Jobs for Introverts

Jobs for Introverts
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Introverts are a unique breed. They tend to put their heart and energy into everything, but sometimes this leaves them feeling drained – especially in the business world.

However, there is a job for every personality. Focus on finding a position that best suits your wants and needs as a worker. If you lean toward being an introvert, here are 18 potential jobs for you.

Conservation Scientist and Forester

Conservation Scientist and Forester
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As a conservation scientist or forester, 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 customers are vegetation rather than humans. [Learn more about this job]

Author

Author
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Introverts tend to crave solitude and quiet, meaning they seek opportunities to be alone with their thoughts. This bodes well for authors, whose imaginations are gateways to success. Channel those thoughts in your mind to create a unique story that you can either publish traditionally (through an agent and/or publisher) or self-publish. [Learn more about this job]

Airline and commercial pilot

Airline and commercial pilot
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As a pilot, you are entirely in control. You get to see new, exotic places and travel during off hours, meeting new people while also having time alone. All you need to get started as a commercial pilot is a high school diploma and moderate-term on-the-job training, along with a commercial pilot's license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). To be an airline pilot, you need a bachelor's degree and the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. The median pay for pilots is $105,720 per year. [Learn more about this job]

Film/Video Editor

Film/Video Editor
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After the chaos of filming a production, someone has to edit the content. It's sometimes considered the "dirty work" of the film industry, but for people who prefer to work at their own pace, it's the perfect job. You get the raw footage and can put your creative touches on the piece, often in the comfort of your own office or room. [Learn more about this job]

Social media manager

Social media manager, jobs for introverts
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Just because introverts need space from socializing does not mean they are in any way anti-social. In fact, many thrive in virtual social settings specifically, and are easily able to hold online conversations without the exhaustion of being around 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, jobs for introverts
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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 $95,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). [Learn more about this job]

Electrician

Electrician, jobs for introverts
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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]

Political scientist

Political scientist, jobs for introverts
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Political scientists conduct much 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 nearly $100,000 per year, but a master's degree or Ph.D. is required. [Learn more about this job]

Paralegal Lawyer

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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. 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. In this position, you get to communicate with your clients and deliver exactly what they're looking for. However, 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, allowing introverts time to recharge after speaking with clients. [Learn more about this job]

Technical Writer

Technical Writer
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If you have a good understanding of technology and can 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

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As an accountant, most of your day will be spent dealing with numbers, so it's a great job for independent workers with strong math and organization skills. Accountants and auditors examine statements and records, assess financial operations, and prepare tax documents for clients. [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 a dream job for those who enjoy driving for extended periods of time with the radio and a GPS. 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 through behind-the-scenes analysis. 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 29 percent by 2024, according to the BLS. Most translators are self-employed and work on projects for various clients. [Learn more about this job]

Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon.