Living with autism? Five career choices to start you thinking

09 May 2023

Living with autism? Five career choices to start you thinking

If you’re a job seeker on the autism spectrum, you’ll likely have some great, valuable skills that employers are looking for. But sometimes the hard part can be knowing what kind of job is right for you. The good news is that there is support available to help you find and keep a job suited to your needs.

Take our short quiz below and discover some of the jobs and industries that may work best for you.

Choose which group of qualities best describe you, and find out what career you may be suited to!

Is this you?

  • Quantitative
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Prefers limited social interaction
  • Good at stating the facts without clouding facts with your own thoughts

Then you may be suited to a career in SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY! Jobs in this field include computer programmer, statistician, scientist, researcher and assistant.

Is this you?

  • Creative
  • Attention to small details
  • Ability to work alone
  • Visual thinker

Then you may be suited to a career in PHOTOGRAPHY OR DESIGN! Examples of jobs in this field are graphic designer and web designer.

Is this you?

  • Focused
  • Enjoy repetitive ordered movements
  • Attention to detail
  • Prefer limited social interaction

Then you may be suited to a career in MANUFACTURING! – an example of a job would be working in assembly lines and labouring.

Is this you?

  • Mathematic
  • Attention to detail
  • Enjoy a structured environment
  • Adherence to routine practices and procedures

Then you may be suited to a career in ENGINEERING! – examples of jobs include electrical, electronic and chemical engineer.

Is this you?

  • Animal lover
  • Enjoys low stress environments
  • Attention to detail
  • Prefers limited social interaction

Then you may be suited to a career in ANIMAL CARE!  examples of jobs in this field  include animal trainer or veterinary assistant. 


Looking for work when you are autistic

At CoAct – we start with you. This means that we take time to discuss your individual needs and tailor a plan to suit you. We’ll develop an individualised pre-employment plan and offer some practical steps to help you explore realistic job options.

We work with you to write a resume and help arrange interviews and contact employers. In fact, we can guide you through the whole job search process, provide you with plenty of interview practice and support you with discussions about:

  • consideration of disability disclosure
  • requirements for workplace adjustments or modifications
  • consideration of post placement support needs

Everyone has different skills and different challenges, but we make sure we cover everything to suit your needs. So, if you’re someone who finds it challenging to cope with loud and busy environments, for example, we can work with you and your employer to look at ways to reduce distractions, relocate your work to a quieter space or arrange noise reducing headphones.


Employment Support for people on the autism spectrum

With the right support at the right time you can open the door to opportunities that help you secure meaningful employment. You can rely on CoAct to listen to your needs and for our experienced team to be knowledgeable, respectful and to always have your best interests at heart.

We’re with you every step of the way providing a structure and a clear job search plan. CoAct can also help you get through the interview process as pain-free as possible. We can encourage an employer to avoid complex or ambiguous language, to rephrase questions if they are not initially understood, or to compensate for possible information processing difficulties while also allowing enough time for responses to interview questions.

We have your back when you start work too with plenty of post-placement job support.


Find a job as unique as you!

Companies across Australia are recognising the benefits to the workplace of employing autistic individuals. They are invested in proactive hiring programs so that you can find the right role that lets you use your exceptional abilities such as attention to detail, ability to complete repetitive tasks accurately and out of the box thinking!

There are employers who need people just like you! We can help you recognise your skills and strengths and we work closely with employers who understand that their team is all the better for including someone with your unique qualities.


Want to get started? Get in touch with our friendly team today!


* A quick note on language: CoAct and our Service Partners pride ourselves on being sensitive and respectful when referring to any of the audiences we service. The disability space is a complex one and CoAct will always take care and seek expert oversight when developing our articles and programs. We recognise that people have differing preferences on using identity-first or person-first language, especially when referring to people on the autism spectrum. It is for this reason CoAct uses both types of language interchangeably, with respect to both sides of the debate on appropriate language.

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