If bipolar disorder is managed well a person can hold almost any job they like. I know there are several physicians in the area with bipolar disorder. The medical board knows of their conditions and decided they are stable enough to practice medicine.
I know of a woman named Kay Jamison who has bipolar disorder. She is also a professor of Psychology at John's Hopkins University. She wrote a book called "The Unquiet Mind" about her struggles with bipolar disorder. Teaching at an Ivy league school is a pretty big deal, yet she does it despite the biplar condition.
I have bipolar disorder and will be graduating from college in a month. I have been going to school full time, and working part-time. Every summer I have been working full time. I plan to work full time once I am done with school. Already I have an interview lined up for a promising job that pays very well. For the past four years I have been on a mood stabilzer that has kept me stable..
People would not know that I had bipolar disorder unless I told them. I told a professor that I had bipolar disorder and she was absolutely shocked. She said that she would have never of geussed, and that I was functioning normal. I told a close friend that I have bipolar disorder and her jaw literally dropped open. Then she spent the next few minutes asking me if I was joking.
It is possible for your son to have a promissing future. Make sure you get him the medical help he needs now. Find a good psychiatrist that your son is able to relate to. Also, make sure that he gets on an effective mood stabilizer. Bipolar is a condition that can be managed and it is not a life sentence to misery.