12 Jobs For Introverts That Require Almost No Social Interaction

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Have you ever thought to yourself, If only I could pay my rent without having to talk to a single other human all day? Do you hate trying to please terrible customers? Would you like to avoid sitting in any more meetings-that-should-have-been-emails? 

I have good news for you: There ARE jobs where you hardly have to talk to anyone. Like, at all. Here are 12 jobs for introverts that will give you plenty of time to be in your own head.

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1. Chef

Unlike jobs at the other end of the restaurant world, back-of-house jobs are ideal for loner types. Cooks hang out in the kitchen, do their jobs, and go home. It's a tiring job, but at least you don't have to talk to people!

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2. Lab Technician

Whether you work in a medical lab, science lab or another kind, one thing is certain: You won't have to make much idle chit-chat.

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3. Transcriptionist

Transcription is a job that you can usually do remotely on your own hours, and if you go into medical transcription you can make some steady pay. The best part? You listen to other people speak all day and you don't have to respond.

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4. Graphic Designer

Graphic designers have one of the coolest jobs ever. They have creative freedom AND a useful, marketable skill. Plus, you can get away with working wherever you want, with minimal in-person communication.

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5. Writer

Yes, you can make a living as a writer. In this job, you can go so long without talking to people that sometimes you actually feel desperate for some small talk — I know, it sounds impossible.

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6. Developer

Consider becoming a web developer or software developer. You can make awesome stuff, make a boatload of money (so I hear), and stay inside your own head all day.

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7. Artist / Illustrator

The creative introvert's dream career! Time to open that Etsy store or start your own website so you can start spending all of your days in a feverish daydream. 

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8. Mechanic

If you like solving problems and don't mind getting a little grease on your hands, you could become the coolest lady mechanic at the garage. Fixing cars requires no witty banter.

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9. Truck Driver

Did you know that there's a shortage of truck drivers? Some folks may get lonely with all those hours out on the road, but for others, well, all that quiet might just be a welcome relief.

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10. Farmer

Farming is one of the most meditative jobs that there is. You may or may not be working alongside other people, but you'll usually be working too hard to have any energy left over for chatting!

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KIM WONG-SHING

Kim Wong-Shing is a writer, lipstick junkie, and plant mama in New Orleans. She grew up in Philadelphia and went to Brown University. Absent any real hobbies, she has developed a great deal of enthusiasm for highly specific things, such as foxes, moss, and the ending of "Karma Police." Connect with her on Instagram.

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