The Interest of Adolescents with Autism in Future Careers Involving Technology
Objectives: The primary purpose of this study was to understand what interest adolescents with autism have in a future career using technology. Also, to understand specifically which areas involving technology they are interested to pursue in higher education.
Methods: This study used a paper survey with 275 high school students with autism from 30 high schools spread across 3 states in the US. The majority of participants are male (87%), white (72%), without ID (93%), and on track to graduate high school with a regular diploma (100%).
Results: Student survey participants were asked about their interest in using technology in their future. The majority (75%) said they would like to have a job using technology. Most are considering going to college (96%) and 65% would like to study a technology-related subject in college. Video game design was the most popular technology related subject followed by computer science, engineering, and web design.
Conclusions: Cultivating student interest in technology early during middle and high school might help to ensure fulfilling their future interest in studying technology-related subjects at university and working in occupations using technology.