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The 10 Best Jobs for Introverts

Introverted people often enjoy spending time alone. While introverts can certainly succeed in careers that require a lot of customer interaction and group efforts, they probably won't be very happy there. If you prefer independent work with minimal outside distractions, these are the 10 of the best jobs for you.


10 Paralegal

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 and work behind the scenes 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]

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Medical Records Technician

9 Medical Records Technician

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 job is in the growing health care industry, so the chances of securing a job are high. [Learn more about this job]

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Graphic Designer

8 Graphic Designer

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 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about one-third of graphic designers are self-employed and work from home. [Learn more about this job]

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Technical Writer

7 Technical Writer

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 work in the computer and engineering industries, but other industries need technical writers as well. [Learn more about this job]

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6 Accountant

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]

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Computer Programmer

5 Computer Programmer

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]

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Long-Haul Truck Driver

4 Long-Haul Truck Driver

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]

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Lab Technician

3 Lab Technician

Working as a lab technician allows you to help diagnose patients without actually having to interact with them. You'll be employed by a health care facility or laboratory 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]

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Market Research Analyst

2 Market Research Analyst

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]

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1 Translator

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 U.S. 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]

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Nicole Fallon
Nicole Fallon

Nicole Fallon received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. She currently serves as the assistant editor. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.