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The Best Careers for the Socially Awkward
Nearly everyone has periods of social awkwardness. Not knowing what to say in a public situation or feeling insecure around other people are hallmarks of being socially awkward. Those who feel uncomfortable in social situations may seek out jobs where they can have more alone time. Several careers are available for those who are uneasy in social situations.
Any job where you work more with numbers than people is a choice to consider if you are socially awkward. The field of accounting is a career where calculations dominate the work day. Accountants occasionally meet with clients and co-workers, but, for the most part, they work at the computer or with pen in hand. They spend considerable time filling out forms and working with documents, so enjoying desk work is critical to excel in this position. Accountants can work for companies or independently from their homes.
Lab technicians spend a majority of their workday in the confines of a medical laboratory. Aptitude for science is necessary to do well in these types of careers. Technicians are trained to perform many different tests on body tissues and fluids. They are not usually required to interact socially with others at work except to relay or discuss lab results. A 4-year degree in a related field is likely required to work as a lab technician.
Working in long-haul truck driving is a solid choice for someone who is considered socially awkward or shy. Truck drivers who travel long distances, especially cross country, spend multiple hours alone in their cabs. Truck drivers need to interact with others at stops along away and when they reach the destination, but, otherwise, the job requires little ongoing social interaction. Degrees are typically not required in truck driving; however, some physical demands may be a part of this job, such as moving freight.
Various careers in the fields of creativity allow the socially awkward to thrive. Shy or introverted individuals may find success as graphic designers or freelance artists. Others may find success in written art forms such as technical writing or various forms of freelance writing. Many of these jobs allow for flexibility and little social contact. Limited interaction with editors or co-workers may be necessary, but, otherwise, several positions in the creative arts field allow for working apart from social situations.
Based in the Midwest, Gina Scott has been writing professionally since 2008. She has worked in real estate since 2004 and has expertise in pop culture and health-related topics. She has also self-published a book on how to overcome chronic health conditions. Scott holds a Master of Arts in higher-education administration from Ball State University.