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.