What are some antisocial jobs?

1. Jul 21, 2006

heartless

I'm wondering what are some jobs tha don't require you to be good at communication with people, good at social skills, and where you don't have to meet groups of people everyday, but just simply work alone, and at the same time you need knowledge of either physics, pure math, or computer science?
One of them is programming, many people work in house, and just sometimes do some social gatherings to discuss new projects, etc.
Do you know any others?

2. Jul 21, 2006

Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
You could do freelance research but not sure if there would be any call for that. I'm currently working on my own projects in the hope I'll get a scholarship from somewhere that will let me pursue my own interests rather than looking for one that is similar. Seeing as I do not get paid its not really a job though. I would prefer to work from home doing research and being paid but perhaps that is not going to happen.

3. Jul 21, 2006

Math Is Hard

Staff Emeritus
dog grooming?

4. Jul 21, 2006

Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Well you'd have to meet people for dog grooming when you hand the mutt over. Were it not for the meeting people criteria I'd have said referee.

5. Jul 21, 2006

Rach3

Professor of mathematics.

6. Jul 21, 2006

Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Dog grooming - while some might mock it - is a complex topological problem, typified by the Hairy Ball Theorem.

http://www-xray.ast.cam.ac.uk/~jgraham/hypo/h12/topology.html

Ask Rose. She's spent countless hours drinking tea out of a donut.

7. Jul 21, 2006

3trQN

Is the hairy ball theorem related to the distribution of electric field about a point charge like kinda stuff?

Shouldnt that be " Every polynomial with at least one complex coefficient and of degree greater than one, has at least 1 complex root ", the fundamental theorem of algebra? (just curious)

8. Jul 21, 2006

Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Yes, it can be applied to fields from different charge distributions.

Yeah, it looks like a loose - but really, a polynomial of degree 0 is hardly a polynomial, so it's not really that bad - rewording of the fundamental theorem.

PS: Note that polynomials of degree 1 must have a root as well, so you're missing an "or equal to" in your statement.

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9. Jul 21, 2006

3trQN

Yeah, wasnt trying to be pedantic, just accurate for my own understanding. Thanks Gokul.

10. Jul 21, 2006

desA

The Hairy Ball Theorem seems to be fatally flawed. It would be possible to design a static brush that would set (brush) the hairs in such a way that they stand normal to the surface. No singular point then exists. All in the eye of the beholder.

11. Jul 21, 2006

Staff: Mentor

There's a difference between antisocial and nonsocial jobs. Which are you most interested in? Nonsocial jobs would be isolated research positions (observing polar bears in the Arctic, etc.). Antisocial jobs would be positions where you get to insult and belittle folks for fun (<insert-your-favorite-here>).

12. Jul 21, 2006

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Shepherd.

You need a good grasp of how levers work to appropriately use the shepherd's crook to catch the sheep, and being able to count them is essential too...math doesn't get any more pure than that.

Okay, more seriously, are you looking for something that requires NO interaction with other people, or just keeping it to a minimum? For example, an architect has to deal with clients, but once the client meeting is over, most of the real work can be done solo.

13. Jul 21, 2006

Staff: Mentor

-- DMV desk worker
-- DMV driving examiner
-- Drill Instructor in the military
-- Police Interrogation Specialist
-- Military Interrogation Specialist
-- Lawyer (hey, there you go, plus it's a Lawyer joke!)
-- etc.

14. Jul 21, 2006

GCT

Very interesting Gokul

....professor of mathematics definitely qualifies for the op's description, if you can spend all day and night in one room and contribute to scientific discoveries, then it qualifies as prosocial behavior. However, depending on the actual talent, one will need to teach and interact intimately if this is the sole option of earning an income.

Among scientists, there are usually three types of individuals, those that enjoy the interaction, those that simply need to job stability, and those that are truly interested in the research, among this latter group some will contribute through team research, and there are many examples of eminent scientists and mathematicians who were recluses while having spent the better part of their life in one domain while being considered by many standard texts as the most important individuals that have ever lived.

However, if you just want to work by yourself and earn a living at the same time, that you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how a society survives and is maintained. Also, it's somewhat of a strange motivation

15. Jul 21, 2006

3trQN

You mean like a static charge brush? A Vandergraph generator?

16. Jul 21, 2006

desA

Exactly...

17. Jul 21, 2006

Rach3

Why don't you go and look up what the theorem actually says, before presuming to declare it wrong?

18. Jul 21, 2006

Cyrus

:rofl: I've always said you ask some weird ass questions sometimes...:tongue2:

19. Jul 21, 2006

Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
Perhaps you missed the winking smilie?

20. Jul 21, 2006

Rach3

Of course not, the sarcasm was obvious. Very amusing.

Incidentally, $$\int_1^{\infty} x^{-2}dx = -1/12$$. ...

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