Good Careers for Someone With ADHD

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Good Careers for Someone With ADHD
Working as a deejay has flexible hours and room for creativity for someone with ADHD. (dj wave 16 image by Nathalie P from

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is characterised by symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and high impulsiveness. Though there is medication for the disorder, many adults still find it difficult to succeed at some jobs. However, someone with ADHD can succeed at many different careers, especially if she capitalises on her personal strengths and abilities.


Working in retail or owning a retail store is a good job for someone with ADHD because there is usually always something to do, whether it be folding clothes, working on a front window display or helping a customer. Even if everything seems to be finished, cleaning floors, shelves and windows can never be done often enough. Someone with ADHD will be able to keep busy and focused for an entire shift and he doesn't have to be stuck doing only one task for too long. Retail jobs also offer different shifts and can work for those who look for a variety in the work schedule.


Working in a factory or small manufacturing plant could be a good fit for someone with ADHD because it involves working with your hands. A manufacturing job with multiple tasks, instead of a streamlined job where one is doing the same task over and over would be best for someone with ADHD, as it creates variety and stimulation. A job working on computers or tiny objects can actually benefit from someone with the ability to hyper-focus for hours. Many manufacturing jobs offer different shifts, also.

Delivery Person

Someone with ADHD might benefit from a job that allows for a lot of movement. A job as a delivery person will create variety throughout the day, as the focus changes with each package address delivery. The job also allows for some flexibilty, as a driver can stop for lunch at different places each day or take different routes throughout the city. With GPS technologies available, it's easier for ADHD adults to remember where to go and how to get there.

Landscape Artist

As a personal landscape artist, someone with ADHD can create her own schedule on a day-to-day basis and take on new customers only as she chooses. Working on different projects often keeps variety and interests in the job at a high level and requires much movement and creativity. As a landscape artist, you will draw landscape blueprints, choose planting areas and create outdoor living spaces.


A club deejay is a job that allows for a variety, with the deejay possibly working at different clubs each night, and often allows for a flexible schedule. The environment is fast-paced, and someone with ADHD can dance and move along with the music and play whatever they'd like within the parameters of the club he is playing at.

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