Everyone's career preferences are going to be a little bit different. Some people enjoy working in a fast paced environment that requires them to meet new people every day. Not you though. You're an introvert and you wish everyone would just let you do your job by yourself, in peace. Luckily, you can do just that in any of these amazing careers that are perfect for introverted personalities.
Animal Care Professional
Working as an animal care professional can be quite a rewarding experience. You’ll do everything from feeding and exercising the animals, to providing baths and healthcare for them. The best part is that there’s limited human contact, so you won’t constantly feel drained from talking to people all the time. Median salary: $25,270.
Many people who identify as introverts already have a working knowledge of the modern technological world. Why not put that knowledge to good use towards a career that is both fulfilling and lucrative? Web developers spend all day knee-deep in lines of code and can typically go at a pace that feels comfortable. This is an excellent option for the tech-savvy introvert. Median salary: $56,700.
If you’re looking for a position that showcases your strong analytical skills then you may be well suited to be a financial analyst. The job typically includes a heavy emphasis on independent research and analysis of stock trends, which can be an appealing task for a true introvert. The pay isn’t bad either. Median salary $76,950.
Social Media Manager
It may seem counterintuitive, but the position of Social Media Manager can be a perfect fit for even the shyest of introverts. We know that you still crave human interaction on some level (even if it’s significantly less of a craving than the rest of the world) and acting as a social media manager will help satisfy that craving. You can interact with millions of people with just the stroke of a keyboard while never actually having to see their faces. Perfect! Median salary: $54,170.
Remember the last time you were on an airplane and they let the entire cabin tour the cockpit? Of course you don’t because NO ONE does that. As a commercial pilot, you’ll enjoy the same luxury of providing an important service to thousands of people from the comfort of your own personal space. Median salary: $70,000.
Perhaps you feel more at home in the kitchen, but the frantic pace of the restaurant industry is simply too chaotic for you. Consider taking your culinary skills to someone’s personal residence as a private chef. As an introvert, you probably feel much more comfortable interacting with a smaller group of people anyway. Median salary: $60,800.
Fair warning: you will have to interact with other humans (mostly ones that don’t know much about computers) in this occupation. The good news? Those interactions are relatively few and far between, and some of them can even be held virtually. Get that out of the way, and you can recharge your batteries to the soothing hum of those sweet network servers you’ve been bragging about. Median salary $85,619
It’s not that other people can make you anxious so much as it’s the thought of constantly interacting with those people that puts you on edge. You are however, very adept at analyzing the way in which other people interact. As a political scientist, you’ll be doing just that: analyzing how political figures on both a national and global scale interact with one another. Median salary: $102,000.
Geoscience positions are great if you want to travel and spend most of your time outdoors. Much of your time will be spent in the field collecting samples of minerals or doing tests on the landscape of a particular environment. Of course, like any science career, there is a considerable amount of lab testing to be done as well, so you won’t be outdoors all the time. The good news is that lab tests often require several hours of solitary study. Median salary: $90,890.
Have you ever been described as a wallflower? Taking up a career as a court reporter could be a great fit for you. You aren’t required (or even encouraged) to interact with others while on the job. Simply take note of everything that is said for the court’s records and collect your paycheck. Median salary: $48,160.
If numbers are your true love, then consider a career as a public tax accountant. The barrier to entry is relatively high (you must complete a specific number of college credit hours in order to sit for the CPA exam), but the career is lucrative, and you’ll never be out of work. Plus, no one can argue with the tax code, so there’s no need to discuss it with anyone else. Median salary: $52,000
As a translator, you can choose to perform in one of several ways. The most popular of which, a spoken word translator, will have you translating the speech of a wide variety of individuals from all walks of life as they speak. If public speaking isn’t your forte, then consider a position as a written language translator. You’ll be alone far more often, and can typically work at your own pace. Median salary: $45,430
Music Writer and Composer
Calling all creative introverts. Music composers and writers can make quite a name for themselves with a little bit of hard work. While it’s easy to think of popular musical acts as the best example of success in the industry, there are actually a broad range of career paths one can take as a composer. Think of all the jingles and tunes that companies use for advertising every day for example. The best part is: if your music speaks for itself, then you’ll never have to. Median salary: $47,410
Graphic designers usually work closely with a small handful of clients at a time, making this the perfect career choice for introverts with a keen eye for design. Median salary: $44,150.