Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone


Introverts have unique strengths and abilities – as you’ll see in this list of the best jobs for introverts. I also included a quick personality test for people with introverted traits, to help with your job search.

“I’m glad you researched these career possibilities and job types,” said Zora in response to 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students. “But I wish you had defined introverted versus extroverted personality traits. Getting a job that pays well isn’t important to everybody. Some of us actually care what the best jobs for us are, like what jobs suit our personalities, likes, dislikes, character traits, values. Personally, I care about the company I work for and hope that I find work with an organization who cares about its employees and the environment.” I really appreciated Zora’s comment, and was happy to research the best jobs for introverts and people who like to be alone…

No matter how old you are, you will benefit by knowing what type of personality you have. But if you’re a teenager or young adult in your twenties, you’re at a definite advantage if you know something about your personality. Then, you can start young and look for jobs that suit who you are at your core. In this article I not only share the best jobs for introverts – I also describe what it means to have introverted personality traits.





If you’re an introvert, you’re in the minority! The majority of the world is extroverted – but doesn’t mean it’s “bad” to be an introvert.

What Is an Introvert?

“You’ll find introverts in all walks of life,” says Shoya Zichy, co-author of Career Match. “However, you’ll find that more of them seek professions such as biologists, engineers, computer programmers, economists, and writers. These occupations require that people spend more time alone rather than working in teams.”

After researching the “best jobs for introverts”, I realized that it’s always not a specific occupation that is most suitable for people with introverted personality traits. That said, however, some occupations (teacher, for example) definitely require more time with groups of people. That’s not good news for introverts, who love to be alone.

People with introverted personality traits:

  • Get energy from “down time”
  • Listen more than they speak
  • Prefer to speak with one or two people at a time (instead of several people, or a big group)
  • Are more detail oriented
  • Need more personal space
  • Are usually reserved
  • Wait to be approached in social situations
  • Are reflective and appear calm
  • Think before speaking or acting
  • Know a lot about a few topics
  • Enjoy working alone or with one person

Source of these introverted personality traits: Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz.

Job Search Tips for Introverts and Quiet People

Introverts often have a more difficult time promoting and selling themselves, which means getting hired for the best job may be more difficult. So, while you’re considering the best jobs for introverts, take time to learn a few job search tips.

Figure out how introverted you are

Most people have both introverted and extroverted personality traits. And, most people tend to be a little more one than the others…which is why taking a test for introverted personality traits is helpful! For instance, if you’re highly introverted, then you might want to focus on a job or career that allows you to be alone most of the time, focus on details, and avoid groups or energetic social situations. If you’re only moderately or just slightly introverted, then a more social job might work well.

If you’re not sure if you’re introverted, take this Test for Introverted Personality Traits. I’m definitely introverted, and found that it took a long time to accept and be comfortable with my personality. I love being alone, and I love writing all day long. I could go for a week without talking to anyone. That’s how I get my energy: being alone! And that’s how I know I’m an introvert. What about you – how do you know you’re an introvert? Do you know what type of job suits you best?

Get comfortable with your personality

Many shy, quiet people think they’re socially inept, weird, or antisocial.

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

Introverts don’t always realize that they’re simply drained by groups of people and that they process their thoughts differently than extroverts. The more you know about introverted personality traits – and the more comfortable you are with yourself – the easier it’ll be to settle into a career (and a life) you like. And, dealing with workplace stress and office politics will be easier if you have a little self-awareness and insight into how you tick.

If you feel uncomfortable being labelled as an introvert, read Famous Introverts – Actresses, Actors, Talk Show Hosts.

Persist in finding the best job for you as an introvert

This may seem like an obvious tip, but so many introverts are stuck in jobs that don’t suit their personality types. Maybe they became discouraged during their initial career search and gave up too quickly, or they let a family member or friend railroad them into the wrong type of work. Maybe their supervisor or sheer luck kept giving them job promotions, or they couldn’t afford to quit and look for different work.

Whatever the reason, it’s smarter to stay focused on finding the best job to match your introverted personality traits – no matter how long it takes – than to give up before achieving your professional goals.

Research specific companies and occupations – don’t just look for a job

In the list of jobs for introverts at the beginning of this article, Zichy mentioned writing as a career. While it’s true that many writing jobs allow for independence, a quiet work space, and attention to detail, it depends on where you work.

Career Tips for Quiet People

Best Jobs for Introverts and Career Tips for Quiet People

For example, if you’re a reporter for a big city daily newspaper, you’re not likely to have your own office and lots of quiet time (at least not at the beginning of your writing career!).

Finding the best job isn’t just about deciding that writing is a good job for you as an introvert. You need to take it a step further, and research the actual company you’re thinking of working for, the work or office environment you’ll be in, and the specific job you’ll be doing.

One of the best jobs for introverts is blogging or writing

If you’ve always wanted to write, read How Bloggers Make Money – From Ads to eBooks.

“I hope that you’re doing what you love for a living,” writes Nancy Ancowitz in Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead. “If not, I encourage you to take steps in that direction – or at least find a way to include activities that you enjoy during your personal time.”

Here are a few career tips for introverts and people who’d rather be alone…

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

First, are you an introvert? Take this test for introverted personality traits.

When I searched for “best jobs for introverts”, I didn’t find many lists of career opportunities. I found a few articles that describe Laurence Shatkin’s types of introverted personality traits. He’s the author of 200 Best Jobs for Introverts and says introverts can identify their perfect job by learning the type of introvert category they fit into.

Shatkin ’s “Types of Introverts”

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

So, if you’re an “artistic introvert”, you’d be happiest in a job that allows you to create art. The best jobs for people who are “social introverts” are those that balance people with working alone.

But instead of focusing on different types of introverts, I’d rather describe a few career categories that people who like to be alone would enjoy.

Self-employment, freelancing, or working from home

I’ve been working at home as a freelance writer for five years, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had. I love to be alone, love to write, and love being self-employed.

jobs for introverts

Best Jobs for Introverts

If you’re an introvert who has a skill (eg, writing, editing, graphic design, etc), the self-discipline or motivation to work independently, and the ability to invest a year or two in starting your business, then self-employment may be the best path for you.

If working from home is not the best job for you as an introvert, read How to Find a Job in South Africa – Tips for Expats 🙂

An online career is one of the best jobs for introverts

Can you support yourself as a blogger, web writer, data entry clerk, or social media expert? Those online jobs require minimal person-to-person interaction, and lots of alone time. Real Writing Jobs has several types of online job opportunities – not just writing.

Air traffic controller? If you don’t mind stress!

Here’s an interesting idea:

“As an air traffic controller, you don’t need to talk to anybody except the pilots under your control, and when you do, it’s very regimented, routine, and there is no superfluous dialogue,” says Andrew on What Would Be Ideal Jobs for Introverts? “There’s no dealing with the masses, it’s just you, the pilots, and maybe a half dozen other people (depending on your location) in your immediate vicinity. And communications with these colleagues are all business. No room for small talk when you’re responsible for the lives of hundreds of people at any given moment.”

Quick list of best jobs for quiet introverted people:

  • Truck driver
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • On air personality (radio DJ)
  • Internet technology or computer programming
  • Night cleaning person/janitor
  • Night watchman
  • Lab worker or researcher
  • Trades: carpenters, plumbers, landscapers
  • Science: geologist, pathologist, engineer, statistician, actuary
  • Finance: accountant, stock broker, bookkeeper

But the problem with suggesting particular jobs for introverts is that not everyone has those skills. For instance, an air traffic controller may work alone a lot, but she needs to know how to deal with high stress situations. I believe the best way for introverts to find a job is to find your passion, and then search for the circumstances that allow you to work at your passion alone.

Career Tips for Introverts

Remember that finding the right job isn’t just about being alone. It’s about figuring out what your strengths are, what you enjoy doing, and what makes you feel fulfilled.

Career Tips for IntrovertsSelf-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz is an important read for introverts who are searching for a job. Since you spend 40 hours a week at work, finding a career that suits your introverted personality is crucial to your health, happiness, and well-being. But first, you need to know how to get ahead despite your introverted personality traits.

best jobs for introvertsIn Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, Jennifer Kahnweiler explains that introverts may feel powerless in a world where extroverts seem to rule. But there’s more than one way to have influence and power! In this book, she describes how introverts can find the best ways to make a difference in the world and how to use their natural strengths to make a difference. Kahnweiler identifies six unique strengths of introverts and includes a Quiet Influence Quotient (QIQ) quiz to measure how well introverts are using these six strengths now.

Another book for job seekers with introverted personality traits is The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career.

Also, you’ll probably never find a job in which you’ll totally be left alone. Instead, you need to focus on finding a job that minimizes the time you spent with groups of people. This is good because you don’t necessarily want a job that totally isolates you. My job – a home-based freelance writer – is extremely isolating, and after five years I definitely have a touch of cabin fever. I’m starting to look for a part-time job outside of working from home. So, my fellow introverts, be careful what you wish for.

What do you think of these jobs for introverts and quiet people? I welcome your thoughts below…I can’t offer advice, but it might be fun for you to share your experience 🙂

May you find the career you’re looking for in this list of best jobs for introverts, and may your job search be effective and enjoyable!



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59 thoughts on “Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone

  • Laurie Post author

    Dear Gina,

    I had so much to say, I had to write a whole new article for you 🙂

    How to Find a Career for Introverts
    http://blossomtips.com/how-to-find-a-career-introvert-personality-introversion/

    And, did you notice that Sara – a reader whose comment can be found if you scroll down a little – is also studying to be a teacher? She was curious about the best jobs for introverts, and she’s worried about her student teaching as well. Read my response to her, because it’s what I’d say for you, too!

    I’m curious: what made you decide to study to be a teacher? Your reasons for going into education my outweigh any anxieties about being an introverted teacher…

  • Gina

    I am a severe introvert. Actually, I have more severe social anxiety than anything. I’m in school to be a special education teacher, but I have been having doubts lately about becoming a teacher. I don’t even think I’ll be able to even do my student teaching that I’ll have panic attacks. Right now I work as a home health aide for mentally challenged adults and I really like it. I work by myself without a boss around and I like caring for people. I like working one on one without other people around. I wish there was a career out there good for me to work one on one or by myself without anyone else around that I could make a decent living on. I don’t have good IT or math skills. Any thoughts as to what I should do?

  • rajashekar

    It is glad to know, most of the people are thinking, searching and confusing like me as an introvert to choose their career.
    I would always like to do things in different way, wanted to explore things. I would like to start many things.
    I suggest that “what do you want to do, Just start it”. It may fail, but at least you know how to start next one in right way.

  • Logan

    Glad to know there’s others going through the same sort of thing as I am. On top of being an introvert, my interests change constantly, making in even harder to find a suitable career path. In a matter of a few days I’ve gone from wanting to be an animator to a chef to an anthropologist to a writer to an archaeologist. It’s frustrating, to say the least.

    • Chinyere

      This is definitely the story of my life and it drives me crazy. Jobs are definitely oriented towards the extroverted and they’re too permanent. I have so many interests. How do I choose?

    • Vonetta

      I am having the same issues. I think over the years my personality has changed and it has a little bit of both extrovert and introvert (the business world forces you to become extroverted to an extent), but I find that I really do like being alone most of the time. I still do not like group meetings and situations along those lines. That being said, I have been struggling with finding my place in the business world. I have so many interest that I feel depressed half the time because I think I will never find a job/career that I love. I know I love history, reading, keeping a personal journal off and on over the years, and just learning different things. It’s frustrating thinking that I have finally found something that I want to do, but then have second thoughts because I think it will not make me happy as far as career- wise as well as a having that personal balance that I need. Most of the jobs that are for introverts pertain to science, math, or careers where multiple degrees are needed. At this stage in the game, it is too expensive to go back to school.

  • Laurie Post author

    Sara – I taught grade 8 for three years, and I learned that many teachers don’t like speaking in front of adults or big audiences, but they love teaching! You may find that teaching isn’t like making a speech or doing a presentation.

    Also, you need to give yourself time to practice. Like anything, it may very well be awkward and uncomfortable the first few days or even weeks of student teaching…but you need to work your way through that. Don’t let it stop you! You WILL get through it and you WILL get really good at it. It’ll just take time. And that’s the whole point of being a student! You’re learning how to be a teacher.

    Here’s an article I wrote on overcoming performance anxiety:
    How to Get Over Stage Fright – 6 Best Tips for Introverts
    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blog/how-to-get-over-stage-fright-best-tips-for-introverts/

    About being an introvert…is teaching the best job for you? I think the only way to find out is to try it. Get the practical experience, and see how it fits your personality.

    I’m an introvert, and I didn’t like teaching. But I know other teachers who are introverts, and they just take lots of time for themselves on weekends and in the evenings because they need to recharge. They love teaching, and for them it’s worth it.

    All that said, though…you need to listen to the still small voice inside of you. Keep going in the direction of your dreams until you know it’s time to take a different route. But don’t let fear stop you from taking chances in life!

  • Laurie Post author

    Lily – have you tried blogging? Getting published is extremely difficult, even for already-published authors! Blogging is a great way to get your writing out there, and even make a few dollars in the meantime 🙂

  • sara aras

    Im really worried! I am studying primary teaching currently at university, and I love playing with children but I am nervous when it comes to speaking in front of like 30 children and especially supervisors!!
    I haven’t actually done the practical experience yet (i will do it this year soon) but I have a feeling, my face will go red. I tend to stumble on words when I am nervous and I am afraid if the children say something mean or nasty I will break down and lose focus 🙁 I know I sound like a kid, but this sometimes happens when I speak, because of a bad experience I had in high school.

    I also keep having doubts about teaching as it does not fit with who I am. I mean I am a funny person and can be talkative and bubbly, but thats only with people that I am close to or when I have my crazy days.

    Is anyone facing the same situation?

    • Meredith

      I am an introvrrt and I have found that Toastmasters is very helpful in developing my public speaking abilities. I am also shy, but after two years I have become much more confident in front of people and I even led a Toastmasters meeting last week. I suggest that you give Toastmasters a try. The link is http://www.toastmasters.org.

      Meredith

  • Lilly

    Been trying to publish my 40 books since I was a teen. it’s hard but i just think there is nothing for me to do in this world.

  • Janice

    I became teary eyed when I read this article and saw the comments. It is so good to know that there are more people out there that are just like me.

    I’m 47 years old and it has taken working at a job in a high pace customer service environment for me to come to terms with the fact, although I’ve felt this way awhile, that I would rather be alone than providing ANY TYPE of customer service.

    I wish I would have known about how ones personality influences what type of job one should pursue when I was just starting out but because I did not, I feel that I’ve wasted a good portion of my life.

    I want to thank you for the encouragement to pursue my passion of photography, reading and writing which I hope to turn into a career…wish me luck!

  • Stephanie

    I am an introvert and work as an assistant teacher for elementary students, and as much as I enjoy working with children, I still hate my job. 🙁
    It’s not so much that the children drain me (they do demand a lot of energy), but the teachers and staff are draining. I feel like whenever something wrong happens, I am treated like it’s my fault or that I did it on purpose. I feel very underestimated on my job and I hate it. They never acknowledge the good things that I do and only focus on the bad.
    I can’t quit because I need the money. I’ve been frantically job hunting but I can’t seem to find anything new to try on.
    I do have an artistic side, but I graduated from college in teaching, so if I go out of this career, I’ll have to do odd jobs and I really don’t want that.
    I’m really stuck. :/

  • BeverlyPasco

    hi, I’m Beverly 🙂
    i found out that i am also an introvert after reading those signs.. ha ha.. and it all matches based on my behaviors and habits 🙂
    i mostly like being alone rather than talking in a group of people..
    I’ve already work on a fast food but i don’t like my work there, a cashier.. i don’t like the environment too.. because it was so noisy..
    i’m a type of person that love to be alone in a quiet place.. so i quit that job, now i have already found the job that i really love.. I am working on a private company as a cashier, and i really love the environment.. I am alone most of the time..

  • Stephen

    Being an introvert can be a huge challenge. You look around and it appears as if the norm is for humans to enjoy being in groups. That alone makes us feel like outcasts. I once had a professor suggest that I don’t hate people, it’s the things they do that I hate. She was correct. Introverts worry more than most about how their words or actions could affect those around them but since the majority of us are not introverts, we see a lot of devil may care people doing or saying things that we would never do or say. Admittedly, I use alcohol to help me open up but that’s problematic because I could drink everyday but that’s not a healthy solution. The person I want to be is the person I am when I’ve had a few drinks. I just wish there was a healthier option to achieve that.

    • Daniel

      man i thought i was alone in thinking that way about alcohol and opening up. That was quite a shock to see the opinion i’ve had about drinking written by another.

      In fact, sometimes when i see people who are naturally just more open I think “do they have a hip flask or something? cos i would need to be either quite pissed or around close friends to be that open”. I could go to a party where i don’t know anyone if i had a few drinks easily, but when sober i usually get quite anxious, almost to the point of getting the shakes. Though that’s something you learn to hide with a smile. Honestly i just thought it was something i’d grow out of, but i’m starting to accept it’s probably just the way i am, and always will be.

      Ah well, was nice to see someone of the same opinion at least.

  • Louis

    OMG, this article really help me to learn more about myself. I remember how it feels when I was surrounded by a bunch of extroverts in high school life, trying to blend in more by changing the way I act is the hardest thing ever, I often feel exhausted after gatherings or activities although it was fun. Now i know that there is nothing wrong to be an introvert, it will be difficult if we go against our nature, I am happy now that I found a job that can allow me to work at home and also provide good income. By the way , I am a taurus too, and have all the signs such as reserved, quiet, down to the earth…

  • Kathy

    My passion is animals. I never went to vet school, something I regret, but now I work in a vet clinic kennel. It’s in the background. I take care of the animals. There is very little interaction with co-workers, which is great, although I would prefer even less interaction. It isn’t the highest paying job out there, but I’m willing to give up high pay for a job I love, and I am able to live on it. I was born to work with animals. Every time I see a test on introversion, I take it out of curiosity to see if they all come out the same. Every single one ends up saying I am 97% introvert. So, yes, I am a hermit. I value alone time. I live with 6 dogs and a cat, no humans, and it’s heaven.

  • Laurie Post author

    I find that the older I get, the more I love my job working alone as a writer! My introverted personality traits are definitely becoming stronger with time, not weaker.

  • Hinata

    Hi I am also an introvert. I’m a Registered Nurse in my own country and forcing myself to work in a Hospital. I love to serve but I am handling 50patients every shift and that’s okay. The problem is my schedule, I almost work almost 16hours a day and I need to interact with a lot of people every time, when I got home, I don’t have enough time to get a rest. It’s really hard for me since I am missing my me-alone-time. It really drained my energy and I was afraid that I cannot give a quality care to my patients if I continue with my job. Can someone please help me find a job? I’m really desperate, I disappointed my parents. I’m 27 and still can’t find the right job for me. 🙁

    • Jerry

      My mother is a nurse also, and introvert. She works in home-care. It’s not nearly as hectic as working in a hospital and she travels by car to see her patients. I’m sure there are other types of nursing settings you can work in besides a hospital. I am looking at going to nursing school myself. And I’m also an introvert. I would want to do home-care nursing too, not a hospital setting.

    • Diane

      I worked in health care for many years and there are so many other directions you can go. Since I don’t know what country you are in I won’t be able to speak to that directly. I was QA/support staff, support staff as a Ward Clerk, Receptionist, and Medical Records staff in a large facility. I liked the quietness of the Med Rec office the most in the large facility. I also worked in Home Health as a PCA-it was nice and quiet one-to-one patient care and nurses are always needed. I enjoyed Residential Care as well and it was a very small facility. The nurse there worked part-time and was paid very well. Don’t give up-you’re not a failure. You just haven’t found your place yet. Keep looking!

  • Anna

    Hi, I am somewhere in the middle I think. I find it difficult to express my self at some point but I sometimes like talking to people. I am a consulting for Performance Improvement in a government sector. I realized that no matter how much I prepare for presentations, not everything that I plan to actually come out the way I want. At the end of the workshop I fell like I did not do much even though my colleagues and audience says” that was a good presentation”. I am currently studying toward an honors Degree in Industrial Psychology. I decided to enroll for this qualification because I thought I might learn more about my personalty when I do causes like Career Psychology. I found these topics interesting and praise myself for passing them so well but sometimes i think I am in the path. please i need some advice.

  • Dmytro

    I’m 100% introvert. I work as industrial engeneer. I don’t like my job. There are a lot of talks with personal but i need silence. I began to study web developing in 32 and i hope it will be my future job

  • Ed

    One great job for introverts is lighthouse keeper. Unfortunately, this job doesn’t pay well, if at all. Many of the lighthouse keeper jobs are on a volunteer basis.

  • Laurie

    I just recently returned from two weeks away from my solo writing job. I was with people almost constantly for the entire two weeks, and I needed two whole weeks to unwind and restore my energy! I knew it would be difficult for me to be with people for two whole weeks…but I had no idea it would take me so long to get my energy back.

    That’s why I’m glad I have one of the best jobs for introverts and quiet people: blogging! 🙂

    • Jerry

      I’ve been told I’m a good writer by several people, judging by my lengthy Facebook posts. Many have said I should be a writer. I’m an introvert also. But how do you get into blogging and get paid for it? I have no idea where to begin. Any advice?

  • lika

    I am an introvert but I also am an extrovert I guess. I’m not the one who gravitates towards psychology labels and cliches so I think everybody is different it can’t be just this or that. I always wanted to be in the music business, but when it was time to apply for school my mom suggested that I should be realistic with my choices in order to have a “cushion” in the form of education and professional background in something other than music.

    And so it happened, I went to study economics and business management in tourism and hospitality. I gained a broad knowledge of business in general and I’ve got a good education. I feel I became more introverted when I moved to US. To cut the long story short I am an abstract painter, I enjoy and appreciate most forms of artistic expression acting included.

    As far as performance goes though it varies I enjoy attention sometimes but I also have a deep anxiety in front of the audience and part of it is because sometimes you can see when I am nervous. Literally you can see it my chest turns red and it ruins the experience for me because that’s what’s being noticed and commented on and I don’t like when that happens. I used to have private vocal coaches and ended up studying acting as well for a period of time and recently I’ve been learning to play the instruments on my own. Well, I could write a book. I’ll try again to cut it short.

    Currently I am a FRont DEsk Agent aT the biggest hotel property in LA. OMG! If I had a health insurance I would be on anti depressants every single day. I can’t stress this enough. MY job beats the soul out of me and I am not exaggerating. I can’t drink write now since I’ve been sick but I do drink alcohol every other day when I am not sick. I can not quit my job. I can not afford to. It pays very well but boy swear the God sometimes want to never wake up again. If you never worked at the FD at the busy property you don’t know the exact meaning of “I hate people”. There is no such thing as “make some time for art”. No. Period.

    As my introverted part tells me well tmw I have to be there again and guess what your creative voice and your creative freedom is shut down within a second. Decent temp agency in LA is the next stop, this one is hard to come across. If you know if one pls let me know.

  • Sue

    So nice to read these posts…I am also an introvert, at the age of 39 I am only now starting to get to the point of feeling comfortable in my own skin…and also being proud of who I am!
    I have been stuck in a hum-Drum clerical job for years now, but I find peace and solitude in my spare time, where I draw and paint (when not taking care of my 2 beauttiful girls). My husband is the opposite of me, a complete extrovert, but keeps me balanced and even pushes me to get out there more than if I were alone. I think we all need someone to give us a little push now and again, even though it tends to go against our own intuition and better judgement a lot of the time. I still do strive to find the perfect job for me, which would be to work completely independently, alone with my own thoughts and ideas, and to rid myself of excess drama and bull$@&%!! Go introverts!

  • M@rk

    Loved your info on Best Jobs for I’s. I’ve been pursuing Night Custodian/Janitor & Delivery Driver for years, knowing they are a Perfect Fit for me. I was a Courier before & Loved it! Some times other people have other ideas of what you’re capable of based on IQ & other tests that Really mean Nothing to Quiet Introverts like me! Through the years, I’ve done some writing & currently am waiting for another Driver or Janitor Career to work out. (God willing!!!) Thanks & Take Care! Blessings to You. . .

  • Laurie Post author

    Congratulations on getting halfway through your college degree, Gina! That’s awesome – a huge accomplishment, especially while you were also building a marriage and creating and raising new little people 🙂

    It’s interesting to get your perspective on being an introvert in a boisterous family. Definitely, it would change how you see your personality and lifestyle! Introverts would be a bit out of place in a family of extroverts.

    About changing careers in your late thirties: when I was 41, I went back to school to get my Master of Social Work (MSW). Many people go back to school in their middle adulthood, and I found it was more valuable because I was there because I actually cared about learning. When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I wasn’t into education for education’s sake. I have no regrets about going back to school.

    Here’s a post I wrote about it:
    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blog/should-i-go-to-grad-school-for-a-master-of-social-work-msw/

    And about blogging – I’ve written several articles about making money as a blogger and writer! Here’s one to get you started:
    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blog/overcoming-obstacles-starting-a-blog/

    Blogging is by far and away the best job I ever had. After I spent two years getting my MSW, I came back to blogging because I love it so much. I thought I’d go into social work, but found myself drawn back to writing as a job.

    I hope this helps a little!

  • Gina C.

    Thank you so much for writing and providing all of this info on introverts. My entire life I’ve struggled-thinking that I’m just not a nice person or that for some reason people don’t like me. I grew up in a boisterous Italian/Irish family where everyone’s level of happy conversation was shouting to yelling. Luckily, I have married an incredible man who is a stable balance of social introvert. And for the first time in my life I have, what seems like a luxury, the opportunity to pursue my passions, and a meaningful career. The only trouble is that I’ve spent 35 years surviving and have no idea what to do. I feel overwhelmed, and lost…
    Currently, I’m a stay-at-home mom who cares for our two toddlers, so getting time to myself is a real challenge. The other double-edged sword is that our kids are ready for preschool (hurray!), but I need to work to help afford sending them to school (Oye!). My lifelong dream has been to be the first woman in my family to get a college degree (2 years left). I love academia and learning, but feel too old to pursue a PhD and career as a professor. I love writing, and blogging is appealing to me, but how do folks make money doing this? And I’ve been working on building a portfolio to be a freelance writer and/or contributor to health/fitness and parenting magazines.
    Has anyone else started or changed careers in their mid to late thirties? Is 37 years old too old to go the Phd route?

  • Tina J

    I too am an introvert. I currently work as a Physical Therapist Aide, and I just got accepted into the Physical Therapy Assistant program. I want to become a physician because I really want to treat patients. Just thinking about being around patients all makes me crazy. I get anxious, sweaty and my heart begins to beat very fast. People are always telling me how quite I am and I hate it. I just like to listen more because I hate to say something that is wrong or not true. I am married and I like to be alone. I thank God for my husband because he knows I need a LOT of time to think before I do anything. But, I am learning to accept myself for the way that I am.

  • Jason

    I am a 27 yr old man who is currently in the midst of a training course to become an outdoor activities instructor. Throughout my adult years I have struggled to maintain an outgoing approach to life. I am completely exhausted by the external pressures of life. Almost every job ive had has been in the service industry one way or another. I am often critisized for being too quiet and come accross as arrogant or rude. I dread goinf to work each day because of this. Im always tired and rqrely feel energized. Even going to the supermarket wears me out completely. I should quit my job tomorrow but desperation keeps me going. I hate being introverted in todays world.

  • Laurie Post author

    Kristian,

    Thanks for your comments on these “best jobs for introverts”, and for posting this article on your Facebook page.

    I was the same way when I worked in different social service jobs – I didn’t like the gatherings and office parties at all. Taking one-to-one was fine, but it was too loud to be with a huge group of people.

    But….if you’re considering a career change from avionics tech to writing music….the best time to do it is when you’re young! Major changes like that are much more difficult when we’re older, with mortgages and kids and fears that hold us back.

  • kristian

    i am an avionics tech and i tend to work alone or at most, with two persons. i hate it when people say i should attend company or department parties/gatherings. i feel too surrounded and they are too loud for me. i just want to leave this company and work alone. but still, i have to think of other options. it’s not the job that i don’t like. it’s just the people’s perception – it seems like they are expecting me to be the same as them.

    i don’t think i can be anywhere in the list because it is either low-paid or requires a degree-holder at least maybe in our country. also, some needs a good network of people which i don’t have. haha.. i can see writing songs as an option but i think i would need to know some personalities in the industry.

    maybe i’d be better off with my current job for now.

  • Laurie Post author

    I think one of the best jobs for introverts is writing. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and feel like I never want to work with people in a full-time capacity again. Unless I have my own office, and can work independently 🙂

    The more I learn about introverted personality traits, the more I learn about myself.

  • Carley Kwick

    I am also an introvert and I just started working at a deli yesterday and I just don’t think I’m going to like it because I get really nervous when I have to talk to people I don’t know. I want to be a photographer for a sporting event but I only have my high school diploma and I don’t have my license but I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to take working at this job.

  • B Regina

    I am so grateful to have found this site. I am a true introvert, unemployed and looking for the right career. I used to work as a lab scientist and was part of a mass layoff in 2009. I realize now how much I loved working alone. Next, I spent a few years as a stay at home wife/mom and in 2013, switch careers to Nursing. Don’t like it. Wrong career choice ?. I love working with patients; one on one but there is too much drama, backstabbing, chatter, large groups and people who tell you when to eat, go to the restroom, switch your work schedule at a moments notice, etc. I just couldn’t handle it anymore. Seeking peace and being true to myself. Feels great!

  • Drew

    Also I have a real job I found for introverts this summer. Its seasonal but I really enjoyed it. Its meter inspections for a utility company. All you do is drive around in the comfort of your own vehicle. (Mileage paid) and paint and take photos of gas meters on a provided electronic device. 10 hr shifts m-f $12hr. You only have to talk to people once or twice a month when you are audited. Contact your utility provider and see who its contracted to in your area. Great job but seasonal. Everyone should share if they find jobs that sound too good to be true, but are.

  • Drew

    The job list should also be different for male and female introverts. A male doing some jobs would only bring more attention same for female. Example…I would like to be a barista but I dont want to look gay either. Barista is a female dominant skill that would be great for a female introvert working in a drive through stand with no one looking over your shoulder. Work fast and efficient to get drinks made quick and properly. Get tips to act fake nice to people. If your going to have to talk to people you might as well get paid.

  • Drew

    Good stuff.. but I disagree with the carpenter or any construction industry job being good for an introvert considering most are A-holes. Whats worse than people to an introvert than rude A-hole people that talk before they think or just to try to ruff your feathers. Bad bad.

  • Lefa

    I am an introvert, I have a degree in Human Resource Management and currently doing an internship and i have realised that i tend to listen than speaking in a meeting unless been talked to. Again i enjoy spending time alone and i talk a lot when with someone i am comfortable with but if a group of people can join us and engage, i tend to withdraw and talk less. Am i in the corrent career and how should i identify my strengths that will make me thrive in the workplace?

  • Nadia

    Thank you for the great article, I am am introvert and currently working in a stressful customer facing job which completely drains me of energy by the end of the day, I’m looking for a job where I can work with small groups of people or even with animals but nothing like the typical office/desk jobs, something more exciting but I’m still yet to discover what that is

  • Chloe

    I am an introvert, and currently in college. I’ve been looking and looking for work, but none of what’s available is for me! I know working at a register would involve interacting with people, plus the fear of not counting the money correctly or taking too long to count it adds pressure to doing the job perfectly. But I think freelance writing would be perfect for me because I love to write, and I don’t have to be around people, at least not all the time. Thank you for this list! 🙂

  • Abdul Qadir

    Hello. I’m definitely a introvert I feel as though we are unique people, highly motivated maybe even over achievers & people take advantage of us because we’re quiet, humble hard workers who just want to be left the hell alone & do our jobs without the unesseccary drama. Peace & respect to all introverts.

  • Rachel

    I enjoyed reading your article, but was disappointed to see you promoting Real Writing Jobs as there are many reviews online that say it is a scam. Why have you mentioned it in your blog?

  • Joy

    I am a definite introvert but enjoy one on one time with children. I’m a special education teacher who is burnt out from all the stress. I would like a small environment with low stress. Having a hard time finding this with my education background. I also have a degree in biology but do not enjoy working in a lab.

  • Sane

    Thanks that was very helpful, I am an Introvert. I hv chosen a wrong career. Im in the hospitality industry, and hv been for 7years. Im not happy at all. I feel like its too late to start over. I like to read a lot, i spend most of my spare time reading if im not work.

  • Alison

    Thank you for your tips, they are really helpful. I am highly introverted and I am looking to return to the work force part time after 8 years being home with the kids (not that great for an introvert but in line with my values, hehe). I think if I can find a job working alone or within a small group, I may still have a little bit of energy left for the family chaos in the evenings! I will have a look at the books you have suggested.

  • Josh

    My grandad was an introvert who became an accountant for TopShop, Dorothy Perkins, Greenwoods, he is now retired and he now has an introvert grandson who wants to be an air traffic controller or follow in his footsteps as an accountant, I was going to study law but I am too shy to do so

  • Laurie

    One of the best jobs for introverts is on-call or relief work, if you can get it. I just started working relief shifts at a transition house for women fleeing domestic violence in North Vancouver, and think it’s perfect for introverts! Relief and on-call work allows you to work when you feel like it…..but you have to have the financial freedom to not have a full-time job. This, I admit, is not the case for 99% of the working population.

  • Angela

    Thanks for this valuable information. I’m definately an introvert. I am currently unemployed and searching for the right career choice for me.

  • Laurie

    Amanda,

    Thank you for being here – it’s always great to hear from a fellow introvert! Biology sounds like a great job for someone with introverted personality traits, because it gives you time alone. And if you’re working on things you love, you’ll be doubly happy in your career.

    Best of luck with your school; may the learning come easy and the lessons be light.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Amanda Bryant

    Like yourself I am also an introvert. Need I say that I am very quiet and reserved as well. Some people love it others hate it. We are unique individuals. I find peace in solitude. Large groups of people is mentally draining. I’m currently working and in school. I will b we happy 2 hen U graduate, and get into the career that I love, a Biologist. This all a learning experience for me, through the grace of God I will make it through.