Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions we have to make. It can also be one of the most difficult decisions. Some people know what they want to do from a very young age; and those are the ones who have an advantage because they are able to dedicate more time and energy to preparing for their futures. But a lot of us struggle with figuring out what we want to do for the rest of our lives. That decision gets even harder when we find ourselves restricted by our preferences or personalities.
For us introverts, finding a job that we are happy in and that provides us with the salary we need in order to live comfortably has proven to be exceedingly challenging. No matter what jobs we take, it seems like we find ourselves having to pretend like we have people skills and suffering through the process of being overwhelmed with meeting and talking to new individuals. It is not fun and can severely impact those who struggle with social anxiety. On the occasion that we do find a job that has a limited amount of daily interaction with others, chances are that the pay is nowhere near what we need in order to feel like we could live as comfortably as possible.
If this is something that you find yourself struggling with, then we have good news for you! We have created a list of 15 jobs that could end up being a great fit for you! Not only are all 15 of these jobs high-paying, but they also require minimal social interaction. For each job we discuss the average median salary as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the level of face-to-face interaction required for the job as reported by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), as well as the other types of skills and abilities that are required in order to be successful in these careers.
15 Judicial Law Clerk: $50,740/Year
A judicial law clerk assists a judge in conducting research on issues and making legal determinations. They also prepare legal documents for court hearings. Although you are assisting judges in this job, most of the time is spent conducting the research and getting documents in order before handing them over to the judge you are assisting.
According to O*NET's 100 point scale, social interaction's level of importance in this occupation is only a 37. This indicates a very low level of sociability, and allows you plenty of time to spend working alone to balance out any time spent working with others. With this career you will need a degree in law and to have passed the bar examination. You will also need organizational skills, the ability to multitask, and a working knowledge of Word and online case management. This career would be best suited for those who have shown an interest in studying law, but find themselves unable to deal with the social aspect of becoming a lawyer or a judge.
14 Mine Shuttle Car Operator: $55,320/Year
A mine shuttle car operator does exactly what you might think they do: they operate shuttle cars in underground mines. These shuttles are diesel or electric-powered cars and they are used in order to transport materials extracted from the mine. O*NET reports that the importance of social interaction for a mine shuttle car operator is 50 on a 100 point scale. The only steady and daily form of interaction that they note for this job is signaling at others in order to coordinate vehicle movement. For this job you need to be able to coordinate two or more limbs at a time, precisely and quickly control machines and vehicles, have excellent eye sight, and react quickly to signals and signs. You also need to pay close attention to detail so that problems do not go unnoticed, have high concentration levels, be dependable, and have a high tolerance for stressful situations. The only educational requirement for this job is a high school diploma or equivalent.
13 Aircraft Mechanic or Service Technician: $58,370/Year
These mechanics and technicians work on diagnosing, adjusting, repairing, or overhauling aircraft engines and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Whether you want to work on aircraft or helicopter engines, both are included in this entry. Just like the mine shuttle operator, O*NET places the importance of social interaction in this job as a 58/100. The reason for this is the interaction you would have for this job would be dedicated to coordinating installations or repairs with your coworkers, supervisors, or subordinates. While some of this can take place in person, a lot of it will also take place over the phone, in emails, or via filling out forms. It is preferred that you have at least an associate's degree or training in a vocational school. The skills involved with this job include problem solving, critical thinking, reading comprehension, coordination, and time management. You will also obviously need a working knowledge of equipment maintenance and repair.
12 Writer or Author: $60,250/Year
One of the more obvious careers for an individual who does not like to work too closely with others is a writer. Poets, creative writers, and lyricists are all included in the BLS's definition of a writer. This career can involve creating scripts, essays, novels, short stories, poetry, song lyrics, or any other sort of original written work. As a writer, you do have to communicate with your editors and publishers and you also have to know how to communicate well with the public in your writing. However, as far as daily interaction with others goes, it does not happen often and primarily takes place via email or telephone (depending on your specific job).
That being said, O*NET ranks the importance of social interaction in this career as a 32 out of 100. All you really need is a passion for writing and high skill levels in creative thinking, organization, planning, time management, and reading and writing comprehension. There are no degrees or previous experience required in order to succeed as a writer, but it is one of those careers that you're either meant for or you're not.
11 Film/Video Editor: $61,750/Year
Although the idea of working in film or television can seem like a nightmare to people with social anxiety, a film and video editor is actually a really great career for someone who has the passion for the work while also being restricted by their introversion. The sociability score for a film and video editor is a little higher, coming in at a 54 out of 100 according to O*NET. However, most of the interaction will take place before you begin a project and once you complete it. Other than that, most of your time will be spent interacting with a computer.
This is another job where a lot of interaction also takes place virtually, which makes interaction a bit easier for some anti-social individuals. This particular job does typically require at least a bachelor's degree; and the skills preferred include time management, creative thinking, visual creativity, reading and writing comprehension, and a working knowledge of computers and editing software.
10 Sociologist: $73,760/Year
Although a sociologist spends their time studying society and social behavior, it is actually a really good, high-paying job for someone who rather introverted. Rather than participating in the social aspects of different groups, cultures, and organizations, sociologists research the way people interact and work together in these different types of settings. Social interaction for this career is scored at a 59, which is kind of low considering the fact that this job does revolve around the idea of social behavior.
The requirements for this type of job include a bachelor's degree (at the minimum) with preferences towards a master's degree or a Ph.D. in this field. Some of the skills required in this type of job include critical and analytical thinking, attention to detail, leadership skills, problem solving, and an understanding of more advanced mathematics. Sociologists also need high reading, writing, computer, and electronic comprehension as well as a working knowledge of applications such as Excel.
9 Statistician: $80,110/Year
Working as a statistician, it would be your job to problem solve. This job involves the collecting and analyzing data then using that information to help other fields such as business, medical, and engineering. Another medium level score, statisticians social orientation is rated at a 42 on O*NET's 100 point scale. Although a statistician does interact with coworkers on some level, a large majority of their time is spent guiding and depending on themselves. This is one of those few jobs where you are barely even supervised as you work. You are expected to work and excel on an independent level. Requirements for this job include the obvious high levels of statistical knowledge and strong mathematical and analytical skills. You're also not as likely to land a job as a statistician without at least a master's degree in statistics. Most places would also like to see some sort of background in other fields such as finance, biology, or engineering.
8 Biochemist or Biophysicist: $82,150/Year
Both of these careers are going to be rather difficult to get into unless you already have a strong interest in this field. Basically, biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical composition and physical principles of living things. It involves a lot of math and several sciences, as well as engineering, technology, and even medicine. That being said, you can expect that the requirements for this career are high. You cannot work in independent research and development without a Ph.D., which is the area of this career that has the least amount of social interaction. The importance of social interaction as a biochemist or a biophysicist is rated at a 25/100. However, do keep in mind that at some point or another, you will likely have to do some sort of public speaking. Although for $82,150 a year, it might not be so hard to push through a speech or two in front of an audience.
7 Web Administrator: $85,240/Year
This is another career that is an obvious choice for someone who tends to be a bit on the anti-social side. Being a web administrator, or website publisher, involves a lot of one on one time with computers. If you have a knack for designing and coding, this is something you might want to look into! O*NET also reports that being a web administrator, the importance of social interaction is at a 32 on their 100 point scale. So you should be able to interact with others, but don't worry because it won't be too often. This would be a great choice because you do not have to have a degree in order to create and design websites. Of course, it helps. And if you plan on working for a specific company, they're likely to require at least an associate's degree in web design or a related field. However, a large amount of website administrators are self-employed. You are definitely going to want to spend some serious time training and practicing things like coding and working with the software used in this kind of career before you try to jump in and make your own website.
6 Geoscientist: $89,700/Year
Typically in jobs where you spend your time working alone, you will usually find yourself hunkering down in a secluded office-type space. As a geoscientist, this is not the case. You could find yourself working in places like offices or laboratories, but they also research outdoors. So if you are just not a people person, but you don't want to end up living like a hermit every day, then this is a career that you might want to have a look at. Much like a web administrator, the importance of social interaction for a geoscientist is very low. O*NET places it at a 36/100. Unlike a lot of these very high-paying jobs, a geoscientist is only required to have a bachelor's degree. However, there are some states that also require them to have a license in order to provide their services to the public. Other than that, if you have strengths in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and technology; then this is somewhere you shouldn't have a problem excelling.
5 Economist: $99,180/Year
As you can tell, a lot of jobs that are ideal for anti-social individuals revolve heavily around conducting research. The same goes for economists. Their jobs entail studying trends and data within the economy and the way that goods and services are produced and distributed. Naturally this would involve mathematical knowledge and understanding, and it goes without saying that you would also need to not only know economics and accounting, but they definitely need to be areas that you are extremely confident in. At the entry-level, a master's degree is typically required; but that's not to say that you cannot get a job as an economist with just a bachelor's degree. However, a Ph.D. is obviously going to be preferred above anything else. This career has a low sociability requirement, with O*NET scoring it at a 35 out of 100 in regards to level of importance.
4 Political Scientist: $99,730/Year
Did you know that you can work in the political field without having to be a people person? Well it's true! Political scientists are not so much politicians, though. Instead they spend their time studying the political system. O*NET reports that as a political scientists, you will spend more time interacting with computers than you will with others on face-to-face terms. This is exactly why the sociability score is a 41 out of 100. Yes, it is higher than most of the other jobs on this list; but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that gathering information for their research can involve the use of surveys. Individuals interested in becoming a political scientist should have strengths in areas such as quantitative and qualitative data, political science, writing, and statistics. On top of that, the educational requirements for this career state that you should either have your master's degree or a Ph.D. in this type of field.
3 Astronomer: $110,980/Year
If you have an interest in the field of astronomy and are willing to spend the time and money necessary to obtain your Ph.D, then becoming an astronomer is something you should definitely look into. The importance of social interaction is rated at a 49; therefore, it's safe to assume that the amount of time you spend working independently will outweigh the time spent interacting with other individuals. Just remember that if this is something you are interested in pursuing, it needs to come with a passion for and an extensive knowledge of quite a few different applied sciences. You will spend most of your time studying outer space and the Earth's atmosphere; and depending on your own preferences, you could also end up studying and monitoring the satellites that we have in our orbit. Of course, with every research-based job comes the likelihood that you will have to give presentations at some point or another. But just like with all of the others, the pay is definitely work sucking it up for an hour or so every few months or weeks.
2 Mathematician: $111,110/Year
Working this closely with numbers is very much something that only a certain amount of people are able to do. Mathematician's spend their time going through numbers, data, quantities, models, and techniques in order to solve problems, help progress technology, and gain a better understanding of the world. Seeing as how one has to be extremely focused on their work, it is easy to understand why this would be a career that is ideal for someone who prefers not to have to interact with others very often. According to O*NET, only about 38% of mathematicians state that they interact with others on a daily basis. 50% claim that the most face-to-face interaction they have is once a week. These statistics make this one of the most preferred jobs on this list based on social interaction and average annual salary. To enter into this job, you will need a master's degree at the least; so be prepared to become best friends with numbers if this is the path you choose.
1 Computer Hardware Engineer: $111,730/Year
On average, one of the highest paying jobs that requires little to no daily interaction with others is a computer hardware engineer. According to O*NET's website, interaction with others as a computer hardware engineer is only rated a 22/100 in terms of importance. The time where you do interact with others is primarily spent directing technicians, engineering staff, and other technical support personnel as well as providing technical support during product development. So while interaction with others does occur in this career, it is short lived and not necessarily on a daily basis. In order to get into this field, you will need a bachelor's degree in either computer engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science. It is obviously more likely for you to land a job with higher pay if you have a master's degree, but even the bottom 10% of computer hardware engineers earn an average of $65,570 per year. That's a lot of money for a job that only requires you to interactive on a face-to-face level about half of the time.