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Jobs for People with Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder can make it difficult for people to work jobs that require a lot of social interaction and evaluation of their work. Learn about some of the careers available for those with avoidant personality disorder.

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Career Options for People with Avoidant Personality Disorder

Those with avoidant personality disorder may suffer from self-isolation, low self-esteem and greatly fear rejection or criticism. This may require them to seek careers that require minimum social interactions and allow them to perform activities they enjoy and/or feel confident in doing based on their personal skill set. Here we look at a handful of careers that may meet the needs of people with avoidant personality disorder.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Animal Care and Service Workers $22,230 11%
Editors $57,210 -5% (Decline)
Fine Artists $50,790 3%
Historians $55,110 2%
Grounds Maintenance Workers $26,830 6%
Computer Programmers $79,840 -8% (Decline)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs for People with Avoidant Personality Disorder

Animal Care and Service Workers

A career as an animal care and service worker usually allows a person to work alone and with animals who offer no form of criticism, which may be ideal for a person with avoidant personality disorder. Job titles for these workers include groomers, pet sitters, kennel attendants, animal trainers and more. These workers are usually responsible for the basic care of animals, such as feeding, exercising and grooming them. Animal care and service workers also observe animals for any signs of illness or injury and may need to clean the living spaces of the animals they work with. Most of these workers have a high school diploma and experience with animals, but learn on-the-job.

Editors

Some editors work from home and have minimal social interactions, which may appeal to those with avoidant personality disorder. Those with the disorder may also enjoy editing written works according to the specific rules of the English language with grammar and punctuation, which leaves little room for criticism. Editors may also help writers develop story ideas, check resources for accuracy and approve final drafts for publication. These professionals need at least a bachelor's degree and experience writing and proofreading.

Fine Artists

Although art critics do exist, those with avoidant personality disorder may find it relaxing and therapeutic to express themselves artistically as a fine artist through painting, drawing, sculpting and more. These artists usually have the flexibility to work alone from home or a private studio as they create their pieces to sell or display. Fine artists experiment with different colors, textures, perspectives and techniques to create a well-rounded portfolio that they use to attract clients. Fine artists often need a bachelor's or master's degree in the field.

Historians

Some historians have flexible schedules and work independently while conducting their research, which may be ideal for some with avoidant personality disorder. Historians typically base their findings off of historical documents and other sources pertaining to a particular time period, event or historical figure. Historians with avoidant personality disorder may prefer to publish their work as books or articles instead of presenting their findings to the public through museums and educational programs. Historians usually need at least a master's degree, but jobs exist for those with a bachelor's degree.

Grounds Maintenance Workers

People with avoidant personality disorder who enjoy working hard, being outside and working alone may enjoy a job as a grounds maintenance worker. Although some jobs may require working in small teams, these employees usually work independently to perform activities such as mowing the lawn, trimming bushes or trees, edging sidewalks or weeding landscapes at homes, businesses and other outdoor spaces. Some workers may be trained to plant and care for various plants and trees and on how to monitor them for diseases. These workers are trained on-the-job and may need to earn a license for particular activities, like spraying pesticides.

Computer Programmers

Many computer programmers telecommute from home and the computer codes that they write clearly work or do not, so criticism is minimal which could be ideal for a person with avoidant personality disorder. These programmers create codes for computer applications or programs, test the codes and fix any mistakes as needed. They may also work to update various programs and use code libraries to simplify some of their work. Computer programmers usually have a bachelor's degree, but some may find positions with an associate's degree.

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