Best Careers for People with ADD

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Mental EnergyFinding the best careers for your strengths is essential to the quality of your life. However, being able to use your gifts, strengths, and skill to overcome your weaknesses is perhaps even more vital to career success.

People with attention deficit disorder often do not realize how many jobs there actually are for people with ADD. Instead of viewing ADD as a limiting factor in your professional career, it might be time to see yourself in a more positive light.

There are many wonderful careers for ADD people who are educated, excited, and skilled. However, finding the best career can take time and effort. In the end, not only are some of the best careers perfect for people with attention deficit disorder, but people with ADD can be ideal candidates for employers. People with ADD fit well into jobs that match their strengths and weaknesses.
While an attention span may be short, it allows a person to keep moving and not be caught or stuck in one area. One of the great things about people with ADD is that they often have a “big picture approach” to learning and understanding. This is not only required but a bonus in these and other specialized fields. People who are not ADD tend to want to know everything before they can proceed and this can be limiting.

Some of the best careers include:

  • Creative fields like marketing, design, and artistic crafts are a good option. People with ADD are often fiercely creative and can be particularly adept at the inception stage of projects.
  • The medical profession, strangely enough is a good fit. Intense problem solving, coupled with cross-referencing across multiple areas of health are required in medicine, particularly in diagnostics. In the medical field, areas of particular strength would be practices which require a great deal of broad, creative inference – diagnostic medicine is the best example.
  • Jobs in the fields of science and engineering can be a great fit for those who struggle with short attention spans, yet have a global learning style. Interest in a broad variety of topics is a requirement and an asset.
  • A fast-paced environment seems to be an ideal career for those with ADD. This could include outside sales or even certain technical fields.
  • Besides types of professions, studies have also shown that ADD people often flourish in owning and managing their own businesses. Seeing the big picture opens up growth and opportunities others may pass by.

People excel in their occupations when they are passionate about what they are doing. No matter who you are, you will love your job if it is something you not only enjoy, but that requires the blossoming of your inner talents in order to succeed. We all want stretch positions – and people with ADD are no different.

Having ADD can actually be a great asset when searching for that perfect career – you have the capacity to study a broad range of jobs quickly and attack your job search with zeal. There are many jobs for people with Attention Deficit Disorder, but finding the best careers can only be determined by considering one’s passions, strengths, and gumption to succeed.

ADD certainly should no longer be viewed as a limiting factor, but rather as an individual trait which can be creatively exploited for even great career success. It is important, however, to plan your career around your own personality so that you can play to your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.

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Marie is a writer for covering career advice, recruitment topics, and HR issues. She has an educational background in languages and literature as well as corporate experience in Human Resources.