Careers for People with Dyslexia

Having dyslexia can create challenges in the workplace. In this article, we'll explore some good career choices for people with dyslexia, along with the salary and outlook for these options.

Career Options for People with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it difficult to read and write words. Sometimes dyslexics transpose words or mix up numbers they are trying to read. This can lead to difficulty in the workplace. However, people with dyslexia may also have a number of gifts such as greater spatial awareness, the ability to pull out what information is important, visual thinking, and a greater understanding of how things work. Here are a few career choices for people with dyslexia.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Machinist $41,700 10%
Graphic Designer $47,640 1%
Carpenter $43,600 6%
Landscape Architect $63,480 5%
Urban and Regional Planner $70,020 6%
Photographer $34,070 3%

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Career Information for People with Dyslexia

Machinist

People with dyslexia often think in terms of visuals rather than words. Working as a machinist may be a good job choice because dyslexics are good at understanding how something works. Machinists work from blueprints or computer-controlled machines to make various parts or tools. They work in factories and machine shops. Machinists typically train in vocational schools, technical colleges or apprenticeships; however, they may receive on-the-job training as well.

Graphic Designer

Because of their visual abilities, being a graphic designer is also a good choice for dyslexics. Graphic designers create visuals using a combination of art and technology. Graphic designers work in firms that specialize in graphic design, advertising, or publishing. To become a graphic designer, you will need a bachelor's degree in graphic design. Having a professional portfolio is also recommended.

Carpenter

With greater awareness of spatial relationships, working as a carpenter may be a good job choice for a person with dyslexia. Carpenters create and fix wooden frameworks and buildings. The working environment can vary, from residential homes to building freeways and other large city structures. Carpentry must be learned through an apprenticeship, although some receive on-the-job training by working as a carpenter's assistant.

Landscape Architect

In designing an outdoor space, landscape architects must think in terms of visuals. How will this look if I do this or how will this look if I do that? This is an area a dyslexic, because of their strong visual thinking, can really thrive. Landscape architects plan outdoor spaces for a variety of places, including homes, parks, golf courses, and businesses. A bachelor's degree in landscape architect is required, and you must likely obtain a license and pass the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination.

Urban and Regional Planner

Good sense of spatial relationship awareness makes being a regional or urban planner a good choice for a person with dyslexia. Urban and regional planners design communities and other urban areas. Most urban planners will work with local government. To become an urban planner, you must obtain a master's degree from an accredited program. Some states require licensure or registration.

Photographer

Good visual thinking also influences creativity, possibly making photography a good choice for a person with dyslexia. Photographers have expert knowledge in how to use cameras, and they use this knowledge along with their creativity to take photographs of various people, places, and things. Most photographers don't need post-secondary education to work. However, many take classes to develop their knowledge. Some fields such as photojournalism may require a bachelor's degree.


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