19 jobs to avoid if you hate people

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As it happens, we can’t all, in fact, just get along – which can be bad news when you’re looking for a job.

Some gigs require more social skills than others, and if you fall too far outside the realm of “a people-person,” you’d be well-advised to simply avoid them.

To find these jobs, we averaged data from the Occupational Information Network, or O*NET, a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on 974 occupations.

O*NET rates each occupation on a scale from zero to 100 on how much a job requires workers to be in contact with others and how much a job requires workers to be pleasant with others. We averaged these ratings to find which jobs had the highest overall score.

Here are 19 jobs to avoid if good-natured interaction with others just isn’t in your wheelhouse:


Registered nurses

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Flickr / COD Newsroom

Average sociability score: 95

They assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.


Physical therapist aides

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The I-News Network1

Average sociability score: 95

They often clean and set up the physical therapy treatment area, move patients, and perform clerical duties.


Financial services sales agents

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Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design/flickr

Average sociability score: 95

They sell financial services like loan, tax, and securities counseling to customers of financial institutions and business establishments.


Patient representatives

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kurhan/Shutterstock

Average sociability score: 95

They assist patients in obtaining services, understanding policies, and making health care decisions.


Elementary and secondary school education administrators

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DNAinfo/Paul Biasco

Average sociability score: 95.5

They plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.


Elementary and middle school teachers

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Average sociability score: 95.5

They teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the elementary, middle, intermediate, or junior high level.


Sports medicine physicians

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Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Average sociability score: 95.5

They diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.


Radiation therapists

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Average sociability score: 95.5

They operate machines called linear accelerators, which are used to deliver radiation therapy.


Dental Assistants

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Boston Globe/Contributor/Getty Images

Average sociability score: 95.5

They perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to record-keeping and scheduling appointments.


Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers

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Rafi Letzter/Business Insider

Average sociability score: 95.5

They care for the animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.


Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

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Getty

Average sociability score: 95.5

They provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.


Athletes and sports competitors

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Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Average sociability score: 96

They participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.


Spa managers

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Shortcuts Smarter Business Technology/Flickr

Average sociability score: 96

They plan, direct, or coordinate activities of a spa facility, coordinate programs, schedule and direct staff, and oversee financial activities.


Child, family, and school social workers

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Shutterstock

Average sociability score: 96.5

They provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children.


Respiratory Therapists

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Medill DC/flickr

Average sociability score: 96.5

They care for patients who have trouble breathing-for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.


Ophthalmic medical technicians

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Official U.S. Navy Page/flickr

Average sociability score: 96.5

They may administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.


Slot Supervisors

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Thomson Reuters

Average sociability score: 96.5

They handle and settle complaints of players and verify and pay off jackpots.


Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

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Joshua Lott/Getty images

Average sociability score: 96.5

They make and confirm reservations for transportation or lodging, or sell transportation tickets.


Kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers

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Shutterstock

Average sociability score: 97.5

They teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students.