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.

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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

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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.

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