Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder writer
It’s not that you don’t like people, per se. It’s just that you’ve never gone to a networking event and thought, “Well, this should be fun!” You’d rather spend a quiet night in with a few friends – or by yourself – than go to a crowded bar. You go out of your way to avoid small talk. A part of you really identifies with Sheldon Cooper.
In short, you’re not a people person. And that’s okay. Some people just aren’t built that way. Fortunately for you, there are a slew of lucrative career opportunities that don’t require a lot of customer interaction and group collaboration.
15 great career choices for people who consider themselves introverts
Consider the following jobs, which span a variety of industries and skill levels, all while lending themselves to a more introverted lifestyle.
- Interpreter: Are you fluent in another language? Consider transferring that skill into a career as an interpreter, one of the fastest-growing jobs over the next five years.
- Market Research Analyst: There’s a reason some people are strictly Pepsi drinkers while others are team Coke all the way. It’s a market research analyst’s job to know that reason. They look at consumer buying behavior to help businesses understand who their consumers are, what they want and how much they’re willing to pay for it.
- Software Developer: Does your love for computers run deep? Consider software development. While some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer, others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
- Actuary: Are you known as the fiscally responsible one in your group of friends? Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty and help clients develop policies to minimize the cost of that risk.
- Political Scientist: Can’t get enough of “House of Cards” or “Scandal”? Maybe there’s a political scientist in you. Political scientists research and analyze political ideas and government policies, and forecast political, economic and social trends.
- Financial Analyst: Do friends come to you for financial advice? You might be a budding financial analyst. They help guide businesses and individuals toward sound investment decisions.
- Paralegal: Not crazy about the idea of law school, but have a passion for all things “Law&Order”? As a paralegal, you would do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, such as maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents.
- Archivist: Do you fancy yourself a history buff? Would your organization skills put Martha Stewart to shame? As an archivist, you appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents.
- Technical Writer: Do you have a knack for simplifying complex information? As a technical writer, you’ll prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles and other documents to break down technical information and communicate it more easily.
- Accountant: Are numbers “your thing”? Accounting might be for you. Accountants prepare and examine financial records and prepare taxes for people and businesses. They also help assess businesses’ financial operations and help them run efficiently.
- Film and Video Editor: Is there a little Ken Burns in you just waiting to be discovered? If you have a way with editing software and a passion for storytelling, film and video editing could be the perfect fit.
- Electrician: Sick of the 9-to-5 grind and cubicle life? As an electrician, you get to work with your hands, there’s no such thing as a “typical day,” and you won’t go into debt with student loans because much of the training is on the job.
- Computer Programmers: When friends’ computers malfunction, are you the person they call for help? Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.
- Librarian: Do you have a following on Goodreads? Why not turn your passion for reading into a full-time job by becoming a librarian?
- Graphic Designer: You have an eye for design and a way with computers. Why not combine the two? You may just be the brains behind the next iconic brand logo, advertisement or magazine cover.
*According to research from Emsi, a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis