Posted by saruna on July 06 2009 04:04 AM
The truth is that there are many good career options for people with Dyscalculia. The biggest stumbling block is usually getting through (or around) college math requirements.
I think that the most important question here shouldn't be "What can I do?" but rather, "What do I WANT to do?"
Listing careers without any math requirement at all is very difficult and probably impossible. However, here are a few ideas that I was able to think of. Most of these require a college degree and math of some kind.
Chef (measurements, temperatures)
Child Care Worker
Cultural Anthropologist (possibly statistics)
Editor / Proof-Reader
Educator (must pass certification test with math portion)
Massage Therapist (dates)
Photographer (dates, budgets)
Public Relations (some form of math may be required)
I thought about the previous suggestion of entrepreneur and because of the large amount of math involved, I don't recommend it. Here's an example of the math involved in running a standard business:
Invoices, Shipping costs, Purchasing, Inventory, Budgeting, Determining Price, Sales Tax, Cash Register or simular, Federal and Local Taxes.
I don't want to discourage anyone from their dream, it's just that I've worked for businesses and have experienced first hand how much mathematics is involved in running a business, let alone what it takes to make money with a business and not just break even every month.
I was going to put Interior Design, Event Planning and Catering on the list but then I realized that these also have a lot of math required. These types of jobs, like the jobs above where you work for yourself may not be a good fit if you have trouble sticking to a budget or keeping organized.
I'm tired now after all of that, but I hope that you can come away from this knowing that there are a lot of really good options as far as careers go. If you're interested in something not listed, just ask. Do a search for a local college and go to their website, choose the program and look and see how much math is required.
One quick reminder about college math requirements - if you've been diagnosed, there is help avaliable and in some cases, a course substitution can be offered in place of the math requirements. An example of this would be logic or personal finance instead of college algebra.