Some fields that might be a good fit for people with Autism:
IT – Many roles within IT are all about problem-solving. For people that may prefer focusing on a puzzle to interpersonal communication, this might be a great fit. Another benefit is the large focus on processes that drive jobs in this area. The black and white nature of these processes might make for a more comfortable fit.
Manufacturing – This industry can provide great jobs for Autistic people, particularly those whose behaviours have an element of repetition. The focus required for success in this industry also gives an advantage to neurodiverse employees
Research – Science-related roles or jobs where research and analysis play a large part can be an excellent fit. A strong passion for the subject matter coupled with a formidable focus and knowledge of the subject are all crucial to be effective in research jobs.
Animal-related – Many people with Autism find great affinity with animals and find they can be calmer and more focused around them. For those that find it difficult interacting with people, this could be a fantastic industry with many entry points within the industry.
It is important to keep in mind that the skills and abilities of every person are unique and these suggestions above are in no way definitive. In many situations the jobs for people with autism are limited not by the individuals’ lack of ability but by the attitudes and perceptions of those in the workplace and the availability of appropriate supports.
Supporting autistic people in their jobs
A report released by Amaze, a Victorian Autism advocacy group, has shown there are still ongoing issues that people with Autism face in the workplace and barriers to gaining meaningful employment. The report shows there is much that can be done by colleagues and employers to help support their neurodiverse colleagues within their jobs.
If you are looking for assistance with making your team more inclusive or talk about how a neurodiverse employee can benefit your team, get in touch with our team.