3 GREAT careers for autistic adults (2019)

In 2018 the Centers for Disease Control (DCD) discovered that about 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.

While autism is no doubt a life-changing diagnosis for both the individual and that person’s family, that person can still go on to lead a fulfilling and income-generating life.

Here are 3 good careers for autistic adults.

3. Computer Programmer

Appreciation for order is a key requirement in any programming job. One simple mistake can cause the entire program to break. This is but one of many reasons why computer programming is a a great career choice for autistic adults.

You also get to spend a lot of time by yourself solving problems.

If you are looking to learn programming but don’t know where to start, Udemy is a very inexpensive platform with courses that are often on sale for as low as $10. So it’s a very low-risk investment while you get to learn valuable skills. For guidance, check out this site that provides Udemy reviews of the most popular software development courses, from basic HTML & CSS to more in-depth topics and programming languages like JavaScript and Python. You can also check out individual blogs like realtoughcandy.com, which explores software development careers and educational guides.

JavaScript is an especially popular language right now, since it’s the primary language that runs the web. Check out some recommended JavaScript books here.

2. Researcher

This is a career that spans all types of disciplines, from science and math to computer science and beyond. Researchers are in charge of discovering and collecting information while maintaining impartiality, which is one of the reasons it is a good fit for adults with autism.

As a researcher, you will need good investigative skills with a knack for putting together information. Much of your work may involve the use of a computer for data analysis or other tasks that require frequent complex computations. More information on research scientists can be found here.

1. Manufacturing

Repetition is the name of the game when it comes to manufacturing jobs, whether you’re putting together cars or something much smaller, like tiny plastic trinkets. In addition, manufacturing jobs require focus and coordination, without a lot of human interaction while on the job. Manufacturing can be a great option for non-verbal adults with autism. Visit your local staffing agency or check out manufacturing jobs on sites like Indeed (link shows manufacturing jobs in Dallas, Texas, but any city will usually have them).

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