Business Careers That Don't Deal With People

by Terri Williams

Some people work better by themselves. They may be shy, introverted, temperamental or just prefer the pleasure of their own company. Although all jobs involve some level of human interaction, there are some business careers that require only minimal contact with other people.


Auditors spend most of their time crunching numbers and looking for financial inconsistencies. Although they may have to meet -- or send written reports of their findings -- this represents a small percentage of their time. Usually they work alone as they focus on the organization’s financial operations. The educational requirement to be an auditor is a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These financial wizards earned an annual mean salary of $71,040 in May 2012.

Business Writers

A career as a business writer also requires only minimal interaction with other people. Business writers may work for newspapers, magazines, websites or other media outlets. Though they have to communicate with their editors, they spend most of their time performing research and writing articles and other business material. While the BLS states that writers generally have a degree in English or communications, business graduates with good writing skills are prime candidates for business writers. As of May 2012, writers could expect an annual mean salary of $68,420.

Budget Analysts

Budget analysts monitor spending and prepare budget reports. They spend a small amount of time working with an organization’s managers to develop the company’s budget and explain their recommendations. However, according to the BLS, budget analysts spend the majority of their time working independently to compile and analyze data and prepare reports. Budget analysts usually need a bachelor’s degree in a variety of majors including accounting, finance or business, in addition to political science or sociology. Budget analysts earned an annual mean salary of $72,100 in May 2012.

Business Owner

Business owners can set up their company to fit their personal preferences. They can choose to work behind the scenes and hire a virtual staff to deal with customers and vendors. They can also select to run a home business or sell products exclusively via the Internet, communicating by email. According to the BLS, most business owners have a bachelor’s degree in business; however, many business owners are only equipped with sheer determination and drive. As of May 2012, these top executives earned an annual mean salary of $120,060.

About the Author

Terri Williams began writing professionally in 1997, working with a large nonprofit organization. Her articles have appeared in various online publications including Yahoo, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report University Directory, and the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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