Many of us are so concerned about having the right job skills and educational background to qualify for good work that we seldom consider other factors affecting our ability to find and hold a job. One such factor is whether or not you have the right people sklls needed to perform certain jobs. While most people would never think of putting "people skills" on their resume, it doesn't really seem like a too farfetched idea. After all, many job applications list educational and skills requirements, and you're almost always guaranteed to find "social" skills as a prerequisite in many industries, especially retail, customer service, education, professional services, law enforcement, and sales. So how do you find work if you're not a "people person?"
Fortunately there are just as many industries that do not require you to be highly sociable, or interact with customers or other employees. Some of you may be thinking, "That sounds like such a lonely way to make a living," but for others, working alone all day without interuptions or distractions from others is just like heaven. So where are these jobs that offer its professionals peace and quiet throughout their work day? Below is a list of the top 10 high-paying jobs for individuals lacking in social skills, as taken from the O*NET database at the US Department of Labor. The database monitors 947 different occupations, and rates these occupations by how much employees must interact with people and also on how pleasant employees have to be when interacting with people.
1. Creative Writing
Creative writers, such as song lyricists, poets, novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters, rarely have to interact with people on a daily basis. Unless they are collaborating with a fellow writer or meeting with a client or potential client, creative writers seldom have to leave their home to get some work done. Creative writers provide content for publication, performing arts, and individual artists or writers, often based on contract work. According to O*NET, creative writers make an average salary of $60,250.
2. Geological Testing Technician
This one will require a degree in geology or geography (most likely a bit of both), but if you enjoy being alone and outside, it can definitely offer an exciting and worthwhile career-path. Geological test technicians are responsible for taking samples of natural elements like minerals and crude oil and testing them for the presence of gas or mineral deposits. Companies utilize this information to determine geographical locations that are safe for mining, drilling, and construction, and make an average $55,610 a year.
If you're good with numbers and studying trends, working as an economist is another great career for you to pursue. Economists spend their days conducting research and writing reports concerning issues pertaining to production and distribution of goods and services across industries and countries. Many economists are directly hired by a company, organization, or financial institution, or do freelance work for multiple companies. These guys make an average of $109,230 a year.
Again, not the most thrilling work, but if you are good with numbers and problem solving, being a mathematician is another career to look into. Mathematicians conduct mathematical and analytical research for various industries like science, physics, and engineering. Mathematicians make an average $112,560 annually.
Astronomy has been around since ancient times, but with the modern era continuing to make advancements in technology, it is a profession that is becoming more and more significant. Astronomers spend their days/nights looking at the stars, studing astronomical phenomenon to further our knowledge of the mysterious universe and solutions to practical problems we've not yet been able to solve here on Earth. O*NET averages an astronomer's income at $104,100.
6. Remote Sensing Technicians
Remote sensing involves analyzing geographical for the purposes of solving problems in professions like urban planning, natural resource extraction and management, and homeland security. These professionals often work in on-site locations, but are not generally interacting with people, except in a collaborative environment. They average about $94,130 a year.
We hear about statistics in almost every news report. Ever wonder who makes up those numbers? Statisticians utilize mathetmatics and date collection techniques to analyze trends and interpret data for a variety of purposes. It could be for a study involving social demographics, a report on consumer spending in the United States, or an analytical report commissioned by a private company. Statitsticians earn an average of $80,110 a year.
8. Aircraft Mechanic
Forget the auto-body shop. If you enjoy working with technology and have an eye for auto-mechanics and engineering, working as an aircraft mechanic or technician is another fulfilling career to pursue. Aircraft mechanics diagnose problems with aircraft technology and repair both hydraulic and pneumatic systems in aircrafts including commercial jets, helicopters, and more. O*NET ranks the average salary for these technicians at $58,370.
9. Web Administrator
If you're good with computers and have skills in web design, working as a web administrator is a great job for people lacking "people skills." Administrators have a hand in web design and development, as well as routine testing to see that websites and applications are properly functioning. They also perform maintenance activities for their client's websites. Administrators average a salary of $85,240.
10. Hardware Engineer
Computer hardware engineers research, design, and develop computer technology and equipment for both commercial and private industries. These technologies are used to advance science, military technology, and technology utilized by the general public. Hardware engineers make an average of $111,730 annually according to O*NET.