Is this an extroverted world, where introverts are a minority? Well, we don’t know the exact numbers. How many introverts and how many extroverts are there in this world? Various research studies gave different estimations. One of them showed that extroverts made up 50-74% of the population. So yes, we may be living in an extroverted world.
Have you ever wondered why it was so difficult to measure the numbers of introverts and extroverts in the world? Through the lens of personality psychology, traits are not binary. They are dimensional. All people showcase various degrees of extroversion and introversion in different situations. This is the right question to ask: how do we use those traits to live a better life?
In most professions, extrovert characteristics are highly appreciated. I mean, you can’t really be a TV show host if you despise small talk, can you? How does a person with a mostly introverted personality make career progress? What career do they choose?
We’ll suggest 12 jobs that would be perfect for people who like to work alone. Check them out:
Social Media Specialist
“On the Internet, no one knows I’m an introvert.” That’s the notion researchers from Israel examined in a study. They found that introverted people located their “real me” on the Internet, while extroverts located their “real me” through traditional methods of interaction.
This isn’t a bad thing. It’s a strength that can make you a great social media manager.
Some psychologists make a difference between four types of introversion: social, thinking, anxious, and restrained. People with thinking introversion don’t necessarily show aversion to social events, but they are very self-reflective, introspective, and thoughtful. That’s exactly what makes them great writers.
Roger Shaw, a writer from EssayOnTime, shares his experience: “I was trying too hard to fit into an office environment. That job required presentations and mingling on a daily basis. It took me years to realize I was trying too hard to do something that wasn’t making me happy. Then, I started writing. As it turns out, there’s no point in doing your best to become an extrovert when you don’t want to. Now, I can finally say I’m doing something that feels comfortable and makes me happy.”
If you have an artistic gift, graphic design may be the right thing for you. You would be creating graphics for websites, publications, packaging, and other projects. You’ll be communicating with clients, but you’ll be spending most of your time alone, working on the design.
Introverts working as librarians… is there a bigger cliche? Cliche or not, it works for many people. If you love books and you were always impressed by libraries, there’s a vast range of jobs in these institutions. You can be a research librarian, archivist, historian, or a cataloger. If you get a degree in library science you can be a “real” librarian.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, geoscientists earn a median pay of $89,780 per year. It’s a well-paying job. It’s also perfect for introverts. As a geoscientist, you’ll be studying the physical aspects of the Earth. This means you’ll be spending most of your time outside and alone.
Exploring remote locations, connection with nature, not having to talk all the time… it’s an introvert’s dream job.
B2B Sales Person
Becoming a salesperson is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of jobs for introverts, is it? If you’re working in a business-to-business company, however, you’ll find a welcoming environment for introverts to thrive.
You’ll spend most of your time learning about the issues of the customers and creating customized solutions. You will interact with people from the business world, but you won’t have to do the small talk. You’ll understand each other with few words, just like you like your communication to be.
The Internet is a virtual world where you communicate only when you want to. It’s an introvert’s dream. If you work as a web developer, most of your communication will be done via email and networking platforms. You’ll be completing most of your projects alone.
Medical Lab Technician
If you see yourself working in laboratories, your introverted nature goes to your advantage. Lab technicians work in diagnostic labs, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Their job description is mostly consisted of testing medical samples. That doesn’t require much communication with colleagues or supervisors. The median pay in the U.S. is $50,930 on an annual basis. Not bad at all.
You love art? The first thought is becoming an artist, but that’s a risky business. You can always make art in your free time and find a safer job that still makes you happy. Museum archivists fill their days with works of arts and historical documents. Not many humans around.
Most people are terrified by this profession. It involves numbers, numbers, and some more numbers. Some people, however, love numbers and facts. Accounting is more investigative and research-oriented than we assume. Plus, it doesn’t involve much human interaction. The median salary is $68,150, so it’s a pretty rewarding profession, too.
Veterinarian or Animal Care Worker
You’d rather spend your time with animals than people? This is a great career option for you. The negative aspect of working as an animal care and service worker is the pay. It’s pretty low – $22,230 per year. However, it’s a personally rewarding job that brings blissful experiences on a daily basis.
If you become a veterinarian, you won’t be disappointed with the finances. The median salary for this profession is $88,770.
Small Engine Mechanic
Finally, a suggestion for a profession that’s suitable for those impressed by engines. It involves inspection, service, and repairs of motorized equipment. It’s a great career for introverts since it requires very little interaction. Of course, you’ll be communicating with clients and supervisors, but the conversations will be brief and they will always revolve around engines and repairs.
Do you know what the biggest strength of an introvert is? Introspection. You’re able to get inside your head and figure out what you want. That’s exactly what you should do when you’re trying to find the ideal profession. Did you like some of the suggestions above? Are you ready to make the first steps towards the career you envision? You’re ready!