outside of hourly work," said the founder and CEO of career website, Ladders. Hand tattoos are less controversial, but still seem out-of-place in many workplaces.
Many employers scrutinize appearance more for their higher-level employees. Most executives do not have any tattoos.
However, tattoos are more common among younger Americans—40 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 have one—so employers are likely to see more tattooed applicants. Although 63 percent of Americans age 60 and older think tattoos are unprofessional, less than 25 percent of millennials take the same view. Rachel Premack "Experts say there are 2 types of tattoos that are still a 'no-go' at work — and they're likely to outright disqualify you from some jobs," businessinsider.com (Oct. 05, 2018).