The Best Careers For Introverts

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The Best Careers For Introverts

While some are energized by socializing, others are fueled by alone time. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, states: “Solitude matters and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”

Both introverts and extroverts can be successful in a variety of careers. However, introverts might be drawn to certain careers.

Defining introversion

Being introverted is common with one-third to half of the U.S. population identifying as such. Introversion is defined as the “orientation toward the internal private world of one’s self and one’s inner thoughts and feelings.”

Contrary to popular belief, introverts aren’t necessarily shy. In fact, introverts can also have fantastic social skills. The main difference revolves around what energizes you. For example, extroverts feel energized in groups in a stimulating environment. However, introverts also gain energy by being alone in a less stimulating environment.   

Job searching as an introvert

In fact, every job requires different skillsets. Oftentimes, job duties might cater to specific personality types. Although introverts can succeed in a “traditionally” extroverted role, there’s more to consider. Because of this, introverts will likely be happier in a position that also plays to their strengths. According to Indeed, the best jobs for introverts are positions that:

  • Prioritize independent work
  • Offer quiet, private workspaces
  • Are best for people with great active listening skills
  • Involve individual interactions rather than public speaking

The best careers for introverts

There are many professions that introverts can excel in! Below are some of the best careers for introverts: 

  1. Accountant
  2. Landscape Designer
  3. Archivist
  4. Translator
  5. Chef
  6. Content Manager
  7. Editor (writing, film)
  8. Graphic Designer
  9. Animal Care (trainer groomer, vet tech)
  10. IT Manager
  11. Web Developer/Programmer
  12. Librarian
  13. Mechanic
  14. Archaeologist
  15. Research Scientist
  16. Social Media Manager
  17. Writer
  18. Engineer (software, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical)
  19. Lab Technician
  20. Paralegal



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Actionable Steps


Here are some tips for finding careers for introverts:

1

Grab the popcorn

Watch Susan Cain’s TedTalk, “The Power of Introverts” here. As you watch, also take notes and self-reflect.

2

Do some self-reflection

Familiarize yourself with your strengths. What makes you happiest? Also, what energizes you? Overwhelms you? Also, what kind of career will suit you based on your goals and personality?

3

Keep an open mind

However, don’t dismiss a career if there are job duties outside your comfort zone. Just because you don’t enjoy being the center of attention doesn’t mean you don’t have the skills to also be successful in that role.

4

Talk to a career coach

Career coaches are also a fantastic resource. Also, they are widely available! In fact, you can find career coaches near you by using the Profinder in LinkedIn.

5

Read more on this topic

You can also learn more about careers for introverts by reading the following: 15 Best Jobs for Introverts by Indeed.com, The 10 Best Careers for Introverts by The Balance, and 15 Great Jobs for Introverts by Business News Daily.

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Dr. Alyssa Harmon-Salter

Dr. Alyssa Harmon-Salter

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Alyssa holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. For the last 7 years, she has coached hundreds of college students on how to be successful academically and in prepping for a job.
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