As an introvert, you might wonder what job best suits your personality, talents, and ambitions. The best jobs for introverts is not a one size fits all solution.
According to Psychology Today, up to 50% of the population are introverts. When it comes to career goals, introverts usually prefer a quiet, steady job and aren’t focused as much on advancement in their career field. Once they find a comfortable spot, they tend to want to stay there.
Introverts usually want some peace away from large crowds and noise. Not everyone is a people person and introverts usually rather spend more time alone than with other people. It can be hard to get a job because the thought of applying and going through interviews fills a person with dread if they are an introvert.
Being socially shy doesn’t help the interview process. Most people who aren’t introverts don’t like interviews, and if you’re an introvert, it’s certainly not your idea of fun. Unfortunately, in order to find a job, an interview is usually on the agenda.
The best thing you can do as an introvert to figure out what kind of job or career you want is to play to your strengths. If you can find a job that minimizes social exchanges and interactions, it’s a huge plus for you.
These are some tips that might help while looking for the best job for you:
- Be true to thyself. Are you mathematically gifted? Do you have an artistic nature? Do you do better handling data of all kinds? Or do you love being outside in nature amongst creatures that aren’t human?
- Make a list of your interests, preferences, and skills and try to put it all together to figure out where you belong and where you would like to be. While you are jotting this all down, don’t forget situations and job choices that you want to avoid. Remember, there is no perfect job, but you can find one that is best suited for you.
- Before the interview, rehearse. Put yourself in your interviewer’s shoes and try to figure out the kinds of questions that the interviewer might ask. If you research and learn more about the company you’re trying to land a job with, it can be a huge advantage for you and build up your confidence.
- Practice simple rules of etiquette with a friend or relative before the interview. Small talk is probably unavoidable during the interview. Come up with a few standard niceties to break through your social awkwardness.
- Bring a copy of your own career portfolio, that is, notes that you hold onto during the interview to help you remember key points about your skills and experience. That should help keep you from worrying about seizing up during the interview.
Now that we have offered some useful tips that we hope will help, let us look at some of the best choices of jobs for introverts.
JOBS FOR MATHEMATICIANS
If you desire order and structure and are good with numbers, a job dealing with numbers and lists might be good for you. You work a lot on your own, while your mind is busy working calculations and such.
1. Economists analyze data, research trends, and evaluate economic issues while studying the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services. If you have strong analytical and mathematical skills, this may be a good career field for you. Jobs in this niche are usually steady for long time-periods, without much change, which is good for introverts as they tend to like things to remain steady.
Pay is very good for economists with a median annual income of $99,000 a year.
2. Market Research Analysts study market trends and conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and the price people will purchase them. While there is a little interaction with others in this position, most of the work involves researching and analyzing data, in front of the keyboard. Usually, a bachelor’s degree is required.
Market Research Analysts earn a median annual income of approximately $62,000.
Not all jobs in healthcare center on working with others. Many jobs are in laboratories or in record keeping environments. Best of all, many of the healthcare jobs that are perfect for introverts don’t require huge degrees.
3. Medical Records Technicians keep patient medical records organized for a medical office or hospital. They review the records for accuracy and completeness. They code them in order to classify the records. The beauty is that most positions only require a high school diploma or associate’s degree at best. While they do often report to a manager, they work independently.
Job salaries for medical records technicians average about $33,000 a year.
4. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform standard medical tests such as blood tests, immunoassays, and cultures. They work independently and interpret patient results. They do work with other health care professionals at times, such as doctors and nurses, to solve medical problems. Most of the time, however, they are in a lab performing the tests. Some employers only require a high school degree with courses that have included algebra, biology, and chemistry. Those employers will train on the job. Others require a one-year associate’s degree.
Medical Record Technician’s average an annual salary of about $45,000.
5. Accountants spend most of their workday with numbers rather than people. Not only are strong math skills a plus, but organizational skills are also beneficial for an accounting job. Accountants prepare, examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports. They help businesses design accounting systems and prepare tax statements. They may do other things as well.
The median annual salary for accountants is $67,000 a year.
6. Bookkeepers share similar goals as accountants since they both assist businesses in various stages of the financial process. Bookkeepers, however, focus more on the recording of the daily transactions of a business, by maintaining a general ledger, posting debits and credits, producing invoices, completing payroll, etc. In essence, much of what bookkeepers do set a good stage for the accountant to complete the financial operations of the business. Bookkeepers usually only need two years of school whereas an accountant needs four. Accountants usually also need ongoing certification.
The median annual income of a bookkeeper is approximately $37,000 a year.
Artists tend to be people who value their alone time. They prefer to create without others affecting them or their work. If you think about it, many of the qualities of an artist are the same as for an introvert – they both like to be alone in deep thought, they are happiest being by themselves for long periods of time, they are both focused and persistent, and both are self-motivated. While artists do end up interacting with others at some point with their craft, most of their time centers on what they are creating.
7. Graphic Artists create visual concepts, either using computer software or by hand. They develop ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers. They create the layout and production design for various media such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.
The median annual salary of a graphic artist is $46,900 a year.
8. Photography is a great niche for introverts. While most people believe that photographers must be extroverts, when asked, many photographers will say they are actually introverts. The camera allows a photographer to be part observer and part participant. Photographers can work in many niches, some of which allow for fewer people interactions than others. For an introvert who loves when everything and everyone else is the center of attention, and also happen to like being behind a camera, photography may be just the right career.
The average yearly salary is approximately $37,000 a year.
The field of science is a great industry for introverts. They spend a lot of their time alone outside in the field or inside in a lab or in front of a computer. The sector of science also tends to pay more lucratively than other fields.
9. Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future. Geoscientists are among the best-paying jobs for introverts and best of all, they spend at least half of their time outside, in the field, while the rest is inside in a lab or at their computer.
The median yearly salary of a geoscientist is $92,000
10. Zoologists study animals and other wildlife. They study the physical nature and characteristics of the animals, their behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats. Very little of a zoologists job centers around being near people. For an introvert, being around animals is a much more agreeable scenario.
Zoologists make around $59,800 a year.
There are many great jobs out there for introverts. Other jobs that introverts might like are animal care, landscaper/gardener, court reporter, truck driver, IT, plumber, engineer, geologist, and more. It all depends on your skills and your preferences. By centering on those two things and taking into account your level of comfort in interacting with others, you should be able to decipher what job would be the best for you.
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Great article and very informative for the individual who’s in college seeking his/her first job in the marketplace.Do you have any tips on how to prepare your first resume? This information would be extremely helpful for the new job seeker. Also, interview tips would be helpful along with what to wear and present yourself to your potentially new employer.