11 jobs to avoid if you prefer to work alone

Áine Cain

We can't all be social butterflies.

In fact, some people thrive in solitude.

That's why people who prefer to work alone — or mostly alone, at least — ought to be careful about what occupations they set out to take.

We checked out the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' website to find positions that place an emphasis on interacting and socializing with others.

O*NET ranks how important "providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email, or in person" is in any job, assigning each a "communicating with supervisors, peers, or subordinates importance level" between 1 and 100, where a higher score indicates more communication skills are required.

Here are 11 positions with a communication importance level of 93 or higher, indicating they aren't ideal for people who prefer to work alone:

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