Lucrative Jobs for People With Social Anxiety

Lucrative Jobs for People With Social Anxiety

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Film or Video Editor

Okay, this job might be the most reclusive of all. Typically, a television or film editor needs her own editing bay in order to have an ample amount of quiet. From the editing bay, a film, television, or video editor will be responsible for editing raw material into a cohesive story. Video editing in a loud, open office is nearly impossible. If an editor must 

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work in an open room or a louder space, a nice pair of noise-canceling headphones will be essential.

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Writer

The independent writer who writes fiction novels or well-researched non-fiction will likely be found hitting the books alone. Once a writer completes a draft of any work, whether a novel, an incendiary investigative piece, or a blog post, she’ll need to turn to others for editing and feedback. This element of the job is where someone with 

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social anxiety will be facing it head-on. Typically, social anxiety rears its ugly head when one needs to ask for advice or feedback.

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Technical Writer

Technical writers generally write things like manuals, white papers, or other more "technical" pieces. These usually require a good deal of research as well as the ability to communicate in a way that will help others understand a complex subject.  Detail-orientation is a must. Like other writing positions, the editing and feedback stage 

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Technical Writer

of technical writing can be intimidating since it will require other people to read through your work. However, if you enjoy some socialization in a role that's mostly solo, this is a solid option.

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Blogger

If you want to use your writing skills and be your own boss, you might consider becoming a blogger. Blogging is a very solitary activity that requires a ton of focus and hard work to build, manage, and grow. I'm not here to tell you that blogging is an easy way to make money because it isn't.  However, blogging is a great way to digitally connect with 

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others to teach and share something you love. Some blog ideas include: – Cooking or Baking – Fashion or Shopping – Movies or Television – Gaming or Virtual Reality The options are endless. Blogging is a great way to develop and strengthen a variety of skills, like marketing, social media, SEO, and content strategy.

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Graphic Designer

A role as a graphic designer likely means that you'll sometimes work with clients or colleagues to complete design work. If you're comfortable with that element of the role, the bulk of the design and editing is often a solo task. Plus, if you are a remote graphic designer, you may communicate primarily via email or messaging system, 

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so the face-to-face or phone call conversations may be a non-issue anyway.

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Photographer and Illustrator

Like writers, there are various types of photographers and illustrators. If you're a photographer who deals with social anxiety, this might mean that you specialize in, say, landscape or real estate photography, rather than social photography like weddings. Illustration jobs require a lot of "face time" with your drawing pad and your computer.

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Photographer and Illustrator

Like some of the other roles we've talked about, you'll likely have to discuss work with clients or your team, but the creative element of the role will allow you to be alone, where you can concentrate and create.

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Data Entry Administrator

Data entry careers are ideal options for those with social anxiety disorder.  They can often be done remotely, and they require very little social interaction with others. This might range from entering reports for an appraisals firm to managing online databases for clients.

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Transcriber

Transcribers essentially listen to recordings and type out what's being said. It might be transcribing something from one language to another, or simply recording something so that it's in writing.  This obviously requires intense concentration as well as strong grammatical skills and attention to detail. Transcription work doesn't 

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require much socialization whatsoever.

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Researcher

If you're great at internet sleuthing, a research role may be a great fit. All sorts of people need researchers or fact-checkers, from law firms to writers to newspapers to universities.  A professional researcher would likely have to regularly interact with a manager or a team, but this role also offers the opportunity to spend a lot 

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of time working alone—potentially learning interesting things and compiling your findings.

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Court Reporter

Court reporter might be an unexpected pick. Courtrooms are, by nature, sort of high-stress environments. However, the function of a court reporter is to be laser-focused on their work of listening and transcribing at a fast pace. To become a court reporter, one likely would have to complete a six-month postsecondary program to achieve an associate degree.

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Computer Programmer

Computer programmers are responsible for building every app, social network, or software upgrade you have ever encountered. That’s pretty amazing work! Intense coding involves a high level of concentration and a low level of distraction factors. Programmers are known to work for hours without a break—so it’s great for someone who thrives on working in solitude.

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Web Developer

Web developers are like "internet architects" in that they need both a creative eye and a strategic, user-oriented approach. Web development will likely require some interactions with clients or your manager, should you work for a company and not as a freelancer, but a bulk of the work is spent, well, developing websites—and for that, you'll need a place to focus alone.

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Statistician

If you are a natural-born mathematician, then a role as a statistician might be your calling—and you're in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, statisticians are one of the fastest-growing occupations, with an expected growth of 35.4 percent between 2020 and 2030. This means that there 

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will be roughly 15,000 new statistician jobs. Depending on where you work, a role as a statistician can include collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. From there, statisticians translate the data into trends and relationships.

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Animal Caretaker

Caring for animals is not only a rewarding job, but it’s pretty perfect for someone who, for one reason or another, may feel more comfortable around animals than humans. There are a few avenues someone with a social anxiety disorder might take in order to work with our furry friends. A veterinary assistant, kennel operator, zookeeper, rescue 

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Animal Caretaker

worker, dog trainer, or pet groomer could be the perfect job for someone with social anxiety.

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Zoologists + Wildlife Biologists

If you're a lifelong student with a passion for wildlife and all of Earth's creatures, jobs in zoology and wildlife can be the perfect fit. Zoologists and wildlife biologists study wildlife, their ecosystems, animal behaviors, and the impact humans have on the entire ecosystem. While these jobs might require a bachelor's degree, it is 

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possible to work your way up in a zoo setting to explore where this career might take you.

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Landscaper

Just as animal care funnels your love of animals into a viable position, so does landscaping. As social anxiety disorder can often lead to feelings of depression, the outdoors can serve as an amazing cure-all. Imagine yourself working below the roar of a lawnmower or immersing yourself in tailoring a beautiful garden. 

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Landscaper

Landscaping work can mean working for a company with a large campus, working for an actual college campus, manicuring a golf course, or running your own landscaping company. If you choose to go the route of running your own landscaping company, you’ll need to challenge your social fears by communicating 

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with clients and prospective employees. Entrepreneurship is typically a social network-reliant endeavor.

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Driver

No, we're not telling you to sign up for a rideshare service, because we can't think of anything more anxiety-inducing than navigating traffic, dealing with entitled riders, and all of the intricacies that come with being an Uber or Lyft driver. We're talking about driving food deliveries, flower deliveries, or other, quieter passengers. In fact, truck drivers are one

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of the most in-demand roles now. According to America Truck Driving, the demand for drivers is expected to increase by 21% over the next 10 years. With fast fulfillment services like Amazon Prime, the need for drivers only increases.

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Electrician

Yes, you might have to speak to a person or two, but electricians spend the majority of their working hours working with their hands. The pay can be extremely lucrative, too. According to CNBS, Powerhouse Electricians earn a median annual wage of $80,200. Electricians are typically entry-level roles. 

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However, to earn an income akin to a powerhouse electrician, you'd like have to attend technical school and obtain certification for high-skill work.

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Plumber

Okay, this is awkward, but let's explore a little bit. Imagine your anxiety being quelled by helping someone navigate a potentially embarrassing bathroom problem.  Like many tradesperson positions, plumbers are in high demand. Once the initial human interaction is through, plumbers work solitarily on fixing problems.

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Accountant

An accountant manages finances for companies and individuals. As such, accountants are essential to any organization or wealth management. If you enjoy working with numbers, an accountant position might be the perfect fit. While the majority of the day-to-day work of an accountant is solitary, there are also 

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opportunities to challenge for social anxieties. As a personal accountant, meeting with clients will allow you to face your social anxieties.  If you work as an accountant in a larger company, daily interaction is to be expected. Armed with your diligence and flawless accounting work, you can expect your interactions to be positive.

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Bookkeeper

Like accounting roles, bookkeeping jobs manage the nitty-gritty of the financial aspects of a business. This might mean recording and managing things like financial transactions and payroll. And like accountants, you might have to occasionally interact with others in this role, but the bulk of the work would be interacting with your computer and software.

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Librarian

If you prefer working in a quiet place and avoiding boisterous or awkward water-cooler talk, working as a librarian may be an ideal option for you.  While you will have to help recommend books, check books out, and mingle with people on a daily basis, being in a library provides the perfect way to be around people without really having to make 

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any small talk. A lot of your day would consist of organization, classification, and research.

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Counselor

You might read this job suggestion and ask, are you actually kidding me? Listen up, though! Counselors are meant to be understanding, empathetic caregivers for their patients.  As someone who suffers from a social anxiety disorder, a therapist or counselor position gives you the tools to confront 

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your own anxieties while addressing others’ problems. And, because you’re someone who acutely understands the challenges of social anxieties, you’re in the perfect position to help others treat and overcome their struggles.

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Virtual Assistant

If your social anxiety appears to be nonexistent when communicating digitally, a virtual assistant position might be a perfect fit for you.  Virtual assistants help with administrative tasks from scheduling to data management—and they can work 100% remotely, without ever laying eyes on their boss.

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