Jobs for introverts

Jobs for introverts
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Introverts are often hardworking, passionate individuals with a need for space and downtime. 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 introversion, here are 16 potential jobs for you.

Craft and fine artist

Craft and fine artist
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If you have a creative eye and artistic talent, consider becoming a craft and fine artist. You can make pottery, glassware, textiles and more and earn a profit while doing so. This industry is good for independent, imaginative individuals who are willing to share their craft. [Learn more about this job]

Forensic science technician

Forensic science technician
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Many introverts would make great detectives because of their open-mindedness and attention to detail. Being a forensic science technician is a great idea if you prefer working behind the scenes. Forensic science technicians collect and analyze evidence, often in a laboratory setting. [Learn more about this job]

Photographer

Photographer
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Introverts often view the world differently from others. Their unique perspective can make for great photography, allowing others to see things from all angles. As a photographer, you can work independently or for a larger corporation – e.g., as a freelance photographer or real estate photojournalist. [Learn more about this job]

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 government 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 their gateways to success. Channel those thoughts 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. To be an airline pilot, you need a bachelor's degree and the Airline Transport Pilot certificate. The median pay for pilots is $105,720 per year. [Learn more about this job]

Film and video editor

Film and 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]

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. They present their work in reports for politicians, who rely on political scientists to help them make important decisions. The BLS states that median pay is nearly $100,000 per year, but it requires a master's degree or Ph.D. [Learn more about this job]

Paralegal

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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]

Graphic designer

Graphic designer
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Graphic design is an especially good career path for highly creative introverts. In this position, you can communicate with your clients and deliver exactly what they're looking for. However, the design work itself is done independently. This is especially true for freelance designers: 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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Most of an accountant's day is 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]

Lab technician

Lab technician
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Working as a lab technician, you'll help diagnose patients through behind-the-scenes analysis. A healthcare facility or laboratory employs 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 potential 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.