Login

Jobs for Lonely People

The best way to combat loneliness is to get around other people and interact with them. We discuss a handful of the many jobs that could bring joy and fulfillment to those who are lonely.

View popular schools

Career Options for Lonely People

People who are lonely may enjoy and gain satisfaction from an occupation that allows them to interact with and/or help people on a regular basis. There are many career options across various fields that could provide adequate social interaction for lonely people. Here, we compiled a list of just a few of the possible jobs for lonely people.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Childcare Workers $21,170 5%
Home Health Aides $22,600 38%
Elementary School Teachers $55,800 6%
Social Workers $46,890 12%
Recreation Workers $23,870 10%
Coaches and Scouts $31,460 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Career Information for Jobs for Lonely People

Childcare Workers

People who enjoy being around children may like a job as a childcare worker. Those who are lonely may find fulfillment and enjoy the social interactions that children provide. Childcare workers take care of children while their parents and families are unavailable by providing predictable schedules, feeding, helping older children with homework and organizing age-appropriate activities. Childcare workers stay in close contact with parents to let them know of any developmental issues they notice or incidents that occur throughout the day. The education requirements for a childcare worker vary by state and employer. Some childcare workers don't need any education while some need certification in the field.

Home Health Aides

Home health aides serve the elderly, disabled or those with chronic conditions by helping them perform daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, laundry or even bathing and dressing. Lonely people may benefit from the daily social interactions with their clients, as well as form friendships with those that they serve. Other job duties may include providing their clients with transportation, scheduling appointments, administering medication and checking vital signs if they are qualified to do so. Home health aides usually have a high school diploma, and some employers may require formal training and standardized testing.

Elementary School Teachers

Lonely people may like teaching children at the elementary level because of the interaction. Elementary teachers create lesson plans, grade assignments, teach students basic social skills and help students overcome personal learning challenges. They also teach subjects, like math and reading, and update parents on student's progress. These professionals need a bachelor's degree, and also need a license or certification to teach in public schools.

Social Workers

Social work is another position that would provide a lonely person with ample social interactions and a rewarding career as they help various people solve problems in their lives. They may specialize in working with different populations, such as children and families or those in the healthcare system, to provide help and services. Social workers begin by evaluating a client's needs and helping them adjust to new and/or hard changes in their lives, and then refer them to community services that could meet their needs. They also follow up with their clients to ensure that their situation has improved. Social workers must hold at least a bachelor's degree, but clinical social workers need a master's degree, experience and a license.

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers organize and lead a wide variety of recreational activities at parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, senior centers, camps and more. Lonely people may enjoy working with different groups of people as they teach activities like sports, music, arts and crafts, drama, aquatics and more. Recreation workers also explain the rules and techniques of the activity and ensure the safety of all the participants. Training for these workers varies by employer, but most recreation workers need at least a high school diploma.

Coaches and Scouts

A job as a coach or a scout may help a lonely person feel like they are part of a team as they interact with various athletes to reach a common goal. Coaches are responsible for teaching athletes the rules and techniques of a particular sport, as well as developing a team strategy and running practices. Scouts may not have as much social interaction as coaches, but still communicate with athletes after carefully observing and evaluating them, to try and convince the athlete to play for their particular school or team. Coaches and scouts typically have a bachelor's degree, and even though they do not have to have personal experience playing the sport they work in, they must have extensive knowledge of the game.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma of GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
    • Master of Science in Health Informatics
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Finance
    • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
    • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
    • Master of Arts in Economics
    • Master of Public Administration and Policy
    • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
    • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MSN to DNP
    • MSN to DNP in Nurse Practitioner
    • MSN to DNP in Executive Nurse Leader
    • RN to MSN
    • RN to MSN Bridge
    • MSN in Nursing Leadership
    • RN to MSN in Nursing Leadership
    • RN to MSN Bridge in Nursing Leadership
    • MSN in Nurse Educator
    • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Ph.D. in Literacy
    • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
    • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Ph.D in Literacy: Literacy
    • Master of Business Administration in Interdisciplinary Business
    • Master of Business Administration in Taxation
    • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Master of Science in Taxation
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
    • Flexible MBA - Interdisciplinary Business - Campus
    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Government Analytics
    • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
    • MS in Food Safety Regulation
    • Certificate in Science Writing
    • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
    • Post-Master Acute Care Pediatric Certificate - Online

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Dual Master of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law / Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Business Administration - Business Process Innovation
    • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
    • Hybrid Dual Master of Social Work/Master of Education, Human Sexuality Studies
    • Master of Social Work
    • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
    • Master of Business Administration - Finance
    • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
    • Certificate: Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?