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  • Good careers for people with Asperger's Syndrome can vary depending on the individual, but in general careers where the person can work alone are sometimes better. These can include home-based business and computer programmer. Analytical type jobs are also good, such as mathematician and engineer.

  • Some people with AS like to categorize, so librarian might be good.

  • They can do a lot of things. As a mother, I just wondered that myself because you find so much for children, but my son was 14 before we found out he had Asperger's even though I had been saying he had it from the time he was 8. You, as a mother or father, can know them and will know what is best to turn their job interest to. Like my son could never work at Wal-Mart for all the people and noise and lights, but he and you might find it surprising that he is a security guard. It's quiet and I think he could do small group work. His thing is 4 wheelers so I work with rehab services to do job placement and training. They can help with education after high school too.

  • Even when the job might otherwise be too stressful, if it is related to one of the person's special interest areas, that can be enough to make him or her able to handle it. Also, they seem less likely to get bored with repetition since they tend to find comfort in routines, so they can be better able to handle repetitive jobs that require attention to detail. Consider professions where the person can work individually, rather than on a team; where the structure of the job is rule-based and predictable; or where they can help others.

    They can handle jobs that deal with facts or logic, such as computer scientists, software designers, engineers, scientific researchers, physicists, and mathematicians. Because of their interest in fairness and justice, lawyer or police officer works for some. Because of their desire to help people, medical researcher or pathologist can work well. Telephone order taking or survey taking can work for some because they have scripts and do not require face-to-face interaction. Because of the intense focus on a few special interests, they might pursue an interest as far as a PhD and become a professor. They often feel more comfortable with animals, so might find a job that involves more animals than people.

    People with Asperger's Syndrome are more likely to be bullied or taken advantage of in the workplace. Some of them assume that whatever the supervisor tells them is true, so they do not question it, which makes it very easy for a supervisor to abuse them. (However, some are very set in their own ways of doing things and question everything.) It is beneficial for them to know the basics of employment law, so that if a supervisor tells them something different, they know better. For example, in the United States, being told that he or she can only be paid for the scheduled work shift, even though the final task ran into overtime is illegal. Also, necessary preparation for doing the job must be paid, such as making photocopies before a meeting, turning on and signing on to computers, or reading the updates on how to do your job that the employer gives you. In addition, the person should know that being told that he or she must postpone lunch break to finish the task might be illegal, depending on how long the break is postponed, since the rule is that lunch break must be taken before six hours into the shift. And other good rules to know about lunch break are when it is acceptable for your supervisor to have you stay through lunch (a working lunch), that working lunches must be paid, and under what conditions a supervisor can restrict you from leaving the building for lunch (rarely). It is beneficial for the person with Asperger's Syndrome to have someone to go to for advice and answers if he or she thinks something at work does not seem right.

    Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning autism, prepared a list of suggested jobs for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, as well as pointing out a few that would not work well. For more information on that, see the links below.

  • Although it is a less common occupation, I'm a physician and I have what is termed profound AS. I also have a colleague with AS who is a doctor; she's a surgeon, whereas I'm a family doctor. It does take a great deal of work for me to work as a family doctor, however, and I have been known to be "blunt" with patients and am often "rude" to colleagues. Fortunately my co-workers know I have AS and make some adjustments for me, but also feel free to let me know when I'm being, shall we say, rude. I've found my attention to detail has helped me diagnose many patients who had an inaccurate diagnosis from other doctors. My colleague the surgeon finds that she is highly focused and is growing into one of the top surgeons in her field (neurosurgery) and she believes this is partly due to her AS. One area I think AS helps me in the most is when I do my shifts driving a rapid response car for the ambulance. I've found my ability to ignore outside issues and just get on with what needs doing has probably saved a few people's lives.

  • I have Asperger's and have always had an obsessive interest in things that interested me. One of these was Marine Corps Aviation. I write articles and books on the subject and have become known worldwide as an expert on the subject. It is amusing when I can attend a gathering and read someone's name tag, and tell him when and where he was in a squadron that I researched (in a few cases, I knew more about an event than they did: and they were there!). I went to college and earned a degree in Finance. I found that working in a bank with other people was undesirable - I didn't understand the cliques, office politics, or the like - so I got a Commercial Drivers license, and wrote articles on Marine Aviation while I drove all over the US and Canada.

I think a locomotive engineer or train engineer would be a good occupation for someone with Asperger's Syndrome because a lot of people with Asperger's seem to like trains and there is not alot of socialization just skills in operating a locomotive. Or possibly a pilot. Or even a cartographer because alot of people with Asperger's like physical geography and looking at maps.

It depends on what they are interested in.
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