By Bridget Quigg
Are you the kind of person who prefers solo work to small talk and being surrounded by co-workers? If so, you might be wondering where you can work and interact with as few people as possible. We put together a list of jobs well-suited to the introverted.
These jobs typically involve working with numbers, data, animals, plants and heavy machinery, since they don’t talk back. “Non-people people should look for jobs that require a lot of heads-down work, where time alone is necessary to complete tasks,” says Katie Bardaro, lead analyst at online salary database PayScale.com
Below are eight jobs that typically involve minimal contact with people.1. Actuary (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Actuary/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $93,800
There must be some outgoing actuaries
out there, but extroversion is not required for this job. Helping insurance companies and other businesses figure out the likelihood of injury or death in various scenarios requires a sharp mind, sharper math skills and a bachelor’s degree. Because these job skills are almost always in demand, actuaries are likely to find work even in the toughest economies.
2. Software Developer (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Software_Developer/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $63,000
must build software that people like, but they can often ignore people while doing so. A bachelor’s degree is typical, and demand for this job is likely to grow as web and computer use do the same.3. Statistician (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Statistician/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $58,400
Once again, numbers provide a shield against human invaders. Statisticians’ capacity to organize and analyze data matters most. While at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics or operational research, is the minimum requirement yet certain levels do require a Masters Degree. They also must have superior problem analysis and problem-solving skills
. Sometimes you will have to work with a team, that is for sure, but rest assured you will have personal time for your own analytics.4. Technical Writer (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Technical_Writer/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $56,900
Like software developers, technical writers
must have a good understanding of their human audience, but the time they spend working can be fairly solitary. A bachelor’s degree is typical, and you’ll find most jobs in the technical or engineering industries.
5. Data Analyst (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Data_Analyst/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $51,700
Numbers, facts and more numbers. A data analyst
can create spreadsheets that would make most people dizzy, and then tell you exactly why the information on that spreadsheet is interesting. However, while they’re making sense of all those numbers, they typically work alone. “I can put on my headphones, listen to music, zone out and do my work,” says data analyst, Patrick Moore.
A bachelor’s degree will get you started, though further education and specialization can help with job opportunities. For market research analysts in particular, the BLS predicts job growth of 41 percent between 2010 and 2020.6. Zoologist (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Zoologist/Salary
Median Annual Salary: $49,900
As a zoologist, you can not only avoid humans, but also feed giraffes and help baby pandas have fewer tummy aches as well. You must love biology and be ready to spend time in the lab and the field. The job requires at least a bachelor’s degree, though further education is typical and will help in a job search.7. Heavy or Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Truck_Driver%2c_Heavy_%2f_Tractor-Trailer/Hourly_Rate
Median Annual Salary: $45,900
You’ll be on the road again and again if you become a truck driver. For long hours, you’ll be driving down lonely highways, over snowy passes or across hot deserts. But if you like to be alone with your thoughts while seeing beautiful scenery and listening to music, this job could be for you. A high school diploma or GED is typically required as well as a Commercial Driver’s License. Some previous professional driving experience can help you land your first gig.Find truck driver jobs.8. Horticulturist (http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Horticulturist/Hourly_Rate
Median Annual Salary: $33,300
Plants are not only beautiful and fascinating, but they are also typically silent. A horticulturist knows plants well, even their Latin names like malus domestica (apple tree). They use their vast scientific knowledge to improve plants’ production and resistance to disease. Sweeter wine grapes? They can do that. A bachelor’s degree is needed to start; higher degrees improve job prospects.Find horticulturist jobs.Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are median annual salaries for full-time employees with five to eight years of experience in their field or career, and include any bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions and other forms of cash earnings. Equity compensation, cash value of retirement benefits or value of other noncash benefits (e.g., health insurance) are not included.
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