Some people thrive at mixers, cocktail parties and networking events -- other people dread them with every fiber of their being. The good news is, not every job requires a lot of wining, dining and hand shaking to get your foot in the door, and to thrive in the work environment.
When you’re looking for a job that doesn’t require you to beat the street to get that next great gig, one way to go about it is to look for the jobs with the most promising future -- because with that comes job security and a lot less need to constantly be shopping around for jobs.
While every job is going to require you to send out resumes, connect with references and attend a job interview -- all forms of networking -- some will require less effort, and less human interaction than others.
When it comes to job security, a decent salary and the promise of lots of job growth, nurses rank high on the list. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for registered nurses are expected to grow by 19.4 percent through 2022. While you’ll have to spend your days working closely with patients, you won’t have to go far to find companies willing to hire you, and you’ll earn a median income of about $65,470 as of 2012.
Some medical secretaries spend their days setting appointments and checking in patients -- but others do a majority of their work behind the scenes, handling billing and organizing paperwork. Another big plus: the job growth is expected to be huge, at 36 percent through 2022.
When you’d rather be working with numbers than working in the company of other people, a job as a financial analyst might be for you. Spend your days writing financial reports, analyzing data and earning a median income of about $91,620 as of May 2013, all while enjoying a healthy job growth of 16 percent through 2022.
Medical assistant jobs are also focused on patient care, but the job prospects are so good that you won’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about finding a new position. Jobs for medical assistants are expected to grow by 29 percent through 2022, according to BLS, with a median pay of $29,370.
Over the din of loud construction machines or constant hammering and drilling, you won’t have to spend much time talking to your co-workers, let alone networking to get construction worker jobs. Jobs for construction laborers are expected to grow by about 24.2 percent through 2022, with a median income of $29,990.
Home Health Aides
In home health aide jobs, you’ll spend your days taking care of the needs of elderly or sick patients in their homes. That will mean plenty of one-on-one time, but it’s not going to involve much interaction with others. Networking for new jobs is not a huge requirement either -- home health aide jobs are expected to grow by 48.5 percent through 2022. The median pay is about $20,820, but it doesn’t require any prior education or training.
Freelance writers do have to spend time seeking out the next writing gig, but because so much of it is done online, they don’t necessarily have to attend networking events to drum up new business. As an author writing novels, you’ll probably spend even less time networking -- that is, until you go on a book tour and have to meet your loyal fans. Authors and writers earned a median income of $69,250 as of May 2013, according to BLS.
Another behind-the-scenes job is that of a Web developer who writes designs and builds websites. If you have your own web development business, you’ll have to do some networking to gain new clients, but if you work for a larger company, you’ll spend your days at your computer. Developers earned a median income of $67,540 as of May 2013.
Bookkeepers work for businesses, helping them reconcile accounts and get their bills paid on time. As another number-crunching job, it’s not one that requires a lot of human interaction. According to BLS, job growth will be steady, and the median wage was $37,250 as of May 2013.
While this job does require getting to know a client’s needs, it’s one that also involves spending a lot of time in front of your computer, creating websites, logos, advertisements and more. Work for a larger company instead of having your own business and the amount of networking you’ll do is minimal.
These are the top 10 best jobs ideally for people who hate networking. Which one(s) best match your profile and character?