Careers For People With Autism

Careers for people with autism should be chosen based on the strengths generally shared by people with autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

As an example, a person may have poor short-term working memory while having above-average long-term memory. With that knowledge, you may want to rule out jobs or careers that rely on short-term memory when considering careers options.

However, that’s not to say that all of the recommended careers for people are suitable for everyone.

Some individuals with autism might gravitate more towards careers where they have to use their visual memory. Some may be more suited for careers where they have to work with numbers. Some may need to have a career where they work outdoors, and so on.

With that said, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to choosing careers for people with autism. We’ll go over a few of them in this post.

How to Find Careers for People With Autism

When it comes to finding the right careers for people with autism, there are a few thing you need to keep in mind.

The general goal of the career should be well-defined. A veterinarian helps animals, a plumber fixes pipes, an architect designs buildings, and so on.

The need for structure is important in careers for people with autism, as is the need to maintain an intense focus on a particular interest.

That’s the key to finding successful careers for people with autism — career choices need to suit their special interests. It’s incredibly common for people with autism for focus on a very narrow field of interest. If they can find a career in that field it’s likely they will end up doing very well.

It’s difficult to recommend specific careers without knowing your child, because there is no one-size-fits-all. The autism spectrum includes individuals with a wide variety of skills and aptitudes.

Those with higher functioning levels of autism tend to have more career options available to them than people with severe ASD, but people on all levels of spectrum are very employable. It’s just a matter of finding the right career for them.

There are a couple of great ways to identify suitable careers for your individual child. One of the ways is with a RIASEC test. A RIASEC test is designed to help children discover which careers are most suitable for them according to their unique abilities, interests, skills, and traits.  

The results of a RIASEC test can be used to help kids and teens develop a plan for courses to take in high school and college that are most conducive to achieving one of the careers they were determined to be a match for.

Another way to identify your child’s skills and abilities are with our games. When a player starts one of our games, they are shown two different images of jobs and/or activities. They are then asked to select which one is more desirable. Based on the player’s choices, our analytics engine generates the RIASEC profile.

The best part about this method is our games are always free for gamers! Sign your child up today for free today and start gaining new insight into which career choices may be right for them.

4 thoughts on “Careers For People With Autism

  1. Christine Rose Stoddard

    Wow, this is a perfect example of this article, I was hoping you would share..
    This is the story of my brother Peter Herring’s struggle with Autism, his struggle to overcome discrimination/adversity, and the strength of our family coming together to support him. Because of Peter, we’ve created a sustainable local business called Creative Salvage Designs “sustainable champions” which benefits both the community and the environment. It has gained national (and now international!) recognition. We have been invited to speak at several academic conferences around the US and most recently received an invitation to Italy this November. Our goal is to empower those who have suffered from a disability, discrimination or chronic unemployment by teaching them to replicate all or parts of our business. Creative Salvage has empowered Peter with a life long career, and we know it can be used to benefit others. Thank you.

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  2. Paula trullender

    My grandson had aspergers is 25 yrs & has gone to mechanics school what other suggestions career wise do you suggest? He’s highly intelligent good with #s has short term memory problems loses focus easily always in motion however too much pressure or stress isn’t good for him.

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    1. admin Post author

      Paula,

      Your grandson can sign up for a free account at Identifor.com and then play the “Job Interest” game. After playing that game, his RIASEC profile will be displayed on his Dashboard, which will outline various jobs that might be of interest to him. Clicking on any of the displayed jobs will provide more information about the job

      In about a month, we will also launch a new app that we call “Companion”, which can help him throughout the day — especially with reminders and alerts to do things.

      Best regards,

      The Identifor Team

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  3. Jackie Umstead

    My son finished the job careers games but we couldn’t get results. It said he hadn’t played any. How do I get it to work.

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