5 College Majors for Shy People


There are many college degree options for those who do not like being the center of attention at work (photo courtesy of on flickr).

Does the thought of speaking in front of a large group of people make you nervous? And would you prefer to avoid the drama associated with office politics? There are numerous situations that can be avoided based on the type of career goal one selects. If the aforementioned scenarios are not of interest to you, you may be able to bypass some of these situations by selecting a college major that works well for shy individuals.


Legal assistants and paralegals are responsible for a variety of tasks (including research) that assist lawyers in acquiring the information necessary for filings, court appointments, and drafting documentation. The position can be found in law firms, corporate legal departments, or government offices.

Work Environment: Offices and law libraries. Travel may also be required to complete other tasks or visit clients.

Entry-level education: Associate’s Degree

Median Pay in 2010: $22.44 per hour


Accountants are responsible for preparing and examining financial records for individuals and businesses. Their role within an organization helps to ensure it runs efficiently and all financial records are accurate.

Work Environment: In an office setting, although many work from home. If an auditor, travel may be required as well.

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s Degree

Median Pay in 2010: $29.66 per hour

Health Information Technician

Health Information Technicians are responsible for managing and organizing healthcare data by reviewing it for accuracy, accessibility, and security. Some positions could require the technician to also be responsible for the proper coding of medical procedures on documentation to be submitted to insurance companies. Most positions can be found in hospitals or physicians’ offices.

Work Environment: In an office, usually in front of the computer for long hours each day

Entry-level education: Certificate or Associate’s Degree

Median Pay in 2010: $15.55 per hour

Network and System Administration

Network administrators are responsible or the day-to-day operation of an organization’s computer network. Typical duties could include organizing, installing, and supporting the Local area network, wireless area network, network segments and other communication systems.

Work Environment: There are a variety of organizations and businesses that could employ network administrators based on the size and need of a company: hospitals, banks, schools, government agencies, etc.

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s Degree

Median Pay in 2010: $33.25 per hour

Graphic Design

Graphic Designers create visual concepts either by hand or through the use of computer software. Responsible for making an organization or business recognizable by customers, graphic designers can work with advertising departments, promotional personnel, or alone.

Work Environment: Specialized studios or by telecommuting

Entry-level education: Bachelor’s Degree

Median Pay in 2010: $20.92 per hour 

Obviously, this is not an all-inclusive list; and, just because a position is fit for someone who is shy, presentations and meetings will probably be required to discuss the progress being made on a project or the status of a submitted file. Since every position and every company is different, research prior to applying for a degree program and employment opportunity is always suggested.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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