What Jobs Don't Drug Test?

Nowadays most companies drug test applicants before officially hiring them. It's become the norm and it's somewhat rare to find businesses that don't require some form of drug testing. The drug screening corporations around the world have spent a lot of money convincing employers that it's beneficial for their business to test their employees.

They may have a point, since it probably helps cut down on the number of work-related accidents each year, as well as a few other benefits.

But sometimes innocent people are negatively impacted by all of this. In California, medical marijuana is legal, but employers can fire or choose not to hire anybody who is legally using it for medicinal purposes.

Meanwhile, someone who is illegally smoking crack cocaine can easily get a job by simply stopping it for a few days, since it isn't very long before it's no longer detectable in the body by standard drug testing methods.

So if you're one of those innocent people out there who is adversely affected by this whole thing, you're probably going to need to find a job at a place that doesn't drug test.

I've personally worked over 17 jobs in my life and have probably applied at over a thousand. So from my experience, here's a few ideas as to what jobs don't drug test their applicants.

Fast Food and Restaurants

Fast food restaurants almost never drug test, and those that do usually aren't associated with any of the larger chains. I've worked for Mcdonalds, Wendy's, Arbys and Subway, and none of those companies ever drug tested me.

Getting drug tested as a prerequisite for employment would be rare at these kinds of places, but getting drug tested randomly while you're already hired would be even more rare. However, this is mostly true for the large chains and franchises, since a small company could be owned by anybody who has more room to make their own rules for employment.

As far as regular family restaurants, interestingly enough, the opposite rule applies. The big chains are more likely to drug test while the smaller ones are much less likely. Why things are like this? Who knows.

It may be because a family restaurant has to have more of a cleaner image than a fast food restaurant in terms of what types of people they hire.

Customers in fast food restaurants don't expect the red carpet to roll out for them because they don't normally have waiters and waitress who come to the tables. When people go to a family restaurant, they expect their waiter or waitress to look and behave a certain way, with a friendly or bubbly personality. Employers probably view illegal drug users as the opposite of this, or as a major liability.

Under the Table Jobs

Any job that pays under the table is unlikely to have any form of drug testing. In case you don't already know it, "paying under the table" basically means any form of payment that is designed to be hidden from the government or authorities.

It's illegal to pay employees under the table, and employers who do it are usually doing it for dishonest or shady reasons. They might be trying to save money by not paying taxes, it may be a way to avoid providing employees with any form of medical insurance, or they may be trying to pay employees less than minimum wage.

Either way, it would be very rare for someone who is paying their employees in this manner to actually require clean drug tests.

Then again, there's always going to be a few who would prefer drug testing their employees, because then authorities may discover they're doing illegal things if an employee gets hurt or dies because of drugs while on the job.

Call Centers

I was once hired at a large call center in Las Vegas through a temp agency. The temp agency called me out of the blue after finding my resume online and asked if I wanted to start training the following week.

There was no background check and no drug test at all. I wasn't employed by the temp agency. I was employed by the call center company they referred me to. That's who paid me and who I would get my benefits through if I had stayed longer than 3 months.

I also worked for a call center in Florida and applied directly through their HR department. That company also didn't drug test and they are one of the top 5 largest call center companies in the world.

However, at one call center I was drug tested and this place seemed to be a bit more professional in the way they operated and did everything compared to the two places that didn't drug test, not to mention the pay scale was higher at this place as well.

So while some of these types of businesses do drug test, many of them don't. It's because they have such a high turnover rate, so they'd probably rather not spend the money drug testing people who may not stay long anyways.

It's also not a very physical job so they don't have to worry as much about people on drugs hurting themselves or others on the job.

Day Labor Jobs

Companies that employ people based on temporary contracts sometimes don't drug test their employees. These types of places include temp agencies and day labor companies that employ people for a day or two, or for monthly or seasonal assignments.

Some of them may drug test directly (where they specifically want you to get tested), but most of them will only send you for a drug screening if the employer they plan to send you to requests it. For example, you may be hired by a temp agency who has a contract with a large retail store.

The retailer might ask the temp agency to only hire those who have been screened for drugs already. So in this case, you might have to take a test if you want to work for that specific retailer. But the temp agency may have contracts with other employers who don't require any form of drug testing. In this case, you wouldn't have to take one if it's one of those employers that end up hiring you for a temporary contract position.

So when it comes to both day labor companies and temp agencies, it's really luck of draw sometimes when it comes to getting tested.

Mom and Pop Shops

The smaller the company, the less likely it is that they will drug test. Every city or town has mom and pop stores, and these types of businesses rarely ever drug test.

A mom and pop shop is any business that is not owned by a large corporate company, and that's owned by a regular family or independent person. Since they're smaller than corporate companies, the interview process is much more personal.

Big companies employ hundreds or thousands of people, so one of the few ways that they can protect themselves from lawsuits, accidents, or other things associated with drug use, is to make employees go through a drug screening process.

With small mom and pop type places, the owner of the place is often the person who will interview you or hire you, so they can judge you based on your appearance, your behavior, and your resume. They don't need to have as much oversight as a corporate-run company does.

The main downside to this is that mom and pop companies usually don't hire as many people, and when they do hire, it's often friends and family who get the jobs first. So they're a little harder to get into for some people than large companies and chain stores.

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