anonymous asked:

Any advice for finding a job for an introvert autistic who has trouble with pressure?

Well, to be honest, this is a question that I am not well suited to answer. 

So I am going to leave this question up to the experience of Dr. Temple Grandin Ph.D. She is a professor at Colorado State University and in on the Autism Spectrum. In 1999 she wrote about choosing the right job for people on the Autism Spectrum. 

Jobs need to be chosen that make use of the strengths of people with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Both high and low functioning people have very poor short-term working memory, but they often have a better long-term memory than most normal people. I have great difficulty with tasks that put high demands on short-term working memory. I cannot handle multiple tasks at the same time. Table 1 is a list of BAD jobs that I would have great difficulty doing. Table 2 is a list of easy jobs for a visual thinker like me. I have difficulty doing abstract math such as algebra and most of the jobs on Table 2 do not require complex math. Many of the visual thinking jobs would also be good for people with dyslexia.

The visual thinking jobs on Table 2 put very little demand on fast processing of information in short-term working memory. They would fully utilize my visual thinking and large long-term memory. Table 3 is a list of jobs that non-visual thinkers who are good with numbers, facts and music could do easily. They also put low demands on short-term working memory and utilize an excellent long-term memory. Table 4 shows jobs that lower functioning people with autism could do well. For all types of autism and Asperger’s syndrome, demands on short-term working memory must be kept low. If I were a computer, I would have a huge hard drive that could hold 10 times as much information as an ordinary computer but my processor chip would be small. To use 1999 computer terminology, I have a 1000 gigabyte hard drive and a little 286 processor. Normal people may have only 10 gigabytes of disc space on their hard drive and a Pentium for a processor. I cannot do two or three things at once.

Some job tips for people with autism or Asperger’s syndrome:

  • Jobs should have a well-defined goal or endpoint.
  • Sell your work, not your personality. Make a portfolio of your work.
  • The boss must recognize your social limitations.

It is important that high functioning autistics and Asperger’s syndrome people pick a college major in an area where they can get jobs. Computer science is a good choice because it is very likely that many of the best programmers have either Asperger’s syndrome or some of its traits. Other good majors are: accounting, engineering, library science, and art with an emphasis on commercial art and drafting. Majors in history, political science, business, English or pure math should be avoided. However, one could major in library science with a minor in history, but the library science degree makes it easier to get a good job.

Some individuals while they are still in high school should be encouraged to take courses at a local college in drafting, computer programming or commercial art. This will help keep them motivated and serve as a refuge from teasing. Families with low income may be wondering how they can afford computers for their child to learn programming or computer aided drafting. Used computers can often be obtained for free or at a very low cost when a business or an engineering company upgrades their equipment. Many people do not realize that there are many usable older computers sitting in storerooms at schools, banks, factories and other businesses. It will not be the latest new thing, but it is more than adequate for a student to learn on.

In conclusion: a person with Asperger’s syndrome or autism has to compensate for poor social skills by making themselves so good in a specialized field that people will be willing to “buy” their skill even though social skills are poor. This is why making a portfolio of your work is so important. You need to learn a few social survival skills, but you will make friends at work by sharing your shared interest with the other people who work in your specialty. My social life is almost all work related. I am friends with people I do interesting work with.

Table 1: Bad Jobs for People with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome: Jobs that require high demands on short-term working memory

Cashier – making change quickly puts too much demand on short-term working memoryShort order cook – Have to keep track of many orders and cook many different things at the same time

Waitress – Especially difficult if have to keep track of many different table

Casino dealer – Too many things to keep track of

Taxi dispatcher – Too many things to keep track of

Taking oral dictation – Difficult due to auditory processing problems

Airline ticket agent – Deal with angry people when flights are cancelle

Future market trader – Totally impossible

Air traffic controller – Information overload and stress

Receptionist and telephone operator – Would have problems when the switch board got busy

Table 2: Good Jobs for Visual Thinkers

Computer programming – Wide-open field with many jobs available especially in industrial automation, software design, business computers, communications and network systems

Drafting – Engineering drawings and computer aided drafting. This job can    offer many opportunities. Drafting is an excellent portal of entry for many interesting technical jobs. I know people who started out at a company doing drafting and then moved into designing and laying out entire factories. To become really skilled at drafting, one needs to learn how to draw by hand first. I have observed that most of the people who draw beautiful drawings on a computer learned to draw by hand first. People who never learn to draw by hand first tend to leave important details out of their drawings.

Commercial art – Advertising and magazine layout can be done as freelance work

Photography – Still and video, TV cameraman can be done as freelance work

Equipment designing – Many industries, often a person starts as a draftsman and then moves into designing factory equipment

Animal trainer or veterinary technician – Dog obedience trainer, behavior problem consultant

Automobile mechanic – Can visualize how the entire car works

Computer-troubleshooter and repair – Can visualize problems in computers and networks

Small appliance and lawnmower repair – Can make a nice local business
Handcrafts of many different types such as wood carving, jewelry making, ceramics, etc.

Laboratory technician – Who modifies and builds specialized lab equipment
Web page design – Find a good niche market can be done as freelance work

Building trades – Carpenter or welder. These jobs make good use of visual skills but some people will not be able to do them well due to motor and coordination problems.

Video game designer – Stay out of this field. Jobs are scarce and the field is overcrowded. There are many more jobs in industrial, communications business and software design computer programming. Another bad thing about this job is exposure to violent images.

Computer animation – Visual thinkers would be very good at this field, but there is more competition in this field than in business or industrial computer programming. Businesses are recruiting immigrants from overseas because there is a shortage of good programmers in business and industrial fields.

Building maintenance – Fixes broken pipes, windows and other things in an apartment complex, hotel or office building

Factory maintenance – Repairs and fixes factory equipment

Table 3: Good Jobs for Non-Visual Thinkers: Those who are good at math, music or facts

Accounting – Get very good in a specialized field such as income taxes
Library science – reference librarian. Help people find information in the library or on the Internet.

Computer programming – Less visual types can be done as freelance work

Engineering – Electrical, electronic and chemical engineering

Journalist – Very accurate facts, can be done as freelance

Copy editor – Corrects manuscripts. Many people freelance for larger publishers

Taxi driver – Knows where every street is

Inventory control – Keeps track of merchandise stocked in a store

Tuning pianos and other musical instruments – can be done as freelance work

Laboratory technician – Running laboratory equipment

Bank Teller – Very accurate money counting, much less demand on short-term working memory than a busy cashier who mostly makes change quickly

Clerk and filing jobs – knows where every file is

Telemarketing – Get to repeat the same thing over and over, selling on the telephone. Noisy environment may be a problem. Telephone sales avoids many social problems.

Statistician – Work in many different fields such as research, census bureau, industrial quality control, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, etc.

Physicist or mathematician – There are very few jobs in these fields. Only the very brilliant can get and keep jobs. Jobs are much more plentiful in computer programming and accounting.

Table 4: Jobs for Nonverbal People with Autism or People with Poor Verbal Skills

Reshelving library books – Can memorize the entire numbering system and shelf locations

Factory assembly work – Especially if the environment is quiet

Copy shop – Running photocopies. Printing jobs should be lined up by somebody else

Janitor jobs – Cleaning floors, toilets, windows and offices

Restocking shelves – In many types of stores

Recycling plant – Sorting jobs

Warehouse – Loading trucks, stacking boxes

Lawn and garden work – Mowing lawns and landscaping work

Data entry – If the person has fine motor problems, this would be a bad job

Fast food restaurant – Cleaning and cooking jobs with little demand on short-term memory

Plant care – Water plants in a large office building


The Trump administration is ignoring one of the fastest-growing sources of new US jobs: Renewables

  • If Trump really cares about job creation, he might want to rethink his stance on those unsightly wind farms.
  • Renewable energy is becoming a major engine for U.S. employment:
  • In recent years, jobs in solar and wind energy are growing about 12 times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund.  
  • The report also found that these difficult-to-outsource jobs pay about $5,000 more than the national median wage.
  • The jobs are easy to train for, too: Trade groups, like nonprofit Solar Energy International, offer accreditations you can get in less than a week.
  • For an administration that’s ostensibly about jobs, promoting the renewable energy sector seems like it would be a no-brainer.
  • But Trump’s team has reportedly floated the idea of scrapping the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within the Department of Energy. Read more

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Some unemployed men are turning down jobs because they’re too girly

  • The results are in: Masculinity may be even more fragile than we thought.
  • According to a recent New York Times story analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics data, some unemployed men are choosing to stay that way in order to avoid a worse fate — emasculation. 
  • Yes, men are so wed to their gender identity that many of them are refusing fast-growing jobs as health aides and assistants because they’re seen as women’s work.
  • But there’s another huge — and perhaps more revelatory — deterrent for men who might otherwise consider traditionally feminine work: 
  • These positions usually pay significantly less, probably precisely because they’ve always been filled by women. Read more

While science fiction and technophobes envision a dystopian destiny in which artificial intelligence does our thinking for us and robots take our jobs, the future of manufacturing that’s already coming into focus is one where highly-educated people are the real power behind the machines.

Whatever image you have about the industry, these futuristic jobs will make you rethink manufacturing entirely. Read more

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Ideal Careers Based On Your Zodiac Sign -- Aquarius

Aquarius - January 20 - February 18

Aquarians are true, free spirits. But don’t mistake this for flighty workers—they’re hardworking, albeit with an out-of-the-box attitude (i.e. you will tackle a project in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep, only to want to nap in the middle of the day because you already “did the work”). You’re social but also kind of a loner, making you adept at handling team assignments as well as working on your own. You tend to come up with ideas that at first thought are “wacky” before being deemed “brilliant”, and you tend to never state the “obvious"—which make you bad in project discussions, since you’re 2 steps ahead of everyone else. Take it from Fox: "Your unusual methods can be quite appealing to those who enjoy being near your personal brand of creative genius.” Meaning, not everyone is going to “get” you.

Ideal careers: Science or tech (if you can explore new theories or applications), graphic design or photography, and even project management—if you get to explore new ways of doing something. You’re also an ideal entrepreneur or independent contractor, as you rebel against corporate culture and work best on your own schedule.

How scientists reacted to the US election results
Trump victory generates shock, disbelief and fear of funding cuts.

Researchers expressed concern over the future of climate science.

“With a climate skeptic as President and a creationist as vice-president, scientists can only be worried.” —Albert Descoteaux, a biologist studying host-parasite reactions at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“President-elect Donald Trump’s stance on global warming is well known. Science cannot expect any positive climate action from him. The world has now to move forward without the US on the road towards climate-risk mitigation and clean-technology innovation.” —Hans Joachim Schellnuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact in Germany, in a press statement.

“The kind of work we are doing here [at the United Nations’ COP22 climate meeting] today takes a new importance right now. Political events do not and cannot change the reality of climate change.” —Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

And some scientists had more existential worries.

“Unlike the day after the EU referendum vote, when I was bitterly upset, I just feel numb today. I don’t know if that is a kind of despair settling in because despair is precisely the wrong type of reaction to Trump winning the presidential election. Throughout the campaign he showed himself to be a facist and racist, who bragged about his mis-treatment of women. He showed scant regard for truthfulness and espoused denialist views on climate change. It seems unlikely that the scientific and research prowess of the USA will flourish under such a president.” —Stephen Curry, a structural biologist at Imperial College London.

Thousands of researchers and government contractors like me, here in DC, are going to lose our jobs!