Top 10 Jobs for People Who Hate People
by Maria Hanson, LiveCareer
Monday, September 27, 2010
Are you antisocial? Misanthropic to the max? Or just someone who generally prefers his own company to that of others? If so, finding an enjoyable career can be a bit of a challenge--especially in this service-based economy.
But fear not. "There's a lid for every pot," says Helen Cooke, managing director of Cooke Consulting, a management consulting firm. "There are plenty of important and well-paying jobs that require individuals to work alone."
Every job offers its own unique work environment. You can find the jobs that best match your work personality with a free career interest test.
Let's take a look at some of the best jobs for people who would rather not work with others. Of course, some people in these occupations could be super-outgoing social butterflies, but everyone from introverts to outright misanthropes can also thrive in them.
Like plants better than people? Even the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that this occupation does "not involve a lot of ... working closely with others." A fringe benefit is that you can confide in the plants, and - unlike human coworkers - they will never breathe a word of your secrets. Median salary: $58,262
If numbers are your true friends, a career as an actuary might be your calling. The job pays well and can mean minimal interaction with people. You'll spend your days analyzing statistical data and forecasting risk and liability. Median salary: $76,121
To be a tech writer, you do have to be able to effectively communicate complex information to a broad range of people. But you don't have to do it in person! Many tech-writing jobs are freelance, so you get to work from home, often communicating with clients only by email. Median salary: $66,575
If you're a funeral director, you have to deal with living people who are grieving - not a good job for the people-skills-challenged worker. But the funeral industry also has good jobs in which the people you spend most of your work day with are dead. And dead people don't give boring PowerPoint presentations or talk loudly on their cell phones all day. Median salary: $58,287
Heating ventilating air conditioning mechanic (HVAC)
This is a great occupation for people who ice over at the thought of dealing with others on the job. Contact with coworkers is usually minimal as you test equipment and try to solve heating- and cooling-system issues. Median salary: $50,480
If you'd rather stare at a computer than customers and colleagues, this could be the job for you. You'll be so busy huddling over computers, reviewing software specs, testing systems, and documenting steps for using software that there will be little time - or need - for major social interaction. Median salary: $63,189
Spend your days - and even your nights - alone in your truck. Median salary: $42,237
As long as you don't end up in one of the more visitor-facing gigs, like giving little kiddies tours of the exhibits, most of the time you'll be interacting with beasts of the non-human persuasion. Median salary: $32,282
It's easy to work alone when you're a carpenter. And since there's always a structure in need of repair, there will always be work for a carpenter. Plus, plenty of carpenters are self-employed, so they don't even have to deal with a boss. Median salary: $40,123
Independent consultant (of any kind)
You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and deal with people as little or as much as you need to. Don't like interacting with someone? Write that person off forever! What could be better? Salaries are highly variable.
If you want to be your own boss, take a free entrepreneur test to find out if you have the necessary personality, skills, and motivation to succeed.
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