The limited information that is available about the future employment for individuals with Asperger’s Disorder is a mixture of good and bad news. The good news is that Asperger’s Disorder adults are fully employable. Their skills in job tasks are usually very good and if they find a career in their area of interest they can be very successful. The bad news is that their social difficulties interfere with their ability to keep jobs. In fact, social difficulties on the job are the leading cause of job failure for adults with Asperger’s Disorder.
While the job market is wide open to individuals with Asperger’s Disorder, there are certain careers where they are more likely to find long-term success. The ideal career has very limited social contact with people and a high level of independent work. Jobs that focus on task completion rather than customer service would suit many adults with Asperger’s Disorder. Careers in computers, accounting, engineering, drafting, mechanics, laboratory, and the Internet are ideal, as they maximize skills but minimize social interaction.
Oftentimes a special interest develops into a career and what may have seemed odd to others during his childhood has the potential to give the adult with Asperger’s Disorder something many adults never have, a true passion for their career.