Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health problems in the United States. According the ADAA, 40 million adults suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Of those 40 million, 15 million suffer from social anxiety disorder. Does that mean those with social anxiety disorder can’t excel at starting a business or a career? Absolutely not! We’ll show you the best jobs for people with anxiety disorder.
Just a quick note – social anxiety disorder doesn’t prevent you from being as successful as the “fortunate” who don’t suffer from it. Presidents, successful businessman, athletes as well as celebrities have suffered from anxiety disorders. Don’t let it hold you back!
Here are 12 good jobs for people with social anxiety disorders:
There is a high demand for this field and an excellent job for someone with social anxiety disorder.
Most hours are spent in front of a computer writing and editing code and the pay is not bad either. There are tons of schools which focus solely on coding and within a year you can learn this skills which is in high demand.
Average Salary: $66,238
Writing is of course another excellent career choice for people with social anxiety disorder as most time will be spent researching and writing. You can choose to freelance from home or work for a company.
Average Salary: $48,492
Have you ever wanted to start a business?
Being an entrepreneur allows you the freedom to build a business where a lot of human interaction isn’t required.
Starting a blog, setting up an eCommerce website or even selling on Ebay and Amazon can be very lucrative. It does take some patience but it can really pay off if done right.
You can also always hire other people to deal with tasks you may not want to deal with such as sales and customer support.
This is another excellent opportunity and one that is in demand. Graphic designers, like web developers, usually spend most hours working alone with little social interaction.
You do need to have an eye for good design along with knowledge of different design programs. Many universities and vocational schools offer graphic design programs ranging from 10 weeks to 4 years.
Average Salary: $51,360
This is another position that’s great for people with SAD. Although there is usually a need to communicate with others, it’s often minimal. Many choose to work a night shift where there aren’t many people coming in and out.
The pay isn’t as high as some other jobs on this list but it’s an excellent choice for someone wanting to gain employment fast without a degree.
Average Salary: $29,533
An accountant is tasked with analyzing and preparing financial statements. This position often requires little human interaction as most hours are spent working alone. This is a good choice for someone with SAD and the pay is not too bad either.
For most accounting firms a minimum of a bachelor’s in accounting is required.
Average Salary: $49,171
Whether it’s working on cars, aircraft or any other machinery, mechanics don’t have to interact with others much and the pay isn’t too terrible either.
Many vocational schools offer accelerated programs where you can learn the skills in as little as 6-months. You will need a couple of years of on the job training as well to really master the trade.
Average Salary: $36,818
An X-Ray technologist arranges patients for radiological examinations and produces radiographs (x-rays) to aid in the diagnosis of medical problems. Prevents patient from being exposed to unnecessary radiation.
This is also an excellent choice for someone with SAD as little social interaction is required.
To become a X- Ray technologist an associate’s degree from an accredited program is required.
Registration as a technologist by the A.R.R.T is also required.
Average Salary: $52,318
These trades are really excellent for anyone who likes to work with their hands and tools. It’s also really suitable for those with SAD as they require little social interaction.
The pay is also pretty good for these positions and you don’t really need a degree to get started. If you’re serious about advancing and increasing your earning potential, then a 2 – year degree and a license may be necessary.
A paralegal is another good option for those who want to work without too much human interaction.
Most of your time will be spent alone conducting legal research, gathering information and drafting legal documents.
Most positions require an associates degree. Getting certified through the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (ESAPA) is also a plus.
Don’t let social anxiety get in the way of something you really want to do. If there is a certain career or industry you have in mind that requires social interaction, just go for it.
It may be a bit uncomfortable at first but it will get easier as you adjust.
We’ve mentioned this before and we’ll mention it again – having social anxiety doesn’t prevent you from having a successful career. Keep in mind that there have been many highly successful politicians, businessmen, celebrities and athletes with SAD.
Don’t pick a career that will isolate you completely from the outside world. You may not want to be the center of attention but being around people often will boost your confidence in social environments.
Interviewing may be one of the most stressful components in the job search process for someone with SAD. The good news is that if you prepare properly, you’ll nail the interview no matter how anxious you may be.
Check out this article for tips on handling interview anxiety.
Networking is the best way to land a job today. For someone with social anxiety, this may be a bit challenging. Don’t be afraid to reach out to some of your friends, family members and colleagues and let them know you’re looking for a job. You’d be surprised at how many people will be willing to help you out.
Having a well written resume is the first step for a successful job search. Most companies also use a resume screening software called an ATS so you need to ensure your resume is formatted correctly and keyword optimized to get past these systems. You can check out our article on how to get your resume past an applicant tracking system.
These are just some of the suitable jobs for people with anxiety. There are many other career opportunities that are available. Don’t be afraid to do something that you love even if it may put you out of your comfort zone.
Good luck with your job search!