If you are an introvert like me, then a job that requires a lot of contact and connection with people can be overwhelming.
In our society, we often see introverts as shy or antisocial. So, it’s not surprising that many people think the best jobs for introverts are those where they are alone. However, this is far from the truth! There are a variety of careers available to quiet people that offer the opportunity for quiet space, while still interacting with others and providing value to society.
At-home jobs for introverts
For an introvert, working from home is a dream. Thanks to technology, more and more work-from-home opportunities are becoming available. If you are introvert looking to work out of the comfort of your own home, consider these careers:
1. Writer/ Copywriter
Writing from home can be a very rewarding career. The easiest way to get your feet wet is by freelancing. This is a great way to build a portfolio and open doors to future opportunities. If you are looking to start, Fiverr and Upwork are both reputable sites. You’ll build a profile and set the rate you want to charge per article or word. Start your prices low, build your reviews, and then you can raise your prices as demand increases.
2. Proofreader/ Editor
If you have great writing skills but prefer reading, you may want to consider being an editor. This is another great career choice that is simple to start up on your own. You can begin freelancing online to build your portfolio, and increase your rates as you become more desirable. There is a lot of competition for freelancer writers and editors. Be sure to put a lot of effort into your online portfolio, and provide examples for people to see your work.
3. IT Analyst / Data Analyst
If you’re great with technology and have excellent analytical skills, you may want to look into being an IT analyst. Typically, this position will require you to have a degree in IT or Computer Science. These days, finding an online degree program is much easier. Depending on the compay, you may be able to find a career online.
If you like numbers more than people, then bookkeeping might be the job for you. Typically, bookkeeping does not require you to have a degree or certification to get started, but it can help in finding a job.
It is important to be detailed oriented in this position. Some bookkeepers handle business expenses and keep records straight for taxes, while others specialize in payroll.
Blogging is the perfect self-employed career for introverts. It also has the added benefit of allowing you a flexible schedule.
Publishing content on the internet does require some technology skills, or the ability to learn. You will also need good writing and grammar skills.
And what is the best part about blogging? You! You get to share your thoughts and feelings with the world. Bloggers are quickly becoming a more popular with companies who want an authentic brand voice.
This is an excellent profession for women who enjoy creating things. Many women choose this job as a second income because they can do it at home in their spare time.
You will need to know how to operate a sewing machine, but this is truly a great skill to have. You can make alterations to wedding dresses, hem pants for people, or even become a costume designer! It is a creative career and perfect for introverts who want to work at home. A great way to get started is by putting an advertisement in the paper, or building a website offering your services. You could also make a profile on Thumbtack and help people out in your local area.
7. Home cooking jobs
If you love cooking or baking as an activity on its own, these types of jobs might be perfect for you! You can cook tasty meals, bake cakes or pastry, or host cooking classes. If you have a lot of accumulated recipes, you could even consider making your own cookbook.
If you’re bilingual or multilingual, you may want to consider being a translator. You can translate speech, texts, or emails. If you are fluent in a unique language, this is even better. You may require specialized training through a school or business apprenticeship program. If you are looking to work in healthcare, many hospitals are also in need of translators. There are also opportunities that allow you to work from home on an as-needed basis via video chat.
9. Social Media Manager / Virtual assistants (VA)
Companies, bloggers, and businesses hire social media managers to help market their businesses using different social media platforms. This is a great way to get started freelancing. You can post to Instagram accounts, create Facebook ads, design pins for Pinterest, or manage a companies Twitter profile. It may not sound like a lot, but these social media platforms can be a lot of work. Tik-Tok is another platform that is gaining a lot of popularity. Some companies will require you to have a degree in business, communications, or marketing. However, you can work as a VA on your own as well.
10. Video Editor
Video editing can be quite time consuming and it is a valuable skill to have. If you know your way around Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, you may want to get your feet wet as a video editor. While many companies are in need of video editors, you can also start your own business and work from home. If you’re good with a camera, you can offer to film weddings or events at a discounted rate. As you grow your portfolio, you can increase your prices.
11. Selling your art online
Whether you choose to sell your art through a shop like Etsy or make your own website, it has never been easier to become a paid artist. You can turn your artwork into shirts, mugs, bags, or prints. Maybe you have a unique style that you would love to share with the world. If you create one amazing piece, you can make duplicate prints and sell copies of the print online. The days of the “starving artist” are over!
12. Floral Designer
Do you love flowers? Then why not work with them! You can work at home or in a flower shop or supermarket. This career may require you to interact with customers. You can start your own business creating bouquets and centerpieces for weddings. If you are unable to grow or source real flowers, you can also work with faux flowers (silk, wood, etc). If you have a creative personality and an eye for design, this is a great way to utilize those skills.
13. Graphic designer
There is a constant need for graphic designers to make logos, flyers, or other creative pieces. You can get started by volunteering for a nonprofit, or by building a profile on a freelance website. While this job does allow you to work at home, you will need the skills necessary. Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or other design programs is important. If your portfolio is exceptional, it is possible to get hired without a degree. Or, you can work as a freelancer from home.
Other jobs for introverts
14. Landscape designer
Take your passion for art and design, and combine it with your green thumb. Typically, landscapers need to speak with customers to discuss their clients wants and needs. Otherwise, you are able to enjoy your time designing beautiful landscapes and gardens. A degree in landscaping or horticulture can help attract clients and make you stand out from others.
15. IT Manager
The IT field is full of introverts. That means, even if you have to work in a team of other IT professionals, it will likely be less of a draining experience for you. For IT managers, their job may look like running the IT department of a company or planning and coordinating within an organization. Most IT Managers will need a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or information science.
Engineering is another field that draws many introverts, especially those with logical minds. If you are great with numbers and spatial manipulation, this may be the career for you. You can choose to be a computer engineer, electrical engineer, civil engineer, or even a mechanical engineer.
Another high-paying field for introverts is architecture. Architects design and plan buildings while playing a significant role in construction. You can thank architects for our beautiful city skylines.
Architects not only require a Bachelor’s degree or higher, but they also must get a professional license. This job works so well for introverts because most of an architect’s day is spent working alone on a project or a part of a project. It is a great career choice that also compliments the creative personaltiy.
Accountants need to be great with numbers while also paying attention to details and thinking critically.
Accountants need a Bachelor’s degree to get started. Some accountants will go on to get a Master’s degree in Accounting. They must also get an accounting certification.
19. Truck Driving
If you are looking for something with an easier entry, truck driving might be for you. It is an excellent job for introverts because it is just you, your truck, and the road. In addition, long-haul truck drivers make the most money of any truck driver. Contrary to belief, this is not an easy job. It requires long hours and can lead to unhealthy sleeping habits.
Geologists are often outside doing fieldwork like exploring caves, mapping landforms, obtaining samples, and collecting plants. Most likely, you will have a team of people to work with, so you don’t have to interact or talk much with many people. This is a great choice if you love being outside and exploring nature.
Zookeepers are responsible for caring for animals. They spend their days feeding, cleaning, and taking care of injured animals at the zoo. You’ll want a degree in Biology or Life Science if you are looking to become a zookeeper. If you prefer the ocean, you may want to consider marine biology.
22. Dog walker/dog keeper
If you love dogs more than people, you can become a dog walker. You can either walk dogs out of your clients home, or elect to have the animal stay with you. A great place to get started is through Rover.com. You can make a profile and walk dogs in your local areas. If you have experience administrating medication to animals, this is also a need that many clients have. Of course, you may have to feed their kitty as well.
This is a great occupation for people who love nature and enjoy being outside. In some states, the forester will need to be licensed. They work in a park or forest, on farms and ranches, with communities for wildlife preservation, educating people about conserving natural resources.
This career is great for introverts with social anxiety since the work primarily revolves around solitary activities.
Your contacts will be limited, and your best friends will be diamonds and gold. Jeweler positions are best if you don’t mind working with your hands.
The photographer is a great job for introverts. If you take pictures for stock websites, you won’t need to interact with any clients. You can also take photos for weddings, birthdays, or other special events. If you start your own business, you won’t need a degree for this career. Build an amazing portfolio an the clients will flock in. You’ll also want to have good skills in editing photos.
As a librarian, a lot of your day is spent working at the library desk checking books in and out, looking up book titles, or author names to help customers find what they’re looking for. Your interactions with other people are limited to the occasional friendly customer that comes into the library during the day. This is a great job for introverts who prefer a quiet space.
27. Commercial cleaning
Cleaning office buildings while everyone is away overnight is a great job if you don’t mind shifting your sleep schedule. You will spend your evening dusting offices, vacuuming, emptying trash cans, and cleaning surfaces.
28. Grocery store stocker
For night owls with social anxiety, stocking grocery stores can be a great change of pace. You can also be a personal shopper for a supermarket. This entails gathering peoples online orders together so they can pick it up in the store.
Some large companies offer tuition assistance, insurance, and generous employee discounts.
Lastly, a career tip video from Scott Dinsmore:
Most introverts are individualists who value peace of mind and are very responsive to pressure. Are you an introvert stuck in a career you dislike? Or, are you happy with your career choice as an introvert? Leave a comment and tell me about your current job, or a favorite position you have held in the past.