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Good Jobs for Aspergers Teens


What are some good jobs for a high schooler with Asperger's who can't work with the general public, for example, can't work traditional retail jobs, etc.?


If your Aspergers teen cannot function in a fast-paced job like McDonalds or a Movie Theater, then here are some other job options:

1. Babysitter
2. Building maintenance (e.g., painting, replacing light bulbs) in an apartment complex, hotel or office building
3. Corn detasseling
4. Elderly care
5. Finding insects and worms to sell to the local bait shop
6. Game tester (you get paid to play video games)
7. Handcrafts (e.g., wood carving, jewelry making, ceramics, etc.)
8. Janitor jobs (e.g., mopping, sweeping, cleaning)
9. Landscaping work
10. Lawn and garden work
11. Lawnmower repair
12. Life guard
13. Newspaper route delivering the local newspaper
14. Pet sitting/grooming
15. Plant care (e.g., watering plants in a large office building)
16. Pool cleaner
17. Pooper scooper
18. Refuse and recyclable materials collector
19. Re-shelving library books
20. Restocking shelves (e.g., grocery or department store)
21. Small appliance repair
22. Working as a farm hand (e.g., bailing hay)
23. Working in a recycling plant (e.g., sorting jobs)
24. Working in an animal shelter (e.g., cleaning cages)
25. Working in a warehouse (e.g., loading trucks, stacking boxes)  

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nancy said...

Some of these job suggestions are good. But keep in mind that many ASD kids have sensory issues. So working with smelly, dirty, noisy, or disturbing things/equipment/settings will be a poor fit for them.

Karen said...

I am a dog groomer, you still need to be social. You don't just talk to the dog, you talk to the dog's owner.

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

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