How Transferable Skills Affect My Disability Case

Transferable skills can greatly affect your case. Working in the field allows you to acquire certain skills and abilities. Sometimes these skills can be applied to other areas of work. These are called transferrable skills. If the SSA determines that your skills are transferrable to other fields, then you will likely be denied your claim.


When do my transferable skills matter?

Transferable skills do not play a part if your last job was “unskilled.” If you learned your job in 30 days and did not require additional education, then you did not learn skills that could transfer to other jobs.

Traits learned in a semi-skilled job can only be transferred to another semi-skilled job. You will not be required to work in areas that require skills you haven’t learned.

Skills such as mining, fishing, and farming require skills that are typically non-transferrable. If you have worked in these industries, your chances of winning your Social Security claim are better.

Medical limitations determine transferability. If the SSA finds that you are physically unable to perform the same skills in a different job, then you are likely to win your case. However, if your physical impairment does not interfere with a skill, then it could be transferable.

The more skills you have, the easier it is to transfer. Skilled jobs typically include traits such as:

  • Writing Ability
  • Analytical Skills
  • Teaching/Training
  • Typing

These jobs are not exclusive to one field. If you have several years of post-high school education, the SSA will think it is easier to find work in other fields.

Dealing with the SSA is challenging because they receive thousands of claims each year. Without an attorney, your claim will likely be overlooked. At Summit Disability, your claim is important. We will help you analyze your job skills and help the SSA understand your limitations.

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