• Shy people can thrive in certain occupations and work environments.
• Business Insider scoured Occupational Information Network (O*NET to find out what jobs are a great fit for shy people.
• Many of the jobs we found are in the field of science.
Shy people are often at risk of getting shouted over and ignored in certain office settings, regardless of how talented and competent they are.
But that doesn’t mean that reserved, quiet employees always have to be relegated to workplace wallflowers.
Some occupations actually seem tailor-made for the shyer individuals among us.
Business Insider reviewed 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 with a median annual salary of over $75,000 that do not require much social interaction.
O*NET ranks how important “preferring work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job” is in any job, assigning each a “social orientation importance level” between 1 and 100.
Here are 25 high-paying positions with a social orientation importance level of 40 or lower:
Molecular and cellular biologists
Median salary: $75,150
Social orientation importance level: 32
Molecular and cellular biologists study the nature and use of areas of the Earth’s surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena.
Network and computer systems administrators
Median salary: $77,810
Social orientation importance level: 39
Network and computer systems administrators install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network, wide area network, and Internet systems or a segment of a network system.
Biochemists and biophysicists
Median salary: $82,150
Social orientation importance level: 25
Biochemists and biophysicist study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.