In one study of dyslexic men, researchers found evidence of a preference among dyslexics for choosing jobs as managers and sales people rather than careers as professionals such as college teacher, doctor, or lawyer. Jobs with nonacademic competencies like persuasion or taking initiative seem to have appealed to these men more than jobs requiring reading as a primary competency. In another study, this time of dyslexic women, semi-skilled jobs also seemed to be the norm.
Semi-skilled jobs require judgement and take more than a month to learn. Examples of semi-skilled jobs are: nurse's aide, chauffer, carpenter, bartender, forklift driver, or graphic designer. Semi-skilled jobs take advantage of a dyslexic person's normal intelligence but take away the pressure of relying on reading to make progress. A person with dyslexia is best served, like everyone else, to go confidently in the direction of his passions, to work hard, and to seek help and support from professionals to counteract the effects of his disability.