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Careers That Don't Need People Skills

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Anyone who scans the classified or online job ads knows people skills are essential for many jobs, as workers must often interact with customers or suppliers. Public interaction is less important for some jobs, however, especially those that require high levels of concentration and repetition of certain tasks. Jobs in which people skills aren't the primary focus range from hourly positions to those that require advanced degrees. Salaries for these jobs also vary, depending on your experience and geographical location.

Stock Clerks

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Since many stock clerks work late at night, when stores are less crowded, their interaction with customers is minimal. A stock clerk places boxes from the backroom of the store on carts and transports them to the selling floor. They then stock inventory on shelves, ensuring all items are in their proper locations. Stock clerks also use scanners to track the inventory of products so they know when to reorder. Most stock clerks have at least high school diplomas. Average annual salaries were $24,940 as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS estimates a 1 percent increase in employment for material recording clerks, including stock clerks, from 2012 to 2022. That's well below the 11 percent projected growth rate for all occupations, primarily due to advances in inventory tracking technology.

Medical Transcriptionist

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Medical transcriptionists take dictation from doctors or create documents and reports from their recordings. They have little interaction with the public because of the high levels of concentration required to ensure the accuracy of all transcriptions. Other important responsibilities for medical transcriptionists include reviewing and editing drafts, translating medical abbreviations from physicians and submitting transcriptions for physicians' approval. Requirements for this job are either a one-year certificate in medical transcription or an associate degree. In 2013, medical transcriptionists earned average salaries of $35,260, according to the BLS. The BLS projected an 8 percent increase in jobs for medical transcriptionists from 2012 to 2022. Speech recognition and other technological advances will temper job growth for medical transcriptionists.

Forklift Operator

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Forklift operators are sometimes referred to as industrial truck and tractor operators or material moving machine operators. Under any name, they use levers to lift crates of boxes from trucks, transport them to warehouses or backrooms of retail stores and place them in storage locations. Lifting and maneuvering forklifts takes a lot of concentration, as dropping boxes or supplies can get expensive, so people skills are not as important as the ability to focus on the job at hand. Employers usually prefer high school diplomas for this job but they're not always required. Industrial truck and tractor operators averaged $32,660 per year in 2013, the BLS reports. Employment in the field is expected to increase 1 percent from 2012 to 2022. Technological advances in conveyor systems and robotics will limit jobs in this field.

Laboratory Technologist

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Laboratory technologists use computers and lab equipment such as microscopes and cell counters to analyze blood, urine and body tissues. They can then determine whether cells or tissues are normal or show traces of certain diseases. Laboratory technologists also log their results, keep records of patients and discuss findings with physicians. The job does not require a lot of interaction with others, so people skills are not among the main requirements. The minimum educational requirement for this job is a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences -- biology and physiology, for example. Average salaries were $59,460 in 2013, the BLS reports. The number of jobs is expected to climb 14 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS. Population increases among the elderly will increase demand jobs for medical laboratory technologists, as the elderly are expected to need more diagnostic treatments for diabetes and cancer.