17 jobs to avoid if you hate confrontation

PoliceElvert Barnes/flickrHate dealing with conflict? You might want to pass on becoming a police officer.

Do you avoid conflict at all costs? Would you rather look the other way than having to confront someone? If so, you might want to rethink becoming a police officer or lawyer, where you’d spend your days resolving issues and dealing with conflicts head-on.

We combed through data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labour database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, to find 17 professions with a high “conflict resolution” score. We then looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labour Statistics website to see how much each job pays.

O*NET ranks how important “resolving conflicts and negotiating with others” is in any occupation by assigning each a “conflict resolution” score between one and 100. High-scoring jobs like lawyers and social workers involve a lot of conflict resolution, while low-scoring positions, such as software developers and equipment technicians, are relatively conflict-free.

If you’re the type of person who loves resolving issues face-to-face, these professions might be a great fit for you. But if you’d rather not devote your workdays to negotiations and conflict resolution, here are 17 jobs you’re probably better off avoiding:

17. Security manager

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Conflict resolution importance: 83

Average annual salary: $110,210

Security managers direct all of an organisation's security efforts, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

*This is the average annual salary for 'managers, all other,' according to the BLS.

16. Spa manager

Conflict resolution importance: 84

Average annual salary: $38,240

Spa managers plan, direct, and coordinate everything that goes on at a spa facility. Their typical duties include coordinating programs, scheduling and directing staff, and overseeing financial activities.

*This is the average annual salary for 'first-line supervisors of personal service workers,' according to the BLS.

15. Correctional officer and jailer

Conflict resolution importance: 84

Average annual salary: $44,910

Correctional officers and jailers guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions according to established rules and procedures. They also may guard prisoners during transportation between jail, courtrooms, prison, and other points.

14. Construction manager

Conflict resolution importance: 84

Average annual salary: $85, 630

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from beginning to end. They typically spend most of their time working out of a field office at a construction site where they can oversee daily activities and make decisions on the spot.

13. Police patrol officer

Conflict resolution importance: 85

Average annual salary: $59, 560

Police patrol officers maintain order and protect citizens by enforcing local, tribal, state, and federal laws and ordinances. Their duties can include patroling specific areas, directing traffic, issuing traffic summons, investigating accidents, arresting suspects, and serving legal processes of courts.

12. Equal opportunity representative and officer

Conflict resolution importance: 86

Average annual salary: $68,000

Equal opportunity representatives and officers monitor and evaluate if businesses comply with equal opportunity laws to ensure that their policies and practices don't discriminate in regard to race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

*This is the average annual salary for 'compliance officers,' according to the BLS.

10. First-line supervisor of correctional officers

Conflict resolution importance: 87

Average annual salary: $61,790

First-line supervisors directly oversee the duties and actions of correctional officers and jailers. They maintain order, discipline, and security within their assigned area according to relevant rules, regulations, policies, and laws.

9. Purchasing manager

Conflict resolution importance: 87

Average annual salary: $111,810

Purchasing managers plan, direct, or coordinate everyone involved in purchasing materials, products, and services for a company, such as buyers and purchasing officers.

8. Loss prevention manager

Conflict resolution importance: 88

Average annual salary: $110,210

Loss prevention managers plan and direct policies and procedures that prohibit the loss of assets. They determine risk and potential liability, and then develop ways to mitigate or eliminate it.

*This is the average annual salary for 'managers, all other,' according to the BLS.

7. Claims examiner, property and casualty insurance

Conflict resolution importance: 88

Average annual salary: $62,300

Claims examiners evaluate insurance claims and decide whether or not an insurance company must pay a certain claim, and if so, how much.

6. Lawyer

Conflict resolution importance: 90

Average annual salary: $114,970

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

5. Child, family, and school social worker

Conflict resolution importance: 91

Average annual salary: $46,180

Child, family, and school social workers aim to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families by helping to optimise each child's academic success and their family's well-being. Social workers might assist parents, arrange adoptions, find foster homes for abandoned or abused children, and deal with issues like teenage pregnancy and truancy in schools.

4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Conflict resolution importance: 93

Average annual salary: $84,010

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers directly supervise and coordinate how sales teams operate. Tasks may include budgeting, accounting, and personnel work.

3. Human resources manager

Conflict resolution importance: 93

Average annual salary: $102,780

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate all things administration within an organisation. Tasks can include overseeing recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff members; consulting with top executives about strategy; and serving as a liaison between management and employees.

2. Labour relations specialist

Conflict resolution importance: 93

Average annual salary: $59,410

Labour relations specialists resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and coordinate how to handle employee complaints.

*This title excludes equal employment opportunity officers who are listed as 'compliance officers' on the BLS.

1. Arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator

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Conflict resolution importance: 96

Average annual salary: $70,740

Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiations and conflict resolution between parties by leading a productive dialogue. Instead of going to court, each party involved consents to resolve their conflict independently through one of these professionals.

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