Career Options for Young Adults With ADHD
People with ADHD tend to be inattentive or hyperactive or impulsive or a combination of those traits. They tend to need a highly structured lifestyle and jobs that allow them to be organized while taking into consideration their hyperactivity. Below are careers that can suit the needs of young adults with ADHD, and some important information about entry-level positions.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Animal Care Worker||$21,990||11%|
|Medical Records Technician||$38,040||15%|
|Grounds Maintenance Worker||$26,830||6%|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for Young Adults with ADHD
Animal Care Worker
Many animal clinics and rescue centers need animal care workers to take care of the day-to-day business of looking after the animals. Young adults with ADHD may enjoy this work that requires them to be busy most of the time. These men and women feed and water the animals. They take the dog for walks. They also may monitor the more seriously ill pets or stay the night if some animals need constant care. Animal care workers have high school diplomas and specific animal care training.
Medical Records Technician
There's more movement involved with taking care of medical records than one might think. The job requires an employee to be detail-oriented in pulling records, proper filing, delivering and picking up patient records, and making sure records are properly coded for billing. Today medical record technicians are not only working with paperwork. They also take care of computer databases that contain patient records as well. This kind of job, with different components, allows people with ADHD the ability to move about and do different jobs while also needing to stay focused.
Grounds Maintenance Worker
Many people with ADHD enjoy working outdoors. One career field that fits that bill is being a groundskeeper or grounds maintenance worker. This work requires a lot of constant manual labor. These men and women may work for a building or a company and are tasked with taking care of lawns and grounds. They mow, weed, clip and water the day away in the great outdoors. Young ADHD adults who like working outside need only acquire some on-the-job training for this work.
Another mobile career might be work as a janitor or building cleaner. This work involves a variety of cleaning activities like vacuuming, dusting, mopping, and taking out trash. People with ADHD will have a variety of different things to do to help keep themselves on task. They may work a variety of offices in a building or large areas in one building. Building cleaning does not require formal education, but a lot of on-the-job training is involved.
Individuals with ADHD normally need to be highly organized. Fitness trainers are highly motivated and highly organized and teach their fitness clients to follow a more organized lifestyle themselves. Depending on the specific fitness job, most trainers have at least a high school diploma and add an associate's in something like health, kinesiology or physical education depending on the job. Fitness trainers work with groups or individuals in setting fitness goals and teaching people how to physically attain those goals through exercise, proper nutrition, and weight training.