13 jobs you should avoid if you need your personal space

dentist practice


Some people really need their space.

Some people don't mind feeling crowded. Others really need their personal space.

The latter group should consider avoiding jobs that require workers to get too close for comfort with other people.Advertisement

We checked out 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 that place an emphasis on physical proximity.

O*NET ranks occupations based on "the extent the job requires the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people," assigning each a "physical proximity importance level" between 1 and 100, where a higher score indicates more physical proximity is required. It also breaks down each occupation's projected growth from 2014 to 2024.

These jobs all require people to work in close physical proximity with others. If you crave your personal space, you should probably steer clear: