Jobs for people who dislike people
Not a people person? If you’d rather work alone and have minimal contact with other human beings, here are 10 introvert jobs to consider.
It’s OK, you can say it: You hate people. Especially for an introvert, nothing is worse than when you’re trying to focus on your work, and you have to deal with annoying co-workers and bosses who do things like talk obnoxiously loud, get overly emotional, or any other bad workplace habit.
Introverts rejoice—we’ve found some jobs with as few interactions with people as possible. These jobs for antisocial people typically involve working with computers, animals, plants, and heavy machinery because, well, they usually don’t talk back (unless you count Siri or Alexa—but even AI developers tend to err on the introverted side, too).
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster found 10 jobs that typically involve minimal contact with people. Find a quiet space all to yourself and see if one of these introvert jobs will give you the peace and quiet you so desperately crave.
What you’d do: Using mathematics, statistics, and financial theory, actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty to help businesses and clients (don’t worry, most the work is done in solitude).
What you’d need: In addition to a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to pass a series of exams to get certified. A strong background in mathematics, statistics, and business is a must.
What you’d make: $100,610 per year
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What you’d do: Rather than communicate with words to people, you’ll communicate in code to computers. Computer programmers write and test code to create computer applications and software programs.
What you’d need: While most computer programmers hold a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree is the baseline.
What you’d make: $79,840 per year
What you’d do: A data analyst can spend hours looking at spreadsheets that would make most people’s heads spin, but making sense of numbers is what analysts love about their job. Oh, and not having to deal with people. Just like the job title sounds, data analysts provide insights and identify trends in data.
What you’d need: To start out, a bachelor’s degree should be sufficient, but further education can help with job opportunities.
What you’d make: $62,560 per year
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What you’d do: Plants can be pretty to look at, but what makes them truly beautiful is the silence they provide. Horticulturists know everything there is to know about plants—from the scientific name to the exact amount of water and sunlight needed for survival to ways to improve production and resistance to disease.
What you’d need: Depending on the job, a high school diploma is the minimum, with skills typically gained through work experience. However, most positions require a bachelor’s degree, and sometimes advanced degrees, if you want to improve your job prospects.
What you’d make: $66,360 per year
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What you’d do: Janitors are responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of buildings and grounds, washing floors and windows, sweeping walkways, mowing lawns, removing snow. Because most janitors work in the evenings when most people have gone home for the night, you typically won’t have to see or deal with people.
What you’d need: No formal education is required to become a janitor. Instead, you’ll get your experience on the job.
What you’d make: $24,190 per year
What you’d do: Software developers build programs that delight people and make their lives easier, but these workers don’t actually need to engage with said people while doing their job. Some developers create applications to do different things on computers or other devices, while others develop the underlying systems the run the devices or control network systems.
What you’d need: Getting a bachelor’s degree in computer science is the typical route to become a software developer.
What you’d make: $102,280 per year
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What you’d do: Once again, numbers provide solace. These workers use statistical and surveying methods to collect, organize, and analyze data to solve problems.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree can be sufficient, but to increase your chances of getting a job, you’ll at least need a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or another quantitative field.
What you’d make: $80,500 per year
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What you’d do: These workers typically write about inanimate objects, which, as you know, don’t talk. Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, and journal articles to explain complex and technical information.
What you’d need: While a bachelor’s degree is standard, it’s more important to have experience with a technical subject like computer science, web design, or engineering.
What you’d make: $69,850 per year
What you’d do: Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Driving for hours on end, seeing the country, and listening to the radio—this job can be quite relaxing and offers ample time to be alone with your thoughts and away from the outside world.
What you’d need: In addition to a high school diploma (or GED), you’ll need to attend a professional truck driving school and have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
What you’d make: $41,340 per year
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What you’d do: If you prefer the company of animals to people, a job as a zoologist, taking care of animals, is perfect for you. You may work in an office, laboratory, or outdoors, studying animals in their natural habitat, or feeding giraffes and caring for cubs in a zoo.
What you’d need: For entry-level positions, a bachelor’s degree, typically in zoology or biology, is sufficient, but to advance your career, a master’s degree or even a Ph.D. will be necessary.
What you’d make: $60,520 per year
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