(Last Updated On: 02/06/2017)

Jobs for People Who Hate People

To put it nicely, some people just don’t enjoy working with other people. And truth be told, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all have different likes and dislikes, and when it comes to finding happiness at work, everyone has to come to terms with what will make them happy.

If you’re the type of person who just doesn’t like to work with others, the good news is that there are many occupations out there for people who want work on their own.

Below, we’ve created a list of ten occupations that can be great for people who hate working with other people. Now, if you’re an extrovert who thrives on human interaction and for some reason you find yourself reading this article, don’t be offended if you see your career on the list. Were not saying that all people with these jobs hate people, only that they can be good choices for those who do.

1. Medical Transcriptionist

Many medical transcriptionists work from home, working for a company who sells transcription services to healthcare companies. Transcriptionists receive dictations over the internet, and convert them into written form. The work requires very little social interaction, which is perfect if you really just cant stand working around other people.

2. Actuary

Actuaries are essentially a type of statistician responsible for determining the probability that a specific event will occur. For example, many actuaries work for insurance companies, where they might calculate the probability that they will have to pay a customer for damages to their home. Once they know the probability, the company is able to determine the premium the customer should pay. This job requires a lot of time spent working alone, which people who hate people will enjoy.

3. Court Reporter

Court reporters create transcriptions of court trials and legal proceedings. The transcripts they create are incredibly important, as they serve as permanent records for judges and lawyers who need to reference court proceedings. Even though court reporters are around people all day, they rarely have to interact with them. In fact, this is one of a few jobs where you can probably get away with not speaking more than a words all day if you choose.

4. Data Entry Keyer

Data entry keyers take written documents like sales reports, bills, or customer information, and enter it into a computer system. They spend most (if not all) of their time working alone in front a computer, and there is rarely any need for them to interact with others. Some data entry keyers are even able to telecommute, removing any need for them to so much as look at another human being for most of their days. The work can be repetitive and boring at times, but if avoiding contact with other people is your number one goal, working as a data keyer might be right for you.

5. Software Developer

Writing software can be a solitary occupation. Its true that software developers do have to attend meetings, work out problems with their peers, and interact regularly with product managers, but they are also able to spend a significant amount of their time working alone. If you love to solve problems and want a career that will always bring new challenges, this could be a good choice.

6. Artist

Depending on the type of work that they do, artists are often able to spend a lot of their time working alone. That doesn’t mean that they’re cut off from society completely, though. Even artists who work on commission still need to meet with clients, and most will need to promote the sale of their art at some point. However, artists can easily spend days at a time working in solitude if that’s what they choose to do, making this one of the best occupations for people who want to work alone.

7. Budget Analyst

Budget analysts help businesses spend their money in effective ways. Some of their time is spent meeting with executives or management, but a lot of it is spent crunching numbers and working with spreadsheets. At times, the hours can be long and the work can be lonely. Some people struggle with the solitude, but for those who like to work on their own, it can be a great occupation.

8. Housekeeper

If you want to work in the hospitality industry but don’t want to work with people, then becoming a housekeeper could be a good choice for you. Sure, the work can be a little gross at times, and you will have to be friendly to hotel guests as you encounter them, but the majority of the work that housekeepers do can be done alone.

9. Truck Driver

Truck drivers spend huge amounts of their time on their own. Long-haul truckers may spend days at a time with nothing but their thoughts and the road. Extroverts may find it a lonely existence, but if you want to work alone and see the country while you do it, working as a truck driver can be an extremely rewarding job.

10. Accountant

Its true: Accountants do have to spend some of their time meeting with clients, but they also get to spend a lot of their time working alone, neck deep in spreadsheets and tax forms. This can be a great occupation for people who like to spend a lot of time working alone, but also need a little bit of human interaction to level out their day.

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Adil Khan
Adil Khan is freelance writer and a Computer Engineer by profession. He started writing articles for CareerThoughts.com in 2016. He writes a opinion column for a local newspaper. He is yet to join Twitter!


  1. Hi there Adil,
    Thanks for the interesting suggestions. I have to take issue with the inclusion of “Housekeeper” though. I currently work as a commercial cleaner – the equivalent of a housekeeper in an office tower. I went into this kind of work 10 years ago hoping to escape from people. Sadly, it’s not the solitary, introvert-friendly job i hoped for at all. There’s people everywhere, all around me at work! From the obnoxious, shouty office worker who barges into the kitchen I’m cleaning, walking over my mop bucket, to wash her novelty coffee mug and mess up the sink I’ve just wiped, to the drunken corporates who hang around after 5:30pm to network and talk themselves up to each other, banging on about how they’re such incredibly superior human beings to every one else, all the while completely trashing everything I’ve just cleaned, truly hideous people are constantly present, in large numbers, at my workplace, every day… And my workplace is a mix of government and private offices that aren’t generally accessible to the public… I don’t think it’s all that different for housekeepers or other janitorial staff either. If I’m under siege from people while I’m cleaning in private offices, imagine what it’s like for housekeepers employed in larger family homes, hotels, schools and shopping malls! It might be a good idea to take “housekeeper” off the list of job ideas for introverts. It’s turned out nightmarishly for this introvert, that’s for sure. Otherwise, enjoyed your blog and have now got some thoughts as to what jobs i might try for next. Thanks for the ideas! Well done 🙂