The 15 Best Jobs For People Who Aren't Good At Communicating

Just because you're awkward doesn't mean you don't deserve a job

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By Andy Kiersz

Not everyone is a people person, so we wanted to find the best jobs for people who prefer to avoid frequent communication.

To rank these jobs, we used data from O*NET Online, a U.S. Department of Labor database with information on hundreds of jobs.

O*NET gives scores between zero and 100 to occupations for a range of characteristics, based on surveys of employees in those jobs and input from professional job analysts.

We took O*NET's measures of the importance of four communication skills: communicating with people inside the organization, communicating with people outside the organization, writing, and public speaking, and averaged together the scores for each job. Jobs were ranked better if that average score was lower.

We also factored in the 2013 median annual earnings for each job from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. By combining the earnings rank and communication scores, we were able to identify high-paying jobs that don't require a lot of communication.

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I think this article misses the mark entirely. Maybe the title should be "15 Jobs that don't require skills in public speaking", because almost all the jobs on this list require communication skills with co-workers and customers/patients.

May 14 2014 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Especially true for any who are so hard of hearing that even a hearing aid cannot help.
Finding a good paying job with that kind of handicap is almost non existent. :(

May 18 2014 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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