Jobs for people who love to talk

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Oprah, Letterman, Leno, Chelsea (and Conan, once upon a time) — all earn pretty paychecks talking. Sure, Oprah oversees a multimedia empire and Leno has his comedy career, but their primary jobs are hosting talk shows and gabbing with guests. They all have the same career — basically chitchatting in front of the world. That’s the entertainment world, though, and most of us aren’t paid to be that verbal.

I’ve known office workers whose draconian bosses actually reprimanded them for talking too much. Not for job performance problems or deadline issues. No, they were good workers; they just got in trouble for talking — as if they were first-graders during a school assembly. Oy.

Not everyone likes to gab, so a quiet workplace doesn’t bother some people. But for workers who can’t keep their lips sealed, silence is torturous. To help those of us who thrive on jibber jabber, here are six careers to consider. These jobs require more skills and education than just the ability to gab, but talking plays an important role that will make your day that much better:

Nurses
You can’t possibly list every responsibility nurses have. Whether in an emergency room, physician’s office or a number of other settings, nurses are working one-on-one with patients, ensuring tests are ordered, updating charts and staying calm. Patients who are sick or about to undergo surgery are often temperamental, nervous or just having a good old-fashioned freak-out. The best nurses stay on task while talking to patients, whether finding out more information about their malady or just trying to keep everyone calm. Here, the gift of gab can be a patient’s dream.

Emergency dispatchers
Dispatchers obviously rely on their speaking skills to find out information about emergencies, so that’s a no-brainer. Among their many skills, a knack for conversation is just as important as the ability to extract and report information. In emergencies, people (e.g., witnesses, victims) get unnerved and often frantic. Dispatchers maintain conversations with the callers until help arrives, and that’s no easy task as they have to be calm and think quickly under stress.

Salespeople
If you’re going to sell anything — a pair of jeans, a car, a business plan — words are your best friends. Anyone who works in sales has to know when being aggressive is appropriate and when toning it down is better. Not every technique works every time, so understanding how to talk most effectively to the customer is a skill not everyone is blessed with.

Dentists
I know I’m not the only person who has been at a dental appointment, wearing the fashionable paper bib and protective glasses, while the dentist chips away at my teeth and asks how my job is. Luckily, most dentists have the good sense to time their questions when I’m about to get a break from all the oral construction going on so I can respond. Good dentists know how to fill the silence of a dental visit without peppering the patient with questions he or she can’t answer. At the same time, they understand that we don’t want to hear 30 minutes of personal ramblings while we’re a captive audience (with a numb mouth).

Hairstylists
For many people, hairstylists are the human equivalent of a Leatherman knife — you know the kind that is basically a pocket-size MacGyver. Hairstylists serve as some clients’ confidante and therapist as well as their stylist. While they’re clipping hair and mixing dyes, stylists are forming bonds with their clients as they discuss their lives and jobs. Anyone who’s experienced an awkwardly silent haircut knows how strange it is to be inches from the person holding the scissors and looking at you in the mirror, and yet you have nothing to say to each other for the full hour.

Perhaps most important for the stylist is the ability to communicate what he or she will be doing to the client. If the client asks for a trim and the stylist says, “Sure, we can do that,” then proceeds to chop off 6 inches — well, that’s not good. Effective communication benefits them both (and probably leads to a better tip).

News reporters
News reporters, as far as the public is concerned, are just talking heads, but they do more than just stand in a hurricane and tell you that, yep, it’s wet and windy. Reporters interview people, both in taped segments and on air, and you don’t want a mumbling, incoherent mess doing that job. Amazing news goes unnoticed if the reporters’ speaking abilities are subpar, so their talking prowess needs to be as outstanding as their investigative skills. You want someone who can talk on camera as if he or she is talking to you one-on-one, and that’s not easy.

If you’re a talker and have found a way to earn a paycheck, let us know. We know there are more jobs out there that other chatty readers would love to know about.

50 Comments
  1. “Draconian bosses?” Have you ever managed people? Desk jobs that involve paperwork are just that, not social outlets. Chatty workers distract and disrupt workflows unless it’s needed as part of the job. There should be enough hours at home to chat all you want. In the meantime, tell Joe and Mary to keep their chatter out of the office unless it’s work related.

    • Yes, because we are all drones. The work place is a social environment where people need to connect and interact. Sitting in front of a glowing box is not how man was designed.

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  3. In regards to your article “10 Jobs You Thought Would Pay More”. You forgot to mention the number 1 job.

    US Military Combattant. – evading mortar attacks, RPG attacks, assault rifle fire, kidnappings, beheading, sand scorpions, and IEDs daily, while pursuing jihad terrorists in the harshest environment on Earth, and being seperated from their loved ones for years at a time, while being spit on by the ungrateful liberal media back home.
    What they earn: $19,464/year E-2 <3 yrs service
    Why it's suprising: this is not capital punishment, it's a contracted volunteer job.

  4. Isn’t amazing that a police officer makes $53,000 a year and some “actor” makes $20 million for pretending to be one? Our values are certainly skewed. It should be the other way around, as well as for our military. The military should be a career venue to become a millionaire, not some poser.

  5. Anthony,
    Great article, but I wanted to add this area to your list–Public Relations and Corporate Communications are two jobs you could add. Well, basically anyone who acts as spokesperson for companies, executives, government officials and celebrities fit the criteria of this list. We all earn our living by talking and I love it!

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  7. RTownley – Yes Draconian bosses. If you think that a title of “Manager” excuses the abuse some managers heap on their staff you are grossly ill-informed. Some managers ARE draconian, some employees DO talk too much. Your comment makes YOU sound like a draconian manager.

    And FYI, only 7% of the Screen Actors Guild members earn more than $100,000/yr.

  8. Teaching. Teaching is a “talking” career and everything rests on the ability to effectively communicate important information. Teaching also requires the ability to instantly be able to rephrase instructions as not every student will hear or understand what’s being said in the first place. Not only do teachers need to be able to communicate to their students, they also need to have the skills to speak to parents and to administrators, and be able to format their speaking abilities to a varied audience.

  9. I am a personal trainer and a massage therapist. I get to talk as a trainer and be quiet as a massage therapist. Thats a great balance!

  10. Another great job for talkers is working in college admissions as an Admission Counselor. You get to make presentations to prospective students and talk with families when they visit campus. Great fit for talkers! :)

  11. Draconian? YES! When a person spends morer than half their waking like immerged with other people, how can you not talk? As long as workflow is maintained, no problem.

  12. Surprised to see that Public Relations person and Marketing position isn’t listed on here. That’s seems like two fairly obvious jobs for those with the gift of gab.

  13. Another great job if you like to talk is working in a school, I am an assistant to the principal at my school and feel like all I do is talk all day to the parents, students, teachers other staff…the teachers talk all day too!

  14. Two more jobs for people who love to talk are: Customer Service Representative, and Real Estate Agent. I am both, and I love it!
    Back in my forties, I used to work in an office. They fired me because I “talked too much.” My work was accurate, complete, neat, and completed on time. But the boredom of sitting in one place all day long was enough to make an active person jump from a window. I had a boss who was a stick in the mud. He was angry because he was stuck doing a job that was over his head. He accepted it because he was too weak to tell the owner “no.” He wanted the pay, put the pace of the job was too much. His wife left him and went back to their home country because he was spending too much time at the office trying to keep up. He couldn’t balance all his meetings, his desk duties, his performance reviews, and his lunch within the confines of eight hours. Poor guy. He is a really nice person. He couldn’t stand to see me finish all my work, and then have time to chat for the rest of my day. The job was super easy if you knew how to organize your day. What he did to save face, was pile up a bunch of extra stuff for me to do. I did it all in three days, and cruised through thursday and friday. As soon as I made 40 hours, I was outta there for the week. That made his blood boil. Hey, one of us has the gift or organization, while the other does not. Don’t hate. Ha, he’s still there, grinding his life away. Meanwhile, I am a very happy, single, successful realtor. I set my own hours, and I talk all day!

  15. Other occupations are Employment Specialist and Social Worker. Have to talk to the public all the time in both of these.

  16. Good for you, Tina! When a person loves what they do, “work” ceases to be just that, and life is so much more enjoyable.

  17. Sounds like maybe dentistry is the opposite of a good job for people who love to talk.

    I am surprised that they did not mention therapy or social work for talk lovers as being a good conversationalist is at least 50% of the job.

  18. It is really important to know when to keep quiet more than what to say. I used to think that if I was funny and made people laugh that people would like me more. NOT. When someone is getting to know you or size you up humor should not be in the equation. Some people don’t know how to laugh or loosen up. They are serious about their work and humor could make one look silly. So I recommend the mouth shut and demonstrating professionalism and seriousness with an I can do attitude before showing the personality side-no matter how fun or cute it can be.

  19. In my position, my boss and I spend at least fifty percent of my time in the office talking. We brainstorm ideas for new projects, ways to adjust our programs to better assist our clients, new areas of research and new marketing strategies. We also discuss “The Office”, books we’ve read, politics and music. Talking about non-related subjects almost always segues into some great idea for work – insisting on silence curtails an employees creative process. I would rather not have a job that turns me into a voiceless robot, no matter how much money I was offered to do that.

  20. Try being an event planner and not possess the gift of gab you will surely lose jobs if you do the bride and groom both love to hear your views and also want you to give views it makes there life better also you have to give advice talk to decorators talk to the chef talk tothe mother of the bride talk to the stepparetns and also talk to the waiters/dj and band leader the job requires that you talk at least 7 hours out of your eight hours per day.

  21. Yeah, I’m gonna have to agree and disagree with you on that one. If talkers aren’t getting any work done/letting others do their work, then sure, shut ‘em up. However, if that’s not the case, then there’s no reason why people can’t be sociable with their coworkers.

    Most people don’t interact much outside of work, so that’s where they find their friends. If I kept things business-related, my job would be torture. However, I DO maintain a stellar record at work and am a trusted employee. It’s all about finding that healthy balance.

  22. A rural letter carrier also does well with a chatty personality. I have been a carrier for years. My customers and I have become very close over the years.

  23. Look up the word TORTUOUS. It has nothing to do with torture. You wrote: “…silence is tortuous.”

  24. Tina- I agree with everything you wrote. I just wanted to mention that as a dentist or even a dental assistant (which is what I do however took a little break and now workw ith children) I am constantly giving instructions or explaining why dentists do what they do and why he may suggest what your treatment plan is. I have sat with patients for hours with oral sedation where you cannot leave the patient. You get to know a lot about that person. You are not only a good listener, you are also a psychiatrist! Some patients will tell you a lot. For the teachers we also have to talk to parents about how their children are doing or if their child had a problem with another child and that requires a lot of explainations!! So both of these jobs do require talking and TLC!!!!

  25. Teachers and professors are need to be loquacious for sure. Plus, they should earn more based on the methods that need to be employed to educate today’s learner.

  26. Dang, folks sure are crazy in Alabama.
    I’m from Southern California, and out here if folks want to make a lot of money they don’t become policemen or go in the military, they grow maryjuwana.

  27. Try thsi one on for size. President Barack Obama makes $150K a year, whereas Tiger Woods became a Billionaire for hitting a ball with a stick. These two salaries should definitely be swapped. Utterly pathetic!

  28. Did everyone forget that soon everyone will be taken care of by the government ? Therefore the best job will be no job, or something that pays so little that you won’t have enough to pay for the 3 people who don’t work, but somehow deserve everything for free ( nothings free, I’ll pay for it).

  29. I totally agree with Crazy in Alabama ! I am a military dependent and I have been saying for the longest that military & law enforcement need to have pay upgrades. They protect, fight, and die for our country yet they are standing in welfare & foodstamp lines. America has their priorities out of wack….

  30. Come to think of an office where you have same nationality can’t speak in your own language when other nationality (colleagues) are around? An office work can never be enjoyable if people can’t talk freely (anything under the sun in any right timing and manners, of course) Unless we are working in a library or cemetery or church or dungeon or cave where silence should be really observed.

  31. How is this true? When does the liberal media spite on our service men and women, Give an example, a program , a person. If this is only your opnion, then thats what it is and not necessarly fact.
    That being said, we as a society left , right and middle do not do enough to honor those who go to fight. We sit safe and buy those little yellow support our troops tags which cost us little. What do I know? two Marines , three sailors two air man and six US Army kin friends and students.

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