Jobs for Introverts

Jobs for Introverts
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The business world seems to favor extraverts. Brainstorming in meetings, going on sales calls to clients' offices and attending networking events are all ways to get ahead in the workplace. But for introverts — those who draw energy from quiet, alone time rather than from groups of people — these activities can be incredibly draining.

Although introverts can certainly succeed in careers that require a lot of customer interaction and group efforts, they probably won't be very happy in those jobs. The good news is there are plenty of work options that allow for the peace and solitude introverts crave. If you prefer independent work with minimal outside distractions, here are 14 great jobs for you.

Social media manager

Social media manager
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Just because introverts prefer working solo doesn't mean they're anti-social. In fact, many introverts thrive in virtual social situations, and are easily able to hold online conversations without the exhaustion they feel after being around other people for too long. In addition to interacting with customers and followers, social media managers help create, schedule and publish promotional materials for the audiences on a company's various social channels. [Learn more about this job]

Actuary

Actuary
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Got a head for numbers? You might excel as an actuary. Someone in this position analyzes the costs of risk and uncertainty using statistics, other types of math and financial theory, typically for the insurance industry. Actuaries assess the risk that an event will occur, and based on that, develop policies for businesses and clients to minimize the cost of that risk. You will need to pass a series of exams to become a certified professional, but you'll be paid well for your efforts — the median salary for actuaries is upward of $90,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). [Learn more about this job]

Electrician

Electrician
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As an electrician, you'll spend your days installing, maintaining and repairing electrical systems in homes, offices and other buildings. Once you've discussed the client's needs for the project, your job becomes primarily independent. You'll typically need to attend a technical school or complete an apprenticeship to become an electrician, and most states require you to obtain a professional license. [Learn more about this job]

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Political scientist

Political scientist
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In this behind-the-scenes role, political scientists conduct a lot of independent research and analysis on government policies and political trends. The work of these professionals is presented in the form of reports for politicians, who rely on political scientists to help make important decisions. The BLS states that median pay is $102,000 per year, but a master's degree or Ph.D. is required. [Learn more about this job]

Paralegal

Paralegal
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A paralegal or legal assistant typically works for a law firm or corporate legal department. Unlike lawyers, paralegals have little to no interaction with clients, but instead work to maintain and organize files, conduct legal research and draft documents. 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. [Learn more about this job]

Medical Records Technician

Medical Records Technician
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Like paralegals, medical records technicians do a lot of solitary organization work. They manage data in paper and electronic systems, code and categorize patient information, and maintain patients' medical histories for hospitals and physicians' offices. This career is in the growing health care industry, so the chances of securing a job are high. [Learn more about this job]

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer
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Graphic design is an especially good career path for highly creative introverts. You will, of course, need to communicate with your clients to deliver exactly what they're looking for, but the design work itself is done independently. This is especially true if you're a freelance designer: According to the BLS, about one-third of graphic designers are self-employed and work from home. [Learn more about this job]

Technical Writer

Technical Writer
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If you have a good understanding of technology and are able to distill complex information into understandable terms, consider becoming a technical writer. This job involves conducting independent research to produce instruction manuals and supporting documents for products and software. Most people in this field work in the computer and engineering industries, but other industries need technical writers as well. [Learn more about this job]

Accountant

Accountant
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As an accountant, most of your workday will be spent dealing with numbers rather than people, so it's a great job for introverts with strong math and organization skills. Accountants and auditors examine statements and records, assess financial operations, and prepare tax documents for clients. You'll be especially engrossed in your work during tax season, leaving little or no room for anyone to bother you. [Learn more about this job]

Computer Programmer

Computer Programmer
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Want to spend your days behind a screen writing code? Computer programming could be your ideal job. You would be responsible for turning programs designed by software developers into readable instructions for computers. The BLS says that most programmers work in industries related to computer systems design, so you'll need a degree in computer science (or at least an expert knowledge of programming languages). [Learn more about this job]

Long-Haul Truck Driver

Long-Haul Truck Driver
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Truck driving could be an introvert's dream job: driving for extended periods of time with nothing but the radio and a GPS for company. While this could be a difficult career for someone with a family, people who want to get out on the open road and see a lot of different places would likely find satisfaction as a truck driver. All you need is a commercial driver's license and a high school diploma. [Learn more about this job]

Lab Technician

Lab Technician
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Working as a lab technician allows you to help diagnose patients without actually having to interact with them. A health care facility or laboratory will employ you to run tests on samples of fluids, tissues and other substances collected from patients. It's no place for squeamish individuals, but if you can stand dealing with blood, you'll get the solitude you're looking for in a quiet lab setting. [Learn more about this job]

Market Research Analyst

Market Research Analyst
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This data-focused job requires you to collect and analyze information on market conditions to determine sales potentials for products and services. You may have to prepare and present reports on your findings to company executives, but the majority of a market research analyst's job is done independently. A bachelor's degree and strong math and analytical skills are a must. [Learn more about this job]

Translator

Translator
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If you're fluent in a second language, you can work as a translator converting written documents from one language to another. Broadening international ties and an increase in the number of non-English speakers in the United States makes this a fast-growing field, with a projected growth rate of 42 percent by 2020, according to the BLS. Most translators are self-employed and work on projects for various clients. [Learn more about this job]

This article was originally published in 2013 and was updated Nov. TK, 2015.