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Are you an introvert looking to start a career?
It can often seem that the only jobs available require nailed-on social interaction and face time with colleagues.
It’s time to introduce 12 professions that are perfect for those who prefer their alone time but with the reward of a good wage and their own space in which to work.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of networking or leadership opportunities, take comfort in knowing there are still plenty of great options out there, each one tailored entirely to your needs.
So, let’s get started and learn more about these roles where minimal contact is required!
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1. Data Entry Clerk
Data entry clerks enter and update data, ensuring it is accurate and up to date.
As a data entry clerk, you will be able to work remotely from your own home on most occasions.
Transcriptionists are responsible for transcribing audio or video recordings into written form.
They may also have to proofread and edit the transcription before submitting it.
Working as a transcriptionist is perfect if you prefer your own company and don’t need to interact with colleagues on a regular basis.
3. School Janitor
Like teachers, being a school janitor has its perks once you are employed for a certain number of years.
Being a school janitor is an excellent occupation as it’s a job with a pension, government benefits, and a competitive salary.
Unlike teachers, however, they don’t have to speak to anyone daily if they don’t want to! Talk about a dream job! (Well, apart from the constant mopping and cleaning of toilets.)
4. Hedge Fund Compliance Officer
Honestly, there isn’t an easier-sounding occupation than being a hedge fund compliance officer. Can someone point me in the right direction? “I used to know a guy who worked for a hedge fund,” says one man.
“His job was to review all the accounting laws and make sure the firm was complying with them, as the laws are constantly changing. Pretty sure he made mid-six figures and didn’t have to interact much except for normal office chit-chat. These days you could probably work from home.”
5. Crane Operator
Some people find themselves in a very envious position: Earning tons of money while sitting on their butts.
I aspire to be a crane operator one day. “A quarter million a year to sit by yourself all day, with occasional requests to relocate heavy objects at or near the Earth’s surface,” reports one crane operator. “But mostly, you sit and contemplate the view from up there.”
According to many radiologists, they are shocked at the amount of money they make despite interacting with a minimal amount of people.
If administering X-rays and CT scans in relative peace and quiet is the way to make a lot of money these days, then sign me up! Who would say no to being a radiologist?
7. Computer Engineer
When your job title consists of the words “Computer” and “Engineer,” two things are crystal clear: You make a lot of money and don’t have to deal with people.
Computer engineers make a living by hunkering down at their desks, quietly improving the lives of others. In a way, they’re geniuses, and I’m glad they are adequately compensated.
8. Financial Analyst
Based on multiple accounts by financial analysts, they may have the best job in the world.
In 2023, financial analysts work from home, only answer to one person (their direct boss), and mostly converse over emails instead of over the phone. These factors translate to a relatively easy occupation with a high-paying salary!
9. Full-Time Dog Walker
Believe it or not, there is money to be made in the dog-walking game! “A friend of mine is a full-time dog walker,” explains one woman.
“He’s been doing it for so long that he has keys to the apartments of people too busy to walk their dogs. Aside from the occasional hello, he mostly talks to dogs and makes close to 80k.”
10. Freelance Writer
One of the best-kept secrets in the job market is that of a freelance writer. Not only do you set your own schedule, but you don’t have to talk to anyone!
“I used to have to do the occasional Skype call to secure a job or discuss details,” confesses one freelancer. “But for the last five years, I have worked (full-time pay, part-time hours) with a client who only communicates by email. It is glorious.”
11. Commercial Truck Driver
Imagine a job that consists of just you, a 12-ton long-haul truck, and an open road.
Commercial truck drivers command top-tier salaries, but it comes at a cost: Long, uncomfortable hours sitting down as you travel alone. At least the job doesn’t require you to have any other human interaction, though.
12. Day Trader
While day trading is highly volatile, the benefits arguably outweigh the drawbacks.
First, there is theoretically no limit on the money you can make. In addition, you can do it from the comfort of your home, away from other people! Of course, you must constantly deal with the stress of losing everything immediately, but that’s part of the thrill of being a day trader.
13. Underwater Welding
Underwater welding is one of the highest-paid jobs out there, and it involves absolutely no contact with coworkers.
This is a challenging job, as welders must be highly skilled in working underwater while wearing heavy-duty protective gear.
But if you’re up for the challenge, payouts can range from $250 an hour to around $550 per hour.
14. Tower Climber
Tower climbers make their living by scaling tall radio, television, and cell towers to perform maintenance or repair work.
It’s a job that requires great strength and dexterity, as well as the ability to brave extreme heights!
This is another high-paying job with an average hourly rate of $20 to $30, not bad considering you won’t have to worry about dealing with coworkers.
Make Money While You Sleep
Yes, you can make money while you sleep. There are a handful of jobs out there that will earn you an income even after you stop working for the day.
The trick is finding the right one for you.
Sell Feet Pictures For Serious Cash
Selling pictures of your feet can be a significant income stream. Some people report earning six figures a year doing this easy job.
All you need is a camera and two feet and you are in business. Here is all you need to know to make life changing wealth selling images of your feet.
Under The Table Jobs That Pay Cash
If you need cash right away, a typical job won’t work for you. You will have to wait a week to get paid, or in some cases, two weeks.
Luckily there are other options out there. Here are the best places to make cash under the table and walk out with cash in hand at the end of the day.
Legit Ways To Make $1,000 Fast
Are you in need of cash fast? There are many things you can do, but a lot of the ideas out there only allow for a limited income.
Here are over 25 great ways to make up to $1,000 in a short amount of time.
Get Free PayPal Money
If you have a PayPal account, there are countless ways you can get free money.
Here is a look at the easiest ways to put some cash in your PayPal account today.
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