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Top Ten Jobs for People with OCD

Career Ideas | June 11, 2013


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Obsessive-compulsive disorder can wreak havoc on career goals. But if OCD is part of your personality, it just means that you need to find the right career fit (like everyone else). Jobs that use your great attention to detail and your ability to work on your own without feeling isolated can be good choices.

Check out these ten career choices to start brainstorming ideas:

1. Artist
If you enjoy threading beads into jewelry, welding, or spending your afternoons painting beach scenes, your focus for small details can help you earn a paycheck. Plus, your flexible schedule will help if you need a mental health break.

2. Accountant
Use your number-crunching skills and earn an income at the same time by calculating income and expenses for individuals and companies. This job often lets you work for long, uninterrupted hours, without having to come in contact with many people.

3. Computer Software Engineer
Write code and test your software designs. This job capitalizes on your attention to the little details and you can check and recheck work while keeping the stress level low. Plus, if you’ve got a flexible boss, parts of this job can be done from home.

4. CNC Operator
In the controlled environment of a factory floor, you must follow highly-structured steps to run machines that punch holes, solder materials, and cut out metal forms. This job doesn’t leave any room to stress about grey areas or uncertainties.

5. Nature Photographer
It’s just you and the animals. Spend your days (or nights) in the jungle, savannah, or mountains, working to get a sneak peak of elusive creatures. Once you’ve snapped the photo, you’ll spend more solitary time back at your computer or photo lab to make each picture perfect.

6. Data Entry Clerk
This job is sometimes done from home, but even if you work in an office, you’re one of a handful of office staff buried in the backroom. Put in the earbuds and plug away, entering medical files, insurance claims, or other database information. While you need to have a good attention to dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s, this should be a low-anxiety job.

7. Interior Designer
As an Interior Designer, your main objective is create the look, feel, and style of inside spaces. While finding and interacting with clients can take a lot of effort, the job of designing can be low-stress, peaceful, and energizing. Your attention to detail will also shine in this career path.

8. Librarian
If you have a passion for books and a knack for organization, consider working at a school, university, or public library. Personal interactions are relaxed and quite as you guide library patrons who are doing research or looking for the latest best-seller.

9. Dietitian
Using your expertise on healthy meals, you steer others toward the best nutritional choices and whole new worlds of flavor. Not only do you get to help others, according to a 2012 survey, Dietitian is one of the all-time least stressful jobs.

10. Analyst
This job is another great career choice for a number lover. Gather and analyze large quantities of information, and condense it into usable chunks for the rest of us to use. This job gives you lots of rules and regulations to keep your work focused and reduce any anxiety.