Background: I've just completed my MTech in Artificial Intelligence in India from a good university. However, I'm recovering from very serious eye strain, which requires me to not use the computer for more than 6 or 7 hours a day, close my eyes for 10 to 15 minutes for each hour of computer use and never compromise on sleep. My doctor advised finding a job that wouldn't require too much computer use, and said that the strain could get worse with age (though for the past 3 years, I've seen a very gradual improvement).

I'm a natural organizer and automator. Rather than do something repeatedly, I'd rather write a program to automate it or if it's an organizational process, I'd rather talk to the necessary authorities and change the processes to make them more efficient. The problem is, many organizations (including the ones I've worked in) are too focused on delivery or are afraid that changes would upset things or be too costly or be upsetting to employees, so they don't really give a priority to automation.
Since I fit in naturally to such a job and since automation can save money for organizations, is there a way I can advertise myself in my resume or search for specific jobs (don't even know if such jobs exist) where the responsibility of the role is to identify areas for efficiency and automation and implement it?
However, this has to be done by also mentioning that I'd need to do it at my own pace (to not harm my eyes). Deadlines or sleep loss or pushing for early completion are a big NO.

Past attempts at automation/efficiency:
1. In a startup, I organized tech items and even software in an orderly way so that people wasted lesser time searching for it (my core job was software development though).
2. Changed software architecture in a way that my bosses wouldn't have to ask me to upload pictures on a website. They could do it by just putting the pictures in a folder, and the software would automatically detect it and show it in a new gallery page.
3. Introduced rules that made volunteers for social causes go through a training of how to volunteer, before actually volunteering.
4. Wrote an amateur business case to replace Clearcase with GitHub.
5. The guy who selected and purchased evening snacks at a startup was frustrated at having to make a choice each day, so I wrote him a program which would make the choice for him :-)
6. Two groups in our office bus argued about which of two routes were more lengthy and time consuming at one intersection (the initial delay exponentially increased the time taken for the last person on the route to reach home), so I measured the time taken on each route for a week at a time and showed them the results which resolved the argument.
7. Started learning and implementing Continuous Integration (but companies just aren't interested in putting it to practice because of the time it takes to do so).


The role you seem to be looking for seems to be that of a buisness analyst. Try to look for jobs that advertise this role. Try to get some kind of degree/certification related to that role. Compiling a list of workflows you've analyzed and improved always helps (you've already done it). Be honest and upfront about your special needs in the interview process and your CV, to filter out companies that see it as a kind of red flag. Read about the companies culture on platforms like glassdoor, to get a clue how they handle the deadline-stuff (if everybody is complaining about being overworked: stay away).

The good part is that this job is not neccessarily done exclusively on the screen. You could do much work on paper, on a whiteboard or such. Try to find ways to get it to the computer - like electronic whiteboards that allow you to save your work digitally. Depending on the exact strain on your eyes: Could you find monitor-equipment that is less stressfull to them?

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  • Thanks d_hippo. Good to know of the business analyst role. Basically, any activity (even driving) that needs the eyes to focus on something, causes strain (for everyone). No equipment helps. Only rest. I did consider screen readers, since even blind people are programmers. – Nav Mar 23 at 1:30

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