Around 1 in 70 people in Australia are on the autism spectrum, according to Autism Spectrum Australia – but the unemployment rate for these Australians is 31.6% which is six times the rate of people without a disability.

People who have been diagnosed with autism bring a range of strengths and skills to the workforce but face barriers to entering the labour market and maintaining sustainable employment.

Disability Employment Service providers such as CVGT assist people with autism to identify their strengths and gain sustainable employment. Jobs and industries are identified that utilise the strengths and skills that are of interest to the individual to ensure success in their chosen career.

Utilising local knowledge and networks, CVGT then approach suitable employers in regards to vacancies within the identified industries.

CVGT supports the job candidate at interview stage and beyond. Rehearse them in interviews and clearly explain what they have to do when they get the job.

There are three types of employees with autism or Asperger’s:

  • Those who are visual thinkers
  • Those who are good at math, music or facts
  • Those with limited verbal skills

So, what are the top 5 jobs for each?

Visual thinkers

  • Jobs with computers: computer programming, games development, software, and website design, computer animation
  • Laboratory technician
  • Repairs on computers, appliances, cars and equipment
  • Animal trainer
  • Jewellery and handcraft maker

Good at math, music and facts

  • Computer programming and software design
  • Inventory control
  • Statistics and reports
  • Music teacher, especially on instruments: piano, guitar, woodwind etc.
  • Librarian

Limited verbal skills

  • Gardening
  • Factory and recycling work
  • Data entry
  • Printer
  • Fast food support: not the front line, but great in the kitchen and stores

CVGT are here to support people with autism on their employment journey.

Click here to find your local CVGT branch and start your journey to employment.

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