Are There Career Paths For Individuals with Autism?

Last week, German software company SAP made headlines after tapping Danish recruitment company Specialisterne for hiring efforts aimed to individuals with autism. SAP seeks to find, train and manage employees with autism to fulfill roles in the company as programmers and product testers.

According to a SAP spokesperson, “[Individuals with Autism] bring a special set of skills to the table, which fits with SAP.”

Steen Thygesen, Chief Executive of the recruiting partner of SAP, Specialisterne, said the partnership was his first with a multinational company to help with its worldwide recruitment.

Despite being one of the first international recruiting efforts, SAP is not the first company initiating a movement into incorporating individuals with disabilities in the work force. A Berlin-based company, Auticon, already exclusively employs autistic people as software testers and has a team analyzing data for Vodafone in Germany.

With a large multinational company making a statement in ensuring a diverse workforce with individuals with autism thriving, will other companies take suite? More importantly, are there realistic career options for individuals with autism? We think so.

Here are the top 4 career options we’ve found:

Journalist – The best journalists must be able to set personal emotions and opinions aside when covering a story, reporting just the confirmed facts. Gathering such facts in an organized and unbiased manner can be second nature to many with autism.

Blue-collar Workers – The need for repetition is common in autism, making jobs that would seem tedious to many quite suitable, even comforting, to many employees with autism. For instance, manufacturing can be a good fit for individuals with these tendencies, especially assembly line work.

Veterinarian – Autistic people for whom social interaction is a major issue may find working with animals a comfortable employment field. Many who have difficulty interacting with people have no such issues with animals, making fine veterinarians or veterinarian’s assistants. Others find their place in the farming industry, tending to the needs of livestock, or working with a pet grooming establishment.

Programmer – Working with computers can be an ideal career for individuals with autism, taking advantage of strengths geared towards order, complex systems, and mathematics. Also, working conditions common to computer technology fields can be well suited to the autistic, as employees often work in their own space, with just a computer for company, limiting the need for the social interaction that can be so difficult for individuals with autism.

Source: Love To Know Autism