Ten Jobs for Introverts

Jobs for IntrovertsBy Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder

As an introvert, finding a position where you can really shine while working on individual projects can seem challenging. But with some research, you'll find plenty of positions where your skills and personal contributions are valued. Many jobs include opportunities for some teamwork as well as the kind of independent work that allows introverts to recharge. No matter which industry you consider, companies are eager for self-starters who are able to work independently.

Here are 10 great jobs for introverts:

1. Software engineer

Average annual salary: $97,581*

Analytical in nature, most software engineers enjoy the opportunity to figure out complicated solutions on their own. The option to work on a consulting basis is another perk of the position. Engineers also enjoy the challenge of their job since they must constantly learn new technologies and keep skills up-to-date.

-- Find software engineer jobs

2. Pharmacist

Average annual salary: $117,475

For those with introverted personalities, a pharmacy offers plenty of time for introspection but isn't a job that's entirely closed off from people -- most pharmacists still must deal with patients on a daily basis. Many pharmacists also appreciate the contemplative and life-changing nature of their work.

-- Find pharmacist jobs

3. Accountant

Average annual salary: $59,159

With plenty of time to figure out complex problems, many accountants love their time alone while poring over spreadsheets. The analytical nature of the position and the constant challenges make it a great fit for introverts. Accounting also requires impeccable attention to detail because even small mistakes can significantly hurt clients.

-- Find accounting jobs

4. Paralegal

Average annual salary: $62,853

Paralegals often draft contracts, do research and sift through records. The job is rewarding for those who love research and don't need the buzz of constant interaction with a team. Since some guidance is provided, the career is a great stepping-stone to other areas of the legal field.

-- Find paralegal jobs

5. Graphic designer

Average annual salary: $60,311

Often working flexible hours, graphic designers work individually to finish creative projects for various clients. Most designers relish the creativity that the field brings and do their best work almost entirely on their own. Graphic designers value the intersection of art and technology that the career brings.

-- Find graphic design jobs

6. Artist

Average annual salary: $43,984

Without managers or co-workers peeking over your shoulder, artists of any type relish working alone and producing one-of-a-kind work. Most of their interaction with others comes when the work is ready for display or to be put up for sale, so sales skills are a must.

-- Find artist jobs

7. Translator

Average annual salary: $56,266

The autonomy that comes with translating languages can be a draw for those looking to work for themselves. Many translators work on multiple projects at once and often manage their own deadlines. While most translators work for agencies, others form their own small businesses.

-- Find translator jobs

8. Technical writer

Average annual salary: $70,306

Putting together technical copy can be a great job for introverts. Most writing projects are done on an individual basis and require infrequent interaction with supervisors, often without the need for an office. Technical writers must also be comfortable using references to put together their work.

-- Find technical writing jobs

9. Market research analyst

Average annual salary: $71,123

Looking into market trends to help understand consumer opinions can be a great position for introverts who are interesting in marketing. Research analysts do anything from one-off studies to extensive research around an area of consumer interest. Analyzing data is a significant part of their day.

-- Find market research analyst jobs

10. Civil engineer

Average annual salary: $81,738

Although working in teams is part of the job description, civil engineers must do the bulk of their work individually. Civil engineers work on anything from tunnels to highways and supervise construction of this type of infrastructure.

-- Find civil engineer jobs

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*Average annual salary information from CB salary.com

Alina Dizik researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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I must disagree with someone below who mentioned that there are no good jobs for introverts. I think it really depends on what you like or desire. Nothing is perfect in any type of workplace, but introverts can still find a job they like and be happy with. Take a look at http://jobsforintroverts.net as they mention how you can find a job that fits you. Not the other way around.

June 10 2012 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've often wondered how accurate these statistics are that are posted by supposed experts. I appreciate the comments below from people who are actually working in these fields. Why doesn't AOL speak with real people when doing their research?? Obviously some introvert wrote the article and couldn't muster up enough courage to actually speak with real people. How much does the AOL 'expert' earn that wrote this article? That could reflect the accuracy of the information reported.

April 04 2012 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wendi Rostan

You are completely wrong about Paralegal's being introverts. Most paralegals deal with the clients as much as the attorneys. In regard to the average salary you have posted for Paralegals, that depends on the type of law they practice.

July 14 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are no good jobs for introverts because employers only want extroverts. We live in an extrovert world, where your "people" skills and likeability are more important than your intelligence or education. The world is going to hell in a handbasket.

July 12 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a technical writer and I love it. You do spend a lot of time alone at your desk, but I am a salaried employee and sit in the IT department, which gives me co-workers. However, with certain types of technical writing you do have to go to a lot of people and ask a lot of questions to get your information.

July 12 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Medical transcription should've been added to this list!!

July 12 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to agree with Dave' post. Also, when do Artists make 43K? The article is very misleading. I'm an "Artist" and I never made more than a couple thousand with my art in a year. I teach art part time to supplement. The most I ever heard a graphic designer could make is 40k, in say a corporate environment in a metropolitan city after many years.
I have two friends who are Paralegals but they don't make 62k. They both make around 28k.

July 12 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where? Where are people being paid $60,000 to do Graphic Design? I am a degreed professional in Graphic Design, and I never made more than $19,000, and believe me, I looked everywhere. I've never even seen any Graphic Design job listed more than $25,000, even with a Bachelor's degree. Nor is it just me. My entire graduating class for 13 years has been struggling to find anything at all in our chosen field, let alone $60,000. I finally had to take a job as a teacher's aide just to eat, and even that barely pays $14,000/year. I just think this was not well researched or is an out-and-out lie.

July 12 2011 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

These jobs would also be great for those with limitations, such as hearing impared. People with hearing difficulties often feel isolated, and can't work in the normal one- to- one invironment.

July 12 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would disagree that accounting is a good profession for introverts. As an accountant myself, I can tell you that, yes, in the early stages of an accounting career a lot of time is spent in analysis and crunching numbers. But, there's also a lot of client contact, especially for entry level auditors. Further, those who rise to the top of the profession have the best "soft" or people skills. They are responsible for bringing in new clients and maintaining client relationships, thus they are salesmen. Not exactly the realm of an introvert.

July 12 2011 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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