Close
Need more options? Browse Jobs by Company, Date Posted, Job Title, and more job categories
Search
Advice » Job Hunt Strategy» Career Assessment » Jobs for People Who Dislike.. ...
Jobs for People Who Dislike...People

Jobs for People Who Dislike...People



By Bridget QuiggPayScale.com 
 


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

Software developers 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.

For more jobs for loners or for any kind of personalities try our job search engine.

Latest Jobs

IBM Canada
Posted: 10/02/2014
Vancouver, BC

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Career Centre

Tools to help your job hunt.
Tools to help your job hunt.
Research careers here.
Research careers here.
How does your work experience compare to others?
How does your work experience compare to others?
Look perfect on paper - get your resume professionally written.
Look perfect on paper - get your resume professionally written.
Get coached for your interview. Gain confidence to get the job.
Get coached for your interview. Gain confidence to get the job.
Know what a job pays.
Know what a job pays.
More Career Centre Resources

Screening Candidates

Alt text
We all carry around some prejudice. Are you immune? Not likely. Here's how to work through your human foibles to get the best candidate.

Workforce Planning

Alt text
Here some Canadian resources that are available to entrepreneurs to help them get the back up that they need to run their businesses effectively.

For Seekers

Resume Writing Service
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
Compare Your Salary
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Interview Preparation
Gain an interview advantage with step-by-step preparation
Other Services

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $175.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Centre
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.

Social Media

Career help on Facebook
Follow Monster.ca on Facebook. Ask career questions, find career related answers.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Advice Forums
Tap into Monster's online career forums and share advice with experts.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
The Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Jobs & Career Advice
Find jobs in your industry of choice and use the associated resources to boost your search.
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes
About Monster | Work for Monster | AdChoices | Investor Relations | Monster Network
Terms of Use | Privacy Centre | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap| Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.4.55.59-214
eTrustLogo