The Top Careers for Introverts

by Jan Archer, Demand Media
    A job in the legal field might suit your desire to read, study and analyze.

    A job in the legal field might suit your desire to read, study and analyze.

    Introverted, shy, socially reserved -- whatever you call it, there are certain personality traits that lead you to function differently than the status quo. While some gain energy from socializing and listening to others, you might find yourself exhausted by social activity if you're an introvert. You also might have a hard time in a job that requires you to play an outgoing, bold role in certain social settings. Learn about some career paths that suit even the most introverted soul.

    What's an Introvert?

    According to Katherine Brookes, Ph.D., at "Psychology Today," about 25 percent of adults are introverts. She explains that while not all introverts are the same, a key common denominator is the desire to be alone. This may be caused by the dominant everyday environments where socializing is expected. Think about it: even when you enter a restaurant, you're expected to engage in light banter with the host or hostess, the wait staff and sometimes even other diners. Introverts find themselves seeking some time and a space to process thoughts without social interaction.

    Top Career Styles

    Knowing that you may lose energy dealing with people all day long, try to find a career where socializing is limited and analyzing and creating is increased. Highly social careers like public relations, event planning, and teaching might not be for you. Think about careers that require space to analyze and work with projects, not people. This way, you can save your social energy for your close friends and family outside of work.

    Top Job Titles

    According to "The Washington Post," the best jobs for introverts are computer systems engineer, computer analyst, network analyst, accountant and auditor, lawyer, financial analyst, personal financial adviser, market research analyst and medical analyst. Notice a trend here? Analysts work with numbers, data and patterns, and compile reports. These jobs require sharp writing and critical thinking skills, but very little social and public relations skills.

    Top Paying Jobs

    According to "The Washington Post," the top paying jobs most suitable for introverts are astronomer, lawyer, physicist, aerospace or computer engineer, political scientist, computer systems engineer, actuary, and atmospheric and space scientist. Note that these high-paying positions require high levels of education and most require a degree beyond a bachelor's. The good news is that if you're truly introverted, you won't mind diving into a higher degree and analytical job.

    About the Author

    Jan Archer began writing professionally in 2007. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in creative writing. Archer has researched and co-written trade books for Books-a-Million and has written numerous articles on green living, health and nutrition, education and a variety of other topics. She teaches business writing and composition, and offers private web consulting and editing for small businesses.

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