Career Options for People with Asperger's
Finding a career where you can be happy and fulfilled is not always easy; finding one when you have Asperger's Syndrome may be more difficult. Asperger's is a disorder that is at the higher end of the autism spectrum. Individuals with this condition display limited social and communication interaction, but they have excellent visualization and analytical skills, are detail oriented and can focus for long periods of time. As with any career, it is important to know your strengths and limitations and coordinate that with jobs that use what you are talented in. The following are some jobs that work well for people with Asperger's.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Multimedia Artist and Animator||$65,300||6%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for People with Asperger's
Automobile mechanics maintain and repair automobiles and perform services such as oil changes, tire rotations, and brake repairs. You will need a minimum of a high school degree along with vocational training and certification, depending on what work you are doing. Working on automobiles requires good visualization skills, which is one of the strengths people with Asperger's have, so this could be a great career option.
Multimedia Artist and Animator
Multimedia artists and animators work with computers to create video games, cartoons, and commercials. They could also make storyboards, contribute graphics to commercials, and add visual effects to television shows and movies. This career requires a bachelor's degree and some training to learn specific software programs. For visual thinkers such as people with Asperger's, this job can be suitable, and you'd have the possibility of being self-employed.
Software developers create computer programs that meet a specific need for the user. Their primary duties include coding, testing, upgrading and repairing programs they design. A bachelor's degree is required for this career, as well as up-to-date trainings on the latest information in software design. This job is great for people on the spectrum who have excellent attention to details skills.
A physicist is a scientist who works on creating theories, testing theories, and developing computer programs that can analyze data found in experiments. They also present research to journals for publication. A Ph.D. is required for this career but with a master's degree you can find some work in applied research jobs. With a bachelor's degree, you can work as a technician in the field. This job requires logical, analytical thinking and concentrated focus - qualities people with Asperger's are known for.
Mathematicians use math to conduct research and solve problems. They generally work in government positions or private research companies. This job requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree, but some companies prefer higher degrees to be hired. Good math skills and a love of the field are a must. The research and analytical aspect of mathematicians may be appealing for people with Asperger's.
Landscape architects analyze, design and prepare areas for landscaping. There are different duties involved with landscaping - meeting with clients to discuss their needs, creating graphic representations using a computer program, and analyzing the area to make the best use of the topographical area being used. Landscape architects need a bachelor's degree and, in most states, licensing. There are positions available in this career that work well for people with Asperger's who are non-verbal.