9 jobs for people who can keep a secret
Your virtue will be put to work in these careers for confidants.
Good communication skills are requirements you’ll find in almost every job description. But sometimes, the ability to know when to keep your mouth shut can be just as desirable.
In certain careers, silence is truly golden. Maybe you need to keep information confidential to protect a client—or maybe keeping a secret at work is critical to safeguarding the planet.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monster found nine jobs where discretion is truly the better part of valor.
What you’d do: The best protection for computer systems is a strong—and silent—defense. You don’t want hackers to know what they are up against, which means cybersecurity workers have to keep their techniques for safeguarding digital files and vital electronic infrastructure under wraps.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field is generally a minimum, and work experience in a related field may be required.
What you’d make: $90,120 per year
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What you’d do: Executive assistants often deal with sensitive details for their high-level bosses, including confidential business and personal information. Being able to keep those secrets is just as important as juggling the supervisor’s daily agenda or travel plans.
What you’d need: A high school degree or equivalency and solid computer skills are the baseline. Working as an assistant to top-tier executives will generally require several years of related experience. View this sample resume for an executive assistant.
What you’d make: $36,500 per year
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What you’d do: Housekeepers who broadcast what they see while cleaning someone’s hotel room or who share a juicy secret overheard in someone’s home breaches their clients’ expectations of privacy, as well as potentially creating a theft risk.
What you’d need: No specific educational or training requirements. View this sample resume for a housekeeper.
What you’d make: $20,740 per year
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What you’d do: Attorney-client privilege means anything revealed in private discussions will not be passed along without explicit permission. This creates a baseline of trust, empowering lawyers to represent their clients’ interests.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree plus a three-year law degree are required. Practicing lawyers must also pass their state’s written bar exam. View this sample resume for a lawyer.
What you’d make: $115,820 per year
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Nuclear plant technician
What you’d do: You aren’t likely to find many public blueprints or photos of the inside of a nuclear plant—with good reason. Staffers inside a nuclear plant need to keep confidential any details about how someone might get inside and access potentially dangerous materials.
What you’d need: An associate degree is often the minimum, with experience studying nuclear energy and technical fields, such as physics and mathematics. Military training and experience sometimes translate as an equivalency. Additional on-the-job training and continuing education are common.
What you’d make: $80,260 per year
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What you’d do: Doctors rely on truthful reports of a patient’s symptoms in order to make an accurate diagnosis, which requires a great deal of trust from patients that they will keep that information private. Plus, thanks to HIPAA, the law requires it.
What you’d need: A bachelor’s degree, plus a four-year medical degree are required; specialists may need an additional three to seven years of specific training through an internship or residency.
What you’d make: $187,200 per year
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What you’d do: Just like lawyers and psychologists, private investigators need to establish trust with clients if they expect to encourage honesty. They also need to keep secrets about what (and whom) they’re investigating and what methods they’re using. From Sam Spade to Magnum, P.I. to Archer, a private investigator rarely gives away information unless it benefits his client.
What you’d need: There are no specific education requirements, although a high school degree or an equivalent is generally expected as a minimum. Several years of work experience, especially as a police officer or in the military, is the training baseline, and most states require licensing.
What you’d make: $45,610 per year
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What you’d do: Psychotherapy is based on trust. Patients have to know that what they share with their therapist is confidential, and that the details they discuss will never leave the room. Without that expectation of confidentiality, it’s difficult for healing to take place—and it’s definitely impossible for a psychologist to stay in business and retain licensing without it.
What you’d need: A doctorate in psychology is usually required, but a master’s degree may be enough for some positions. State licensing is a common requirement.
What you’d make: $72,580 per year
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What you’d do: Loose lips sink ships, and also careers in the security industry. Security guards are expected to keep all details of the places they protect to themselves, including access codes, the timing of their rounds, and in some cases, even the very thing they are paid to watch over.
What you’d need: A high-school degree is usually the baseline. State licensing/registration is required in cases where a firearm is carried. View this sample resume for a security guard.
What you’d make: $24,680 per year
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