25 high-paying jobs that are perfect for shy people

By Áine Cain, Businessinsider

  • 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

Molecular and cellular biologistsDan Kitwood / Getty Images
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.

Fuel cell engineers

Fuel cell engineersREUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Median salary: $83,590
Social orientation importance level: 36
Fuel cell engineers design, evaluate, modify, or construct fuel cell components or systems for transportation, stationary, or portable applications.

Web administrators

Web administratorsMaya Alleruzzo/AP
Median salary: $85,240
Social orientation importance level: 32
Web administrators manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. They perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

Biomedical engineers

Median salary: $86,220
Social orientation importance level: 33
Biomedical engineers apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs and prostheses.

Database architects

Median salary: $86,510
Social orientation importance level: 40
Database architects design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security.

Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

Median salary: $89,700
Social orientation importance level: 36
Geoscientists study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. They may use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems.

Material scientists

Median salary: $91,000
Social orientation importance level: 38
Material scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass.

Materials engineers

Median salary: $91,310
Social orientation importance level: 35
Materials engineers evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. They develop new uses for known materials.

Marine architects

Marine architectsScott Olson/Getty Images
Median salary: $93,350
Social orientation importance level: 40
Marine architects design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys.

Marine engineers

Marine engineersPhil Walter/Getty Images
Median salary: $93,350
Social orientation importance level: 40
Marine engineers design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.

Mechatronics engineers

Median salary: $95,900
Social orientation importance level: 35
Mechatronics research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

Nanosystems engineers

Nanosystems engineersAP/Jeff Chiu
Median salary: $95,900
Social orientation importance level: 39
Nanosystems engineers design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.


Median salary: $97,070
Social orientation importance level: 34
Actuaries analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits.

Microsystems engineers

Median salary: $97,300
Social orientation importance level: 40
Microsystems engineers research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

Photonics engineers

Photonics engineersJustin Sullivan/Getty Images
Median salary: $97,300
Social orientation importance level: 40
Photonics engineers design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.

Applications software developers

Median salary: $98,260
Social orientation importance level: 33
Software developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.


Median salary: $99,180
Social orientation importance level: 35
Economists conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy.

Environmental economists

Median salary: $99,180
Social orientation importance level: 33
Environmental economists conduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources.


Median salary: $104,100
Social orientation importance level: 24
Astronomers observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.


Median salary: $111,110
Social orientation importance level: 32
Mathematicians conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields.


Median salary: $111,580
Social orientation importance level: 37
Physicists conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

Computer hardware engineers

Computer hardware engineersREUTERS/Kacper Pempel
Median salary: $111,730
Social orientation importance level: 21
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Water resource specialists

Median salary: $119,850
Social orientation importance level: 40
Water resource specialists design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.



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