Think to yourself, what kind of job would I be most comfortable in? Being an introvert and probably shy, your answer is probably something along the lines of, “not much interaction with others.” Or maybe even, “being independent with minimal customer interaction.”
Finding a decent job can be a hard endeavor by itself and you probably know that by now. But trying to find good jobs for introverts can add an extra level of difficulty to the process. Especially when you don’t really know what is out there and available for the quiet type.
This post is for you, the introvert, to give you some guidance on where exactly you can go in your work life, and maybe even build an amazing career for yourself if you so desire.
Just to tell you in advance that I am going to break the list into a couple different categories so you can skip to the one that is going to be most relevant for you.
Some of you are going to be looking for a full time career that will suit you, while others may be looking for more entry level jobs. So, if you are just joining the work force, or simply just want to find a more comfortable job and career, I’ve got you all covered.
So with that being said, the jobs I’m going to share in this post are ones that are highly practical to a real introvert. I’ve seen a ton of posts about jobs for introverts, and in reality they either are hard to get into or they simply aren’t introvert friendly. So, with all of you in mind, I’ve created this practical list with some of the best jobs for introverts.
Now, let’s get into the list!
Entry Level Jobs for Introverts
I thought it would be best if I start of with the entry level type jobs for you introverts that are just about to join the real work force. So whether you just graduated high school or college, this part of the list should suit you just fine!
Also before we start, for this first set of jobs I am not listing specific jobs, as entry level positions are endless due to all the different fields you can get a degree in. These are just things that are in a lot of different fields, and that you may be able to easily get a job in if you have a degree in a specific field.
1. Online Support Representative
Finding a job as an online support representative in your field will be a great way to avoid all that real life human interaction. Of course you will still be talking to people, but typically this is through a live chat or email and you really don’t ever come face to face with many people.
Literally almost any field you may want to have a job in will have assistant positions available. The thing with being an assistant is this; you are still going to interact with people, but not nearly as many as the person you are working for does.
Assistants simply help out with tasks for other people, and that is about it. So, if you can get comfortable around a few people then this may be something you really should consider.
Are you good at writing, programming, or anything in-between? You could even freelance data-entry work, and it can all be done online.
This one will take a bit longer to be able to start bringing in a livable income as you need to build a client list. But, you can do it all online with sites like freelancer.
Go check out the job offerings they have, and if you see something you can do, then maybe you should give it a go!
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Good Careers For Introverts
For this category of jobs, you really don’t need to already have a degree in anything to get the job. Hopefully this will be most useful for those who don’t have a degree, but are willing to work there way up in a decent career.
4. Deliver Mail
The most notable delivery services that I am referring to are USPS, UPS, and FedEx. Although you don’t need a degree, you will need to be able to pass some tests and be a very good driver.
This is definitively something to look into considering it can be a rather high paying job, and I know even introverts want high paying jobs.
5. Truck Driver
Although you will probably need a license for this, it is very similar to delivering mail. Low person interaction, and you are on the road a lot.
The benefit of this over delivering mail is you don’t need to keep getting out of the truck to drop off packages every minute. So if you are super lazy, you might want to drive a truck over delivering mail (no I’m not calling truck drivers lazy!).
6. Janitorial Work
You’ve got to get creative with this one. Where do people hire janitors? The movies, schools, the list literally goes on and on.
Janitors often work with a few other people but your interaction with others will be minimal compared to other jobs in the building.
7. Data Entry
Ew.. I know it sounds gross, but often times you can do this type of work from home. You can do medical data entry, customer data entry, and so on.
Look at it if this is something you wouldn’t mind doing, be prepared to get bored though!
8. Tax Preparer
A lot of places need people when tax season comes, and typically they train you rather quickly on how to do the job.
If you are up for working on other peoples taxes, give this one a go!
9. Garbage Truck Driver
This is rather similar to delivering mail, but instead of delivering mail to homes, you are picking up their trash.
Again, driving a garbage truck can be a very good career choice as it tends to be high paying.
10. House Painting
You can either start your own house painting business, or start working for someone who already has one.
All you do is get a job, get the details, and paint. Not many people will try to talk to you while you are busy on a ladder, two stories up. Well, at least I hope no one would.
11. Customer Service Center
Are you willing to answer the phone and talk to the occasional angry customer on the phone? If so, maybe you should find a job at a customer service center.
Part Time Jobs For Introverts
Maybe you are still in school and either can’t get your dream job just yet, or you are just looking for another job that isn’t so stressful for you. The following list will be of much help to the people who are looking for part time positions.
12. Cook / Kitchen Work
Instead of being on the front line serving food, how about being behind the scenes working at your own station? You’ll only have to deal with other employees, and that can get really easy once you are comfortable around them.
13. Stock shelves
Almost any retail store has this position available, and you barely interact with people.
If you want to go a step further and can do it, be a night time stocker. This way, it’s just you and the store (and maybe a few fellow employees).
14. Clean homes
Willing to clean other peoples homes? If you can deal with that, you should start applying to some cleaning companies and hopefully, you can get a rather simple and limited interaction job.
15. Cart Pusher
Your local grocery store, retail stores, and really anyplace that uses a lot of carts will typically have a designated cart pusher. All they do is bring carts in the entire shift, so you really don’t have much interaction with people.
16. Anything Night shift
Really any job that is during the night will typically have a lot less interaction with others. So if you are a night owl and can handle this lifestyle, look for a night shift job to work.
Other Amazing Job Ideas
Well, so far I’ve tried to create a few groups of some amazing, yet very practical job ideas for you introverts. But, there are so many more and so that is what is going to be listed here. Sure, I could of kept grouping them in separate sections, but I’m sure you just want to get to the ideas, so here we go..
17. Animal care and Services
Love animals but not people? Working with animals could be a very soothing experience, and hey, you might even open up to people if you feel comfortable being with animals all around you.
18. Web Developer / Programmer
If you love tech stuff, maybe you should consider working in the field. You might have to learn a lot before you can get a job, but it is well worth it and often times only work in small teams at most. And on top of that, you create pretty awesome stuff!
19. Medical Transcriptionist
To sum it up, this job requires you listening to medical voice recordings and writing down all everything that is said. It is similar to data entry, but specific to the medial field. Typically you can even work from home, so that is a huge plus!
20. Factory Jobs
This could be a ton of different things. From working on the main production line to supervising, and so on. Factories can be loud, so you will always have an excuse if you don’t want to talk to someone.
Ever see those guys on the side of the road surveying the ground? Pretty simple, and these types of jobs are even well paid if you find the right employer.
22. Social Media Manager
If you find yourself a wiz when it comes to generating buzz online, maybe you can earn some money doing it for others. Small, medium, and large businesses pay hefty amounts for this and the industry is huge. Just be good and have a track record and you will start doing something you find fun (and get paid for it!).
23. Business owner
You might be thinking: what?! Are you crazy?!
So while I understand that as a business owner you are going to have to talk to and deal with others, the amount of interaction depends on how you setup your business model. Interet based? You will most likely deal with a lot of emails rather than in-person meetings. Just remember, if you are an entrepreneur don’t let your introvert personality keep you back! Go for it, seriously.
24. Private Chef
Enjoy cooking but don’t want to deal with anything more than a couple people? Try landing a client or two that will pay you to cook for them. This way, you only have to get comfortable with a few people and heck; do what you love!
I guess this goes back to owning a business, and while this is technically a “job” but it can still be way to generate income for yourself. Think about the things that you love, know a lot in, and could write about for DAYS. Have something in mind? Go blog about it and let the world know who is the next big thing in your industry! 🙂
This sort of ties into freelancing, but it can be done as a professional job or career as well. Ghostwriting is basically the process of writing under someone elses name (or brand). It’s kind of like being on the back of everyone and being literally like a ghost. Sounds fun to me.
27. Personal driver
You can be that quite driver that everyone passively appreciates (but won’t say it). Either start off with something like Uber, or try getting into a solid position at a private driver firm.
Know multiple languages like the back of your hand? Translating services that are done right can be paid very well. Finally, those 4 languages school taught you will come to use!
29. Financial advisor
Know anything about finances, stocks, or the related? People pay a good commision to those who make their finances grow. Warning: must love numbers for this one!
30. Anything remote work
In addition to this list, really anything that can be done remotely can be an easy way to avoid stressful coworkers or situations we typically find ourselves in that we otherwise wish not to be in. Working remotely can be a tough one to get into, but if you find a way then it is something to cherish for sure.
31. I need YOUR suggestions
This list is never ending, and I plan to keep adding to it as more ideas come to mind. So, please do me (and really everyone) a favor by commenting some introvert job ideas down below. Thank you! 🙂
That about sums it up for the best jobs for introverts list. But, since this is a personal development blog, I’ve really made this post in hopes of helping some of you fellow introverts out there.
I want you to take this list with a grain of salt, at least for those of you who know what they want. If you know what you want, whether you are introverted or not, go get it. Don’t settle for anything less, especially when you already know what you want to do in life.
Sure, some things may get in the way from your introverted personality; but there is always a way around it.
If you want to own a business, do it. Yeah, you are going to run into situations you won’t want to deal with (like making phone calls or attending meetings), but once you overcome it a few times it will be easy as pie.
Don’t let being an introvert be a defining factor in your life, instead let it be a driving factor. Introverts are known for their creativity, dedication, and intellect; so use it to your advantage. And this doesn’t just go for introvert entrepreneurs; it goes for anyone! Want to be a CEO of a big company (or even small)? Go do it! Want to be a writer? Go do it! Whatever it is, know your skills and know where you lack skills and do what you do best.
Lastly; for those who need some advice on overcoming general shyness, I’ve put toegether a post on the topic over on the blog. I think it might be of use to some people out there that simply want to overcome shyness in general!
With that said…
Have any other job or career ideas for your fellow introverts? Comment them down below, I’d love to hear what else there is that I may have missed.