When students graduate from high school or college, they typically accept the first job they can, with the belief that they will eventually be promoted, or they will gain experience and move on to bigger and better things. After some time working for an employer, many employees will pursue other careers for better opportunities, more money, more interesting work, and better promotional opportunities. The Halal-conscious individual may pursue a career in an area that is considered Halal or at least avoid workplaces that are not Halal.
For example, many Muslims will not consider working in an environment that is contrary to Islamic values and traditions.
These May include:
- Bars, Wineries, and Other Alcohol-Related Industries
- Adult Entertainment
- Casinos, Gambling Establishments, Gaming Apps
- Pork Processors, Distributors, and Retailers
Some may avoid careers with banks, insurance companies, and other institutions that profit from interest, as well as other financial investment institutions, like commodity trading where transactions are similar to gambling.
Ethical and Halal Careers
Many Halal enthusiasts will take things a step further. They decide not to seek employment with any company that hurts society or the environment. They prefer to work in socially ethical and environmentally sustainable professions.
These may include:
- Sustainable energy solutions
- Sustainable food production
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental conservation
- Social agencies
- Government agencies
At this moment in history, those seeking more Halal and ethical employment are not only high school and college graduates, but there is also a massive wave of mid-career switchers. According to the US Chamber of Commerce, the pandemic allowed people, in general, to “re-evaluate” what they value in life and how they spend their time. In a study, they found that work-life balance, flexible scheduling, and a positive culture are just as important to most people as money and benefits. This relates to many Muslim employees who desire to work in a Halal environment or one where they can easily practice their faith.
There are many Halal career choices and too many to mention in this article. Job seekers and career planners may want to simply eliminate the list of jobs, income streams, or workplaces that are not Halal, and consider everything else eligible to pursue.
The Halal Industry Opportunities
Many job seekers tend to overlook the many opportunities offered by the Halal industry. The Halal industry is growing and provides opportunities in nearly every sector of the economy. For those looking for growth, lifestyle, and the ability to practice their faith, the Halal industry just may tick all the boxes.
- Food and Beverage
- Health and Wellness
- Personal Care and Beauty
And services like:
- Research and Publication
- Event Planning
- Financial Services
- Restaurant and Hospitality
- Government Services
ISA is a Halal Certifier and Educator that works within and contributes to the Halal Industry. Employees at ISA do the following:
• Product Ingredient Reviews & Approvals
• Facility Audit Inspections
• Product & Facility Certifications
• Raw & Finished Material Certificates
• Export Certificates
• Halal Slaughter & Supervision Services
• Halal Slaughterman Training/Certification
• Halal Market Education and Training
• Creation of Halal protocols and systems for food preparation and restaurant operations
The current economy and labor shortage are providing opportunities for people to pursue new careers. Considering a new career or career change is a big deal. You’re going to spend a considerable amount of time and energy in your new career. Your chosen career touches nearly every aspect of your life, so it’s wise to choose a path that fits your goals and values.