Inside Jobs Blog
Top Ten Jobs for Introverts
June 11, 2013
If the thought of being front and center makes you want to curl up under your desk, you may be one of the 25% of introverted Americans.
Introverts aren’t necessarily shy—you’re just energized by solitary (instead of social) activities. And that means your an ideal candidate for jobs that involve independent work, complex problem solving, and concentrated creativity.
No job allows you to live in total isolation, but we’ve rounded up in-demand careers that let your inner introvert shine. Check out these top ten jobs for introverts:
1. Lab Technician
There’s nothing like a quiet lab to calm the mind and relax the body. Study the makeup of blood, analyze fingerprints, or help concoct new medications. As baby boomers get older, there’s an increasing need to diagnose medical conditions—and Lab Technicians are needed to use and maintain the equipment for diagnosis and treatment.
As a Translator, your workday includes hours of quiet solitude as you track down the perfect word or decipher the exact meaning of a technical phrase. With the rise of global business and a growing bi-lingual population, openings in this industry are expected to grow much faster than average—a gigantic 42% by 2020.
3. Long Haul Truck Driver
This job places you on the top rung of the introvert career ladder. Load your trailer, map your course, and set the radio to your favorite station. As the economy grows, more Truck Drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving—demand is expected to be at 21% through 2020.
4. Landscape Architect
Landscape Architects often work independently. To create outdoor environments that are both functional and beautiful, you’re frequently on your own, doing research, drafting models, and putting together cost estimates. This career field is expected to see a 16% growth by 2020.
5. Tax Accountant
Your introvert’s ability for problem solving and independent analysis, allows you to help people and organizations get their taxes filed easily and on time. Although there’s some time spent with clientele, you get to crunch most numbers all on your little lonesome. The need for expert Accountants and Auditors is going up—to the tune of 16% increase in job openings by 2020.
6. Graphic Designer
Graphic Designers combine art and technology—and you usually fly solo. Whether working freelance or employed by a big company, you’re more likely to be found in front of a computer screen (or blank page!), than face to face with other people. This is a highly competitive field, but in this age of visual communication, good Graphic Designers are in demand.
7. Private Investigator
In the ultimate fact-finding position, Private Investigators spend their days analyzing information, uncovering clues, and surveying people of interest. Your independent streak make this solitary career a good match. Heightened security needs mean this field is seeing an uptick in demand (21% to be exact).
A Geographers world revolves around researching the earth. Whether you’re analyzing data from satellite images, or developing a new geographical information system, your self-directed work requires concentration, strong analytical skills, and—lucky for you—not too many meetings. By 2020, the 35% increase in job opportunities for Geographers will primarily come from new government projects.
9. Animal Handler
Animal jobs are some of the best introvert jobs on the planet. Although you don’t work alone, your company doesn’t gossip about the other animals. Because this job has high turn-over (aka people moving on to other jobs), demand is high at 23%—which means you’ve got a great chance at getting this gig.
10. Computer Software Engineer
Introverts are well-suited to the job of a Computer Software Engineer—and many other computer science careers. You get to work solo to solve complicated technical problems. While you do need to handle project managers or clients sometimes, most of your day is spent staring at a computer screen. The outlook for this career is expected to be among the highest of all occupations, hitting 30% by 2020.