#17 Becoming An Engineer, Being An Enginerd

Written by SAPL on August 13th, 2008 in Careers.

Right up there with Becoming A Professor, the career choice for many Aspergers is engineering.  People who are engineers are more likely to have a child or a grandchild who turns out to be an Aspie. There is definitely something in the genes. If you’re operating a piece of electrical equipment or driving down the freeway, you probably have an Aspie to thank or not thank, depending on if the freeway was designed with the town’s flooding tendencies in mind.

Engineers are usually not your party people. Engineering is a most nerdy profession and many Aspies enjoy this, because at least it flatters their intellect to know they are in a very mentally challenging profession. Some have been nicknamed “enginerds.” Career planning may take place when the Asperger asks him or herself: What kind of enginerd should I be? Depending on the precise algorithm of nerdiness and weirdness, there are several categories to choose from. Here are a few examples of the possibilities:

Biomedical/Biochemical: Not as nerdy as some other areas. Incorporating medicine into their interest may win points with nerdy, but cooler pre-med students. People are always interested in others who can make food taste better, last longer, and stick extra preservatives in them that they cannot pronounce. Ability to bring about advancements in pharmaceuticals may also impress hot nurses.

Civil: Middle of the road nerds. Not quite as cool as the biomedical/biochemical. Usually possesses good social skills to possibly even trick some neurotypical to marry them with the neurotypical thinking that this is the way math and science geeks behave. And size does matter-if you can design a really tall, big, fancy building you will be elevated to stardom status among enginerds and regular people.

Electrical: Level Extreme Nerdiness. Just plain weird. Even Steve Urkel crosses the street to avoid them.

9 Responses to “#17 Becoming An Engineer, Being An Enginerd”

  1. Miriam Says:

    I just wanted to comment saying how much I love this blog. Although I’m not sure if I personally am an Aspie (YET), the entries never fall to entertain. Keep writing!

  2. Miriam Says:

    *FAIL, not fall…

  3. jana Says:

    HA HA! Bull’s Eye!

  4. jana Says:


    “*FAIL, not fall…”

    comment was as funny as the post!

  5. scamps Says:

    I think I’m a broken aspie, because I want to write and be a journalist and work in PR. My neurotypical husband is the engineer.

  6. Sue Says:

    Aspies make very good writers and editors. I’m a medical/science writer/editor, and my AS traits are especially helpful when it comes to proofreading! 😐

  7. Mariam Says:

    Dang, my grandpa and 2 of my uncles (same side) are engineers/engineer related employed. No wonder! Although I’m an art major and terrible at math, didn’t get the number crunching benefits, just terrible social awkwardness.

  8. KittenO Says:

    Only one of my fellow civil engineering friends at school guessed I was an Aspie. I think everyone else knows, they just don’t know there is a name for the extreme awkwardness that I am. I didn’t find I did as extremely well in my generic engineering undergraduate classes as I do with the specific structural graduate level classes; I don’t do well in classes I find boring.

  9. MikeyG Says:

    look out!! those engineers, scientists and physicists are aspergers people!! the smartest people on the planet are messed up oh no!!! seriously this author is braindead and probably religious

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