Are you an introvert looking to pursue a high paying career that fits your personality? If YES, here are 50 best career ideas for introverts that pays well in 2020.
You don’t have to look so far to find that person who would rather stay on his own, does not mix or mingle, and would rather not indulge in the small chatter that characterizes a typical office environment. This goes to show that introverts are all around us, and according to Psychology Today, introverts make up more than half of the population.
What Makes an Introvert Unique and What Career Suits Them?
A lot of people have taken to thinking that being an introvert is a disability, but that is so false. Being an introvert is on the opposite side of being an extrovert. Introverts are unique, mostly honest, comfortable with silence, good listeners but would rather stay on their own than indulge in fruitless banter. For this reason, introverts are mostly self-starters and they are able to work with little or no supervision and would still do better than those who have had to seek help from others.
Because they are more attuned inwards, introverts perform at their best when they work alone or with very few people, and that is the primary reason why introverts are never suited for all job positions or businesses.
In addition to not being a crowd or people person, there are some introverts that are extra sensitive to noise, light and crowd, and this set of people can never function in an office that has loud machinery running, or where they always have to come in contact with people.
In view of this, introverts may find it quite nerve racking to work in a factory, be a retailer or marketer, publicist, tour guide, teacher (especially for senior grades), instructor etc. But there are a great many profitable careers that are quite suited for the introverted personality. Here outlined are 50 of them.
50 Best Career ideas for Introverts That Pays Well in 2020
1. Librarian: working in a library is an ideal job placement for an introvert because you are mostly alone with your books and the quite environment would serve to keep stress at bay. Granted, you would need to meet people on a regular basis, but you would be dealing more with inquiries. If you are an extreme introvert, you can choose to be a cataloger where you are not required to come in contact with people.
2. Vet Receptionist: the job of the vet receptionist is to receive people who have brought their pets to the vet. Firstly, vets don’t receive that much clients everyday when compared to a hospital or clinic. Again, you would not be required to do a lot of talking, you just need to schedule the clients and hand them over to the vet. On the plus side, if you love pets, then you have room to interact more with them.
3. Office Manager: as an office manager, you are required to see to the smooth running of the office. You need to make sure that the stationary does not run out, that mails are sorted and read, the place is tidy and that nothing is out of place. This job position requires minimal human interaction, but you need to make sure that the company you choose to work for is not a very huge one so as to minimize noise and crowd.
4. Technical Author: Introverts are mostly good with technology, and if you fall into this category, you can choose to write books, newsletters or blog about technological developments. This job involves conducting a lot of research to produce instruction manuals and supporting documents for products and software. This job ensures that you work on your own most of the time, and the best of it is that you can choose to work from home.
5. Preschool Teacher’s Aide: as a preschool teachers’s aide, you get to help preschool teachers take care of the kids. Kids are fun, though they can be demanding too. This job would help you be around people but it would hardly overwhelm you.
6. Preschool Teacher: your duty as a preschool teacher is mostly to cheer up the children, teach them and keep them happy. Children of a certain age can be quite chatty, and your introvert trait as a good listener would come in quite handy here. Kids are not judgmental, so they would see you as the best thing that ever happened to them after mummy and daddy, that is if you play your cards right. Here, you would have less office gossip and drama to deal with.
7. Pet Resort Manager: if you are an introvert, and a pet lover, them this is the ideal job for you. You are to work mostly with pets providing pet boarding, entertainment and grooming services. You may need to have few other people working with you to take care of the pets, but it would definitely be nothing overwhelming.
8. Greenhouse Caretaker: if you have a green thumb, then you would do great taking care of a greenhouse. There is nothing as quiet and peaceful as a room full of plants. The serenity is calming to the mind and soul, and as such is best for an introvert.
9. Software Developer: if you are good with creating software, then you can choose to create software for companies, or even create them and sell. The job of a software developer entails that you stay on your own a lot in order for you to concentrate. If you don’t want to be dealing with stressful deadlines and people breathing down your neck, then you should consider working on your own.
10. Janitor: if you are an extreme extrovert, and would not mind dabbling with trash, then you should consider being a janitor. Taking away trash is done mostly in the night, so you are not at risk of meeting and interacting with anyone. Here, you would have all the peace and quiet to work.
11. Dog walker: this is another job that is well suited for that introvert that loves pets. You can start a pet walking service and go professional with it. You may not have to meet the owners of the pets on a regular basis as your job would be to collect the dogs, walk them and return them back.
12. Mail Deliverer: you can choose to start a career as a mail deliverer to deliver mails to residents of the community or city where you reside. This job requires minimal interaction with people as you are only required to stuff the mails in the right mailboxes or door slots and be on your way.
13. Tailor: making clothes is an art, and you need a lot of quiet time to think and concentrate on your designs. Here, you would be required to meet with your clients and take their measurements, and as well make recommendations, but if this is a task you would find difficult to handle, you can hire someone else to take care of this aspect while you just concentrate on cloth making.
14. House Painter: are you creative and can paint? Then being a house painter is a very profitable career. When you land a painting contract, it would be just you and the walls interacting with less human interference. But the downside is that you would need to do a bit of marketing in order for you to get clients.
15. Garbage truck driver: are you comfortable with moving trucks, then you can choose to be a garbage truck driver. You get to pick up garbage and transport them to dump sites.
16. Financial Analyst: if you are comfortable working with figures, then you can opt for a career as a financial analyst. It is a known fact that working with figures and data is more predictable than working with people. Financial analysts are responsible for financial planning, analysis and projection for companies and corporations. You can equally choose to be a freelance financial analyst and not be affiliated with any organization.
17. Actuary: an actuary is a financial risk expert. As an actuary, you would be responsible for assessing, planning, and forecasting future risks, using knowledge of marketing, financial and economic principles. As a risk assessment expert, you get to work more with figures than with people, and even though you may be required to work in an office setting, it would be basically you, your laptop and your figures all day long.
18. Computer Hardware Engineer: working with hardware is another good career path for an introvert. You can choose to open up a store where you repair computer hardware for people, and if you are able to do the right publicity, you would make good profits. If you find it difficult to meet people face to face, you can use the social media to publicize your business.
19. Archivist: you can choose to work as an archivist archiving materials in museums or auction houses. In this job, you would get to spend your days with historical documents, objects and works of art, rather than humans. You will either be cataloging or restoring things to order, and all these are done solitary.
20. Court reporter: Yes, a court reporter is always seen sitting in the middle of the court action, but the fact is that they hardly interact with anyone, and they are not even required to. Their job mostly entails sitting and recording court proceeding, and leaving at the end of the court session. The only time they have to talk with another human being is when asked to read back a piece of what they had written for clarification.
21. Conservation Scientist: As a conservation scientist, you get to spend your workday in the peace and quiet of the outdoors, managing forests, parks, rangelands and more. With just a bachelor’s degree, you can work for governments or privately-owned lands, where your colleagues are vegetation rather than humans. Cool huh?
22. Translator: it is a proven fact that most introverts find it easy to learn languages. So, if you are fluent in a second language, you can work as a translator converting written documents from one language to another. Most translators are self-employed and work on projects for various clients, and you can do so too.
23. Medical transcriptionist: Usually the atmosphere in the medical transcription department is dark with individual lamps at each station, very quiet, with a strict rule against perfumes as most people are sensitive to smells, bright lights, loud noises. This profession is ideal for people with highly sensitive personalities that hate noise, bright light and smell. Medical transcriptionists do transcribe doctor’s reports.
24. Truck Driver: Truck driving could be a dream job for those who enjoy driving for extended periods of time with the radio as the only company they have for the long haul. People who want to get out on the open road and see a lot of different places would likely find satisfaction as truck drivers. All you need is a commercial driver’s license and a high school diploma.
25. Air Traffic Controller: As an air traffic controller, you don’t need to talk to anybody except the pilots under your control, and when you do, it would be a very regimented and routine conversation with no mundane talks. There is no room for dealing with people or air passengers, it’s just you and the pilots with maybe a few other workers.
26. Lab technician/Assistant: Working as a lab technician allows you to help diagnose patients through analysis which are basically done without their presence. A health care facility or laboratory will employ you to run tests on samples of fluids, tissues and other substances collected from patients. If you are comfortable with blood and other bodily fluids and tissues, you will enjoy a lot of solitude in the lab because it is a very quiet place.
27. Paralegal: A paralegal or legal assistant typically works for a law firm or corporate legal department. Unlike lawyers, paralegals work to maintain and organize files, conduct legal research and draft documents, and they don’t interact with the clients. An associate’s degree or certificate in paralegal studies is preferred, but you may be able to get hired without prior legal experience if you hold a bachelor’s degree.
28. Night watchman: if you are not scared of the night, then you can apply to work as a night watchman. You don’t need any prior experience to do this job, and the job would provide you a lot of quietness and solitude to function optimally. It can also give you the chance to do other things on the side such as freelance writing.
29. Industrial machine repair: if you are trained to repair machines, then you can decide to start a job repairing industrial machines. You can choose to go to sites to repair the machines or have them brought to you, either way, it would still be you and the machines you are repairing on a typical day.
30. Social Media Manager: a lot of people are not social media savvy and would need people to help them push their media image. If you are conversant with the various social media available, you can choose to provide this service to people for a fee. This is another service you can provide from the comfort of your house, making it the ideal job for an introvert.
31. Writer: are you good with words? Then you can choose to become a writer. You can provide content for newspapers, blogs and websites, and you can also write biographies, author books and write newsletters for people. The best way to get the most out of this career is to become a freelance writer; this means that you get to provide these services from the comfort of your home.
32. Private Investigator: if you are adept at research and you have had some sort of law enforcement experience, then you should consider a career as a private investigator. The major job of a private investigator is research, as you would be researching family history, legal records, tax records in order to conduct background checks on especially job candidates. This job is done in solitude so it is perfect for an introvert.
33. Proofreader/Editor: are you good with grammar and writing? Then you should consider a career as a proofreader or editor. A lot of freelance work sites frequently request the services of proofreaders and editors, so you should consider offering your services there.
34. Cleaner: if you are comfortable with the brush and duster, then you should consider starting your own cleaning service. Office cleaning is mainly done either very early in the morning or late at night, so you would not run the risk of coming in contact with people. Again, residential cleaning is mostly done when people are out of their homes, so it presents the same advantage.
35. Mortician: Morticians work at mortuaries or crematories and help people organize and carry out funeral services for their loved ones. They meet with clients, hire employees, make business and financial decisions, manage the property and plan funerals. This is a very solemn profession because you would be dealing mostly with grieving clients who are almost never in a chatty mood.
36. Embalmer: This career is very suited for the highly sensitive introvert. The embalmer works in a funeral home. He or she is responsible for embalming and preparing the bodies of the deceased for funeral services as well as burials or cremations. This may involve removing blood and replacing it with embalming fluid, performing complex reconstruction to disguise damage, and applying makeup to provide a peaceful, relaxing appearance. The embalmer has little or no interaction with people during his work as his only companion is the dead.
37. Zoologist: Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife, and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats. They also take blood samples from animals to assess their level of nutrition, check animals for disease and parasites, and tag animals in order to track them. Being a zoologist enables you to work with animals all day while minimizing contact with humans.
38. Blogger: to be a blogger, you only need your laptop and a strong internet connection. This is a good career for introverts because you get to work alone and at your own pace. Yes, you have access to the world and can say or write anything you wish, but all that is done under the cloak of anonymity.
39. Artist: if you are proficient with drawing and painting as an introvert, then you can turn the skills into a career. Artists typically work alone as they easily get distracted by noise and activity. If you have issues with marketing your works, you could contract someone to do it for you.
40. Photographer: being a photographer is a mostly solitary work as it is just you and your camera. Though you get to photograph events most of the times, but you are not required to interact much with those who you take their pictures. You can also take pictures of nature and others and sell them online.
41. Graphic Designer: graphic designers design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs such as packaging, displays, or logos. They use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects. You typically carry out your duties without interference, and if you are freelancer, you get to work at your own pace.
42. Landscaper: Landscapers maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Their tasks include sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. The most important part of this career is that it does not require much human contact, so it is suitable for introverts.
43. Scientist: A scientist is responsible for collecting scientific data through fieldwork, setting up experiments and conducting scientific investigations in controlled environments and natural settings. They equally record observations, correlate data and prepare detailed research reports for publication. This career is suitable for introverts because you would be mostly conducting research and correlating data. You can equally avoid the lecturing aspect.
44. Radiologist: Radiologists are doctors that specialize in the field of medical imaging. They execute and interpret medical images to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Radiologists use medical imaging technologies such as X-rays, CT scans and MRIs to diagnose and make treatment decisions regarding patients’ health problems. As an introvert, you can decide to work on purely imaging.
45. Web developer: Web developers build and maintain websites and web applications. Their work focuses solely on software and databases. A web developer’s primary task is creating reliable and high performing applications and services which can be accessed over the internet. This is also one of the jobs that require minimal human interaction, and if you want to contact your clients for inquiries, you can do that via email.
46. Statistician: Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, sciences and other fields. Statisticians design surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and opinion polls to collect the data they need. They may also write instructions for other workers on how to collect and arrange the data. Surveys are typically mailed, conducted over the phone, collected online, or gathered through some other means so contact with crowds are minimized.
47. Film/Video/Audio editor: just like word editors, film, video and audio editors spend their time alone editing works. You may not need any qualifications for this job as you only need to acquire the necessary skills.
48. Pest Control Worker: pest controllers are responsible for controlling pest through extermination. They release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill pests and vermin such as mice, termites, and cockroaches that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
49. Insurance Underwriters: they are the main link between an insurance company and an insurance agent. Insurance underwriters use computer software programs to determine whether to approve an applicants insurance application or not. They enter information about a client into a computer program in order to provide recommendations on coverage and premiums.
Underwriters evaluate these recommendations and decide whether to approve or reject an insurance application. If a decision is difficult, they may consult additional sources such as medical documents and credit scores. This goes to show that the job of an underwriter is mostly solitary.
50. Personal Chef: Personal chefs plan and cook meals for an individual or a family, while often shopping for ingredients, ordering supplies and cleaning up afterward. This job does not require much outside interference except that you may be required to shop for ingredients once in a while, but you get to do all your culinary creations in the comfort of a kitchen.