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My Economist & Mathematician friends may not want to read this!

i_want_to_be_aloneThe headline in this Business Insider article is “The best jobs for people who hate people” and, in the list of the top 18 jobs, are Economist and Mathematician. The article says the people in these (and the other 16) roles aren’t necessarily standoffish but the roles require “minimal good-natured interaction with others”.

Apparently, the results are averaged from a US Department of Labor database so I fully expect my Economist and, particularly, Mathematician friends will want to examine the data for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

I recently wrote about the skills organisations are looking for as they transform themselves in an increasingly digital world. The organisations leading the digital revolution are now looking for “Pi-shaped people” (Pi, as in 3.14159…).

Pi-shaped people have a broad set of business skills and one deep technical skill, but their other deep skillset is in digital. They may be great at analytics, data handling, using a CMS, coding or other social media skills. They can combine all three skill sets to help an organisation transform digitally. I’d like to think that many of my Economist and Mathematician friends are Pi-shaped; they have great cross-business and people skills, plus a combination of technical and digital skills.

The full list of roles “for people who hate people” is:

  • Foundry mold and coremakers
  • Watch repairers
  • Quarry rock splitters
  • Agricultural equipment operators
  • Mathematicians
  • Economists
  • Potters
  • Transportation-equipment painters
  • Forging-machine setters, operators, and tenders
  • Fallers (lumberjacks)
  • Hand-grinding and polishing workers
  • Geological sample-test technicians
  • Molding, core making, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders
  • Garment or textile pressers
  • Craft artists
  • Poets, lyricists, and creative writers
  • Farmworkers and crop laborers
  • Hunters and trappers
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