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 and people who like to work alone. I also included a quick “introversion 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 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. Even better if you’re a teenager or young adult in your twenties! The more you know about where you are on the extrovert/introvert personality scale, the easier your job search will be. Look for jobs that suit who you are at your most introverted 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 this doesn’t mean it’s “bad” to be an introvert. I love my fellow introverts 🙂

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:

Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone

Best Jobs for Introverts

  • 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 Introvert Extrovert Personality Test. 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 People Who Like to Be Alone

Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone

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.

Don’t give up! Keep looking for 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. 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 to Decide if You Should Go to School to Be a Writer.

“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.



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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.

1. Self-employment, freelancing, or working from home

I’ve been working at home as a freelance writer for eight years, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

jobs for people with introverted personality traits

best jobs for people with introverted personalities

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.

People always marvel at how “self-disciplined” I am because I work from home. The truth is that I just love writing and working on my blogs, so motivation is never an issue. Boredom became a problem after six years or so – and I think it’s because I was chasing money. I was blogging to make money, not to point people towards Jesus. Now that I’ve connected with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit on a deeper and richer level, I’ve found a new purpose for my blogs. Blossom! This is not only the best job for me as an introvert, it’s my calling.

Has God given you a calling?

If working from home isn’t for you, read How to Find a Career for Introverts.

2. An online career – one of the best types 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.

Remember that you’ll probably never find a job in which you’ll totally be left alone. Instead, you may need to focus on finding a job that minimizes the time you spent with groups of people. This is good because – no matter how introverted you are – you don’t necessarily want a job that totally isolates you.

My “online career” (I created my series of Blossom blogs, and I work on them full-time) is extremely isolating. I don’t even use social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, which isolates me even more! And I love it. But after six years I started to feel too-alone so I went back to school. I got my MSW (Master of Social Work)…and here I am, three years later, writing and blogging full-time again! I learned from my practicums (internships) that I really just want to write and blog.

I’m definitely an introvert, and I have the best job in the world.

3. Jobs that involve structured and limited communication (eg, air traffic controller)

Here’s an interesting career 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.”

My Big Sister (a volunteer mentor from the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization) was an air traffic controller when we were matched. She said it was an extremely stressful job, even at an airport in a small city. And yes, she confirmed, it’s definitely one of the best jobs for introverts and people who like to work mostly alone – but who can also work with others in high-stress environments.

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

The problem with suggesting specific jobs for introverts is that not everyone has those skills, education, or interests. For example, an on-air personality or DJ has to have a personality that touches people through the airwaves. An air traffic controller may work alone a lot, but she needs to know how to deal with stressful situations.

The best way for you as an introvert to find the right job is – if you can – try different occupations. I worked at nearly 60 jobs before I found writing and blogging! Although, truth be told, I always wanted to be a writer. The internet just didn’t exist yet.

What about you – have you found your passion? If so, start looking for circumstances that combine what you’re passionate at doing with the freedom of working alone. (I know, I know….easier said than done!)

Career Resources and Job 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 – perhaps despite your introverted personality traits.

In Self-Promotion for Introverts®, business communication coach and intrepid introvert Nancy Ancowitz helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for gaining career advancement. She teaches introverts how to promote themselves without bragging – when networking, on job interviews, and at work. She also describes how to use your “quiet gifts” (writing, researching, and listening) to your advantage, both at work and in other aspects of your life.

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.

What do you think of these jobs for introverts and quiet people? I welcome your thoughts below! If you’re making a midlife career change, read 10 Tips for Making a Career Change at 40.

May you become who God created you to be. You were created for a purpose, and you will fully realize your true identity when you connect with and hold on to Him! He knows you, He loves you, and He wants you to grow into yourself in ways only He can make possible. 



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

  • Adesina busayo

    Hi, am busayo, I found write up interesting. I really don’t no how to help myself, I easily get fedup of something. I don’t how you can be of help. Thanks

  • kay

    Hi,
    Currently I am a teacher and although I love teaching, I often find myself exhausted from too much human interaction. Part of the issue is that for the past couple of years I taught at a low income school with students that are more demanding for attention than your typical student. I enjoy teaching a lot but after the past two years the idea of doing it all over again sounds exhausting. Another thing I like about teaching is the breaks, because as a true introvert, I need that time to recharge and it does help me. My background is in education. I am not sure what other types of jobs are available to me that would be low stress and less demanding human interaction with plenty of breaks and such to recharge.
    Thanks!

    • Vicky

      Same here. I am also a teacher and get exhausted and enjoy the breaks to recharge. I have my special ed degree which allows me to to work one on one and in small groups. I work as an independent contractor so I make my own hours. It’s a break from being in the classroom and a lot easier to focus. Maybe this is something you can look into?

  • Julie

    Hi
    I really resonated with this article and am trying to recreate sacred space so I can thrive again . You’ve given me some resources to help me on my journey to peace within .
    I especially liked your ideas about being the person with whom God created and becoming whole and not losing your identity. I had at one time finally discovered my identity through a long , nonlinear process of transcending adversity . Right now I am trying to find my way back home after making a decision that has consequently compromised my ability to connect with Our Heavenly Father.
    Warmly,
    Julie

  • Holly

    Hi I’m Holly. I’m 32 and my low self esteem and low self confidence with also being an introvert has crippled me. I have not had a job in 7 years. I feel like such a loser. I want a job, checks coming in and take care of myself. I admit….. I need help! I just want to cry so hard to sleep.

    • Laurie Post author

      Dear Holly,

      I’m sorry for what you’re experiencing — it sounds like you’re dealing with more than “just” being an introvert! People with introverted personality traits can go to work and not deal with crippling anxiety or low self-esteem….

      How can you reach out for help? You need to reach out in person, and find ways to cope with your low self-esteem and low self-confidence. There are supportive networks and organizations out there; your job is to start taking action and reaching out for the help you need.

      What can you do today, to start coping with your feelings of helplessness?

  • Kelly

    I found your page through an internet search on jobs for introverted people. I’m 37 and I’ve been trying to figure out what God has called me to do and to know who I truly am in Christ. I’m currently working a job that I am not crazy about at all, I feel tried frequently, because it takes me so long to regenerate after a day of work.

    I love music and writing, I actually majored in English. I compose music at home. I feel a lot of pressure at this moment in my life because I’m trying to discover my true calling. Thank you for creating your blog, you’ve got a lot of helpful information.

    Could you share what has been helpful for you in your process?

  • Esther

    Hi Laurie, I am enjoying your blog! I am an introvert also. The world seems to push extroversion. How often do you see an introvert pushing an extrovert to be more introverted? It doesn’t happen. In addition to introversion I have these other labels: ADD, OCD, and HSP (Highly sensitive Person). But I realize that I don’t want to be defined by these things. One thing I know is that I can become more assertive. Boundaries are a very important issue. We need limits. We need boundaries! I learned the hard way and am still learning. Anyway, I can’t say that I have felt a clear “calling”. Unfortunately, I had always wanted to be famous, but I think that came from a deep psychological/ spiritual need. I do blog and I did write but I decided to retire from that. I am a caregiver to my daughter who is disabled. She has Champ 1 gene mutation. I am still open to anything new in my life though. I think sometimes my life situation has caused me to use that as an excuse to not go anywhere and just stay home.

  • Jane Kimunga

    I am an introvert but would like to start a blog about pointing people to Jesus just like you. But I have no clue on how to go about it. Would appreciate any advice on how to go about this.

    Thanks.
    Jane

  • Leann

    Alot of things in this article are true. I feel as if you can only understand it if you are an introvert, which i am. Alot of my friends are extroverts and that always makes me feel like im alone lol. When i was younger people told me that i would grow out of it.(again this advice is coming from an extrovert). But the thing is, this is my personality. God made me like this. So why should i have to conform to society saying i should act this way or look that way. Ive tried working in enviroments designed for extroverts. It just isnt me. Even now im in school for something that needs me to be outgoing. People constantly say things like, your so quiet, do you talk, or are you ok? They dont understand that im fine and i been this way my whole life. And yes i do talk when i feel like it. I think the world needs to be informed that being introverted is a real thing and it doesnt need changing. It needs embracing. Ive decided to do something in the art field. Im not sure yet. But god knows. Again thanks for the article.

  • SuperNtrovert

    All I can say is wow. Did you write this article for me? I haven’t read all of the comments below, but I’m sure more than a few of them wrote, or at least thought, the exact same thing. This article really spoke to me because, like Laurie, I’m an introvert. Like Laurie, I’m a born again Christian. And like Laurie, I enjoy writing.

    I am 43 years old, in an extrovert job, and dreaming and striving for something suited more for an introvert. I currently work as a retail manager, and just like the military man in the comments below (thank you for your service, by the way), I feel like I put on a mask when I go to work and take it off when I come home. I can also relate to all of the comments from people below saying they feel like they are valued less than their extroverted peers. So very true. Even though I am very friendly and approachable to my co-workers and customers, and do my job logically and consistently, my boss tends to favor the loud, boisterous, and flamboyant over the quiet, calm, and reserved.

    I have a few problems with my job. One, is that the retail industry as we know it is dying and my company is no exception. Another is that I am in a leadership position and I’m quickly realizing that I am not really cut out to be a leader, nor do I want to be one. The last one is that I’m kinda stuck with it until I can find another job with good benefits. I have a wife and two kids that rely on me as the sole breadwinner, so it kinda precludes me from striking out on my own to start my own business powerwashing houses or something (which I’ve actually had thoughts of doing).

    It’s great to read an article and be able to identify with so many things in it. Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your experiences, the valuable resources that you’ve found, and your helpful suggestions – both in the article and here in the comments section in response to so many of us.

    And of course to all of my fellow introverts in the comments section: stay strong. You are not alone. There are so many of us out there. In fact, this article has really inspired me to create a forum for introverts. I don’t know what it’s going to be or look like. But if this comments section is any indication, it looks like we really need a virtual place where we can go, share our experiences and challenges, and encourage one another (even though I’m sure one already exists). When I figure it out and get it up and running, I will come back and post the information in this comments section.

    Until then, stay strong fellow introverts.

  • A

    Thank you so very much for the inspirational piece. It was an awesome surprise for me! I really needed to read that because I am trying to make a career change which involves a quiet, low stress environment. The reference to God’s word soothed and comforted my spirit during the midst of my job search this evening just when it was becoming confusing and stressful.
    God’s love,
    “Transitioner”

  • Mackenzie

    I am highly offended. Why are there specific jobs for shy people? I wish people could just call each other people for crying out loud!

    • SuperNtrovert

      No one is saying that we’re not all people. It’s just that not all people are the same. Some are shy, some are outgoing. It’s only natural that there are jobs that shy people would be attracted to, and other jobs that outgoing people would be attracted to. It’s all about finding the job that you feel most comfortable doing and that you would be happiest doing. No one wants to be miserable at their job.

      How can this “highly offend” you?

  • Rochelle

    Thank you Laurie, for this timely article. You’ve blessed me in many ways. Moving forward as personal changes have occurred, my career change is listed on the occupations list. I’m relieved more than you know. Thank you so much. Now I can plan accordingly.

  • Rachael

    The truth offends a lot of people. Simply put, they don’t want to change their ways. But hey, that’s up to them. Some day we’ll ALL be seeing the truth. Nobody needs to get nasty about it though.

  • Astralwolf37

    Ugh, I came here from Google to read an article about introverts and careers, not have someone shove their religious views down my throught. When I’m looking at career articles, I don’t need to be reminded of the evils and stupidity of the Christian faith. Stick to the topic and be aware of the people coming in from search engines. Some of us have been scarred by that faith and don’t need to hear about it. Or is that your plan? Lure people into your religious brainwashing with innocent “career” articles?

    • Rod

      There was no “shoving religious views down your throat.” If anything, you are the one who is forcing their worldview onto others by demanding that their writing conforms to your expectations. I am sure there are plenty of safe spaces for a special snowflake such as yourself on the web.

  • Laurie Post author

    The older I get, the more introverted I become! I’m more choosy about who I spent time with and what I want to do. Life is short – I just turned 47 years old, and I’m very aware that I’m halfway through a normal life span. I want to live fully and deeply – and God is definitely a huge part of a full life. He brings joy, energy, healing, freedom, love, growth, insight, wisdom and so much possibility into my life. Knowing who I am in Him has definitely helped me find peace and joy in my job and life.

    But I digress! My personality traits have definitely changed. I’m more introverted than ever, and happier than ever, too.

    What about you – has age changed your tendency towards introversion or extroversion?

  • Tom

    Im an introvert very shy and like to being alone. I feel really comfortable in my own room, do what I wanted to do. But what worried me is Im now 29 and still don’t have a job. Im to shy and feels lost. Every time I got a job, I feel all the job not suitable with me and I feels weak day by day until I quit my job. 1 things I really love to do is foreign currency exchange,,even though it really hard to make an income from it, I shows some progress on it but still, I realize this high risk dreamjob like a ticking bomb that im afraid would crush me anytime. Without a job, I feel useless and more worried about my futures. One thing I wonder about an introvert like us, Do we makes a lot of mistake and reckless?like it is a symptoms for an introvert? because I always do and make me thing Im really have very bad luck in this life. All I do and I work on it seem fail but I saw others , they don’t even try hard but always success. That makes me want to give up and just being alone in my room..

    • Timotylol

      Im just 19 but i am a introvent and i dont like to talk much in rl, i not sure if its a symtom or not but i can say that i almost never study on math i always got the highest in class but at the same time english i cant seem to pass it no matter how hard i study :/

      • Untravelled

        It’s worse when it’s the other way round… As it is in my case. I have always performed well in English, but being good at language only limits my opportunities.
        For example, I really want to become a software/web developer but my limited mathematical ability (and general feeling of being unable to succeed due to that) hinders my progress.
        I am also looking at digital marketing, which might be a bit closer to me. I hope that I get a good job in the immediate future (I am also 19).
        In the meantime, it is my mission to use every free minute to make myself prepared.
        I digress… What I was saying was that you are lucky if you are naturally good at mathematics. You can have a multitude of well-paying jobs that are also a good fit for introverts and which require little to no interaction with other people (and language in particular).
        Just keep on working on your abilities and you can reach far, especially if you are not lazy.

  • robert brito

    FIRST and foremost, being an introvert type of personaility isn’t a negative thing. I discovered through a wonderful counselor who helped me come to this truth and realization for myself. Being introverted is no more positive or negative than being an extrovert, it is simply how we relate and are adjusted to the world around us. It is how we cope. Focusing on objectives and goals instead of what others think, and a myriad of psychological techniques can help us accomplish what we need in life, without having anxiety and worrying about being around people. Realizing other people are more concerned with themselves then how I sound or look helps put things in perspective. Practice and small steps can help you get over speaking in groups. I used to tremble at speaking in groups, but I have given slideshow presentations, been filmed speaking, stood as a cashier in front of thousands of people, and even led marches which were covered internationally and Ive appeared on TV news and radio. When you focus on the goal you reach it. I still have anxiety when entering the grocery store to shop, but you know what? I don’t pay any attention to other people anymore, I reduce my eye contact and focus on the task at hand, I had that so bad in the past I starved! I said to hell with it I just won’t eat. But I matter most, and what we need matters most, so you can change your patterns, change how you label things, I don’t even refer to myself as introverted because that term limits and has connotations for me. Some social anxiety comes from bad high school and growing up experiences, but we can overcome, a small step forward, say giving speeches and we can forever say you know what I can, and have done that before and, I can do it again! Make small steps in the directions of things you want to achieve. As ,our brain grows new pathways we become better adjusted and not stuck in the past or past ways of struggling. I love myself and hanging around with too many other personalities tends to steal me away from me, but to survive especially in a corrupt capitalist society we no matter what job, have to encounter social activities. It’s time to not run from the problems we encounter but gather skills to cope and adjust better to have better lives. We can overcome and get what we need, try things in different ways, because not one way fits all and we must realize there are millions of ways to go about things, we have to find what works for us. We learn differently, so give yourself the freedom to be you in situations and never fault yourself for being more introspective. There are many negative things that can be associated with being extroverted as well, they are by no means better than us! they simply cope differently. We can change our focus and how we cope in social settings. We can adapt to our surroundings, so while we may dislike aspects of our jobs we certainly can overcome them until we find more suitible supportive work. I think it is about a good balance of fellow human interaction coupled with alone time that works best and is healthiest, though it depends on your level of needing and wanting to be alone. Too much emphasis is paid on extroverts because the way this systems forces us to make money and make money for others. But I do believe we can find suitible roles and suitible work, especially learning from each other. You can friend me on FB if you like robbi p cisco.

  • Ki

    I still feel so uncomfortable with who I am. I sometimes want to be an extrovert instead. My parents do compare me with my extroverted sister. There are times I get hyper,but only with friends but after I feel drained out of my *soul energy*, if that is the correct term…hehe…

  • Karen DeBonis

    Great article. Laurie. I just recently started identifying as as an extroverted introvert. It fits me so well. I’m strongly introverted, but I have quirky strengths like public speaking and loving to throw large parties. I’ve been in very people-oriented jobs that I loved, but for now I am blogging and writing at home. I. LOVE. IT. I’m also a homebody, and I’m trying to discover the intersection between introverts and homebodies. Are all introverts homebodies, and vice versa? Can an extrovert be a homebody? What are your thoughts?

  • Ibrahim Salem

    I’m a very introverted person who is also shy and quiet. Every job I’ve had, I’ve been taken advantage of due to my personality. Due to the fact that i don’t like to socialize with people and i’m not very good at it, i get treated like crap because i’m different. People don’t like the fact that i like to be left alone and i’m not the type of person who likes to socialize and make jokes with people. Even though i do my job better than most people as i never slack off, i still get treated with less respect and value than those who are extroverted, slack off, and don’t do their job properly. I don’t get it! I guess people don’t like me and it has turned me into a misanthrope who’s looking for a career where i can work alone or freelance from home. The only 2 jobs i had that i suited my introverted personality, where night security guard for a construction site where i was completely alone and a data entry job where no one bothered me. I had the security job for a while until they started to put me in more people demanding roles like concert and sporting events. I left my job because i was having panic attacks and couldn’t cope with large crowds as i suffer with social anxiety disorder. Life has been hard for me to find a job that i can cope with due to my mental illness and unwanted personality and i often feel depressed. I’m studying Android development at the moment so i can develop mobile apps in the future and i enjoy the fact that i work alone from the comfort of my computer screen. I think i can manage to work for a software company in the future as developers are often left alone and is more friendly and accepting towards people with a introverted personality.

    • Gillian

      Hi Ibrahim,

      I am so glad I read your post. This is the main reason why I get treated like crap in all the jobs I had over the years I have worked and were even forced to leave them. This is also despite the fact that I have good qualifications and a strong academic background. I do my job better than all my team mates and get most of the blame, sometimes even when it had nothing to do with me. People just bully you if you are an introvert, especially in this climate where workers outnumber the jobs.

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for your comments on working for people with introverted personality traits. I noticed through your website link that you wrote a book called The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly With Passion and Purpose. If you’d like me to review it, please feel free to send me a copy. If this interests you just respond here and I will email you directly with my address.

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Erin,

    It sounds like you really know what kind of a introvert you are, right down to the ” telephones inducing major panic attacks” detail! I don’t like talking on the phone either, but I don’t feel anxious about it. I just avoid it as much as I can.

    While reading your comments on finding a good job for you as an introvert, I realize that I have never network in order to find work. I always thought I had to network in order to find the right job for me and my introverted personality traits… But networking never works for me. Probably because I didn’t know how to do it!

    I just want you to take heart, I want to encourage you. I don’t think you have to know how to network in order to find the right job for you. But another thing that occurred to me while reading what you wrote is that every job has some elements of discomfort and learning. Regardless if we’re introverts or extroverts, shy or outgoing, excellent at working independently or networking with the crowd – there will always be parts of the job that are uncomfortable.

    Take my job, for example. I find it extremely difficult and uncomfortable entering comments from readers! I especially find it disconcerting when they asked for advice. I know you didn’t ask for advice finding the best job for you as an introvert, but I felt compelled to respond to you because of this whole feeling uncomfortable bit. No matter what job you find, there will be hard parts. But hopefully you will find a job in which the enjoyable and easy parts outweigh the uncomfortable and difficult parts.

    Of all the jobs you’ve had in the past 20 or so years, which one did you enjoy most? Which suited you best?

    • Erin

      Thank you for your response, Laurie. I’ve had a variety of jobs. I worked at a B&B/day spa for almost 5 years, which I mostly enjoyed because it was a small business and despite the phones, it was generally pretty low key. I worked in the gift shop of a tea room, which was also a very small business and low key, but the shop ended up closing for financial reasons. I was the main switchboard operator for our local newspaper and did various tasks in their accounting department (that job I gleefully left after 18 months). I currently work for Macy’s as the fulfillment lead for our store. I am basically working by myself, which I like, and it is satisfying to check things off the list, so to speak. Unfortunately, the retail environment praises extroverted personalities, and doesn’t recognize solid dependable workers who quietly and efficiently complete their tasks. I feel like I put in a lot of work for little pay and little to no recognition. It’s time to find something I really enjoy.

  • Erin

    I’ve become more of an introvert the older I get, and I experience a myriad of anxieties in different social situations. I have a college degree, but it’s in general studies because even as a college student I didn’t know what kind of occupation would suit my personality. I’ve floated from job to job for the 16 years I’ve been out of college without finding anything that really suits my introversion and nothing that makes much more than minimum wage. Telephones induce major panic attacks, so any job that requires phone skills is out. Speaking in front of people turns me into a forgetful mute, so that’s out. One part of the job search that has always eluded me is networking. Being such an introvert, I don’t have a huge friend base to draw from, and thus have never had a lot of helpful feedback from friends or family as to a suitable job field to look into. People try to be helpful by suggesting extremely poor fitting job fields for me, not knowing how uncomfortable I would be in those situations. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in these feelings, but now that I’m going on 40, I am starting to really feel the need to find an occupation that is financially viable and personally rewarding.

  • Lesley

    Interesting article. I am also an introvert. One thing that you didn’t mention but I think is important…is that many of the jobs that seem ideal for introverts e g librarians, lab technicians, even working with computers…require a certain amount of interaction with the public and/or teamwork. Librarians are being asked to do community outreach and I know of one research lab at UBC that requires technicians to participate in Toastmasters. So, all of us need to learn public speaking, team work, networking, leadership skills etc. And so that we don’t burn out…we also need to learn how to manage our energy! Cheers!

  • Marlene

    I’m introverted and I do not like being in big groups of people. I also value my alone time .. I work as a health care assistant for an agency so I work whenever I want but lately I’m beginning to suffer financially it’s not ideal it would be easier to have a full time job but the only job I wanna do is to be a designer .. it sucks my situation.

  • TheIntrovertMe

    Ooooh my ….oooooh my….. So many people like me out here and am loving it. Well, am so happy to finally discover myself as being an introvert. I can tell everyone here that haven read this piece, my life will never be the same again. There is nothing as awesome as knowing who you truelly are. I am happy for being an introvert.

  • Ryan

    Shy introvert here in the military. I put a mask on every morning and take it off at night. Whenever I speak to groups, I get anxious and my physiology does all sorts of abnormal behaviors. When this happens, I act (or think I am acting) as this extroverted person that people want to see. “Breathe in, breathe out and think of all the good things you have in life today and in your future” is what I tell myself in my head. I’ll be wearing a mask all my life to cover my shyness. But I am a proud introvert because rarely do you see a person with strong situational awareness and great attention to detail.

    At the end of the day, I love my job. I’m looking to work for the government when I get out as either a federal agent or social worker (neither a introvert-friendly job) but I have my options open.

    If you guys get the chance, read Susan Cain’s “Quiet.” It’s a book on the many strengths us introverts have versus our counterpart.

  • ANTONIO JOSE GONZALEZ ARTEAGA

    I’m not really an introvert, I’m quite sociable when it comes to my leisure time. However, I’d much rather work alone than with people. I hate small talk with coworkers, and I hate gossip. Not a fan of team work either.

  • Laurie

    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
    https://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.

    • Mark Porter

      Buy a copy of Barbara Sher’s “Refuse to Choose, A Guide For Scanners.” The title is close to that anyway. It’s a very encouraging and inspiration-filled book! In fact, I recommend anything you can find by Barbara Sher. To get a taste of her wit and wisdom, just check out some of her videos on YouTube. I’d recommend any of her books that you can find, but the “Refuse to Choose” is the book that will help you the most, I think.

  • Laurie

    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

    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 🙂

    • Jane Kimunga

      How do I get into blogging I need to make a few pounds as well – I’m in London. I’m a born again Christian would love to point people to the live social Christ Jesus.

  • 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. :/

    • Tracy

      I am a school bus driver and janitor. This works for me. As a janitor, there is minimal interaction with teachers, other staff or even the students. When I am on the bus, I am the only adult and I’m in charge. I can deal with kids way better than adults.

  • 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…

    • Luis

      Louis, do you mind if i ask what type of job it is that has allowed you to work from home and earn good income ?

      I am also a Taurus XD

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    • Kelly

      I too have been in Human Resources career for a while and I have never felt confident to move up into a generalist or manager position due to being an introvert. You constantly are talking to employees, doing training, speaking in monthly meetings if your organization has them. After many years in the profession I finally realized that the career wasn’t for me as being an introvert and is why I haven’t moved up past an assistant/associate position and after discussing with my husband why I constantly feel tired/drained even on my days off. The only time I might have enjoyed it was when I worked in a large organization in their main office doing strictly employee benefits. But you still have to speak to groups during Open Enrollment if in higher position or talk to people about their benefits if they have questions but it didn’t seem like it was as often. Unfortunately current pay is decent and I am having a hard time finding another career that pays almost as well, where I don’t have to go through more school. I love the outdoors, gardening, and animals. Might have a possible interest in geoscientist, forest ranger, or have even considered small engine repair. But not sure about the pay and schooling involved.

  • 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

    • sara saba

      I think you should consider doing Social work. Thats what I am thinking about right now. I realised that teaching children is too draining for me but I still want to do something for the world. Social work involves both office work and meeting people face to face. I think both fit well for me because with one to one interaction I tend to be more interactive, plus office work gives me the time to take a breather away from too much interaction with clients.

  • 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.