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.
Jan Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a master's degree in creative writing. Roth has written trade books for Books-a-Million and has published articles on green living, wellness and education topics. She taught business writing, literature, creative writing and English composition at the college level for five years.