IRVINE, CA—Is your tattoo keeping you from finding a suitable job? You are not alone, but a virtual office could help.

The Patient’s Guide study reports that tattoo removal demand is up over the last two years. The latest tattoo removal procedures climbed 32 percent from 2011 to 2012. The leading factor: employment reasons, accounting for 40 percent of all answers.

"There's been a significant increase in the number of patients who desire tattoo removal for career advancement or for employment reasons," says Dr. Eric Bernstein, renowned laser expert and associate clinical professor at University of Pennsylvania.

"I think this is as wrong as any other kind of discrimination, but patients tell me that their tattoos are affecting their professional lives,” he continues. “Many feel that their body could be holding them back and this has resulted in more folks seeking tattoo removal."

What’s more, Jasson W. Gilmore, CEO and cofounder of The Patient's Guide, says employment reasons for tattoo removal is up 25 percent from a similar study done last year. As he sees it, “the economy is driving patients to seek laser treatment that may have otherwise not been interested in doing so."

OK, so what if you don’t want to have your tattoo removed? Why not try a virtual office job? Virtual office job listing Web sites abound and there are plenty of opportunities for professionals who just happen to have a few tattoos they don’t want to remove.

Virtual office jobs are available from Los Angeles to New York and beyond. Sites like FlexJobs list tens of thousands of them every day. So if you are bent on keeping your tattoo—and keeping food on the table—check out a virtual office job.