The belief that you need to be an outgoing entrepreneur and good at public speaking to make it in the world of business is a thing of the past. This is not to imply that having such attributes will not get you places. The point is that it is not a necessity. Introverts are making strides in different careers. All you really need to survive in the workplace are some good customer service skills and to be able to contribute to a team effort.
Introverts enjoy having time to themselves and, when they need some time to work on a creative solution to a problem, they may prefer doing that on their own. Networking and being good at public speaking can come later but you do not need those attributes up your sleeves to make it in today’s workforce.
Here are 11 jobs that introverts can really excel at:
Most of the time you will find yourself in setting up experiments, or collecting and analysing samples, while you will also be recording and presenting data and ordering and controlling stock. You could work in areas like forensic science, scientific analysis, the health service and education; or you could help diagnose diseases, measure pollution, develop products or use specialised medical techniques. Most lab work is solitary or requires minimal interaction with others. A place an introvert can feel right at home.
If you are interested in business, have a solid understanding of math and good organisational skills, accounting can be just the job for you. You will spend the better part of your day dealing with figures and invoices rather than people. Accountants are usually responsible for checking and maintaining the financial records of the organisation, examining financial documents or dealing with tax issues. You will almost certainly be in your office, either in an accountancy or at home, most of the time and have less time to interact with others if you are an accountant.
Film or video editor
The video editor works behind the scenes and makes sure that the final production, movie or video is a coherent project that incorporates the storyline and work of the actresses and actors. You may find yourself reading the scripts to understand the storyline; you will work together with producers, actors and the crew regarding the script and director’s goals.
Sometimes you do not even need to work in a studio; you could set up a home office and work from there. You will probably be spending most of your time with your computers and editing software and can be sure that this work will require a quiet room and solitude to perform.
Social media manager
Unlike the common belief that introverts are not social, they thrive in social media platforms. Virtual socialization is more comfortable for introverts than physical interaction with others. As a social media manager, you will manage social media marketing campaigns, including day− to− day activities such as creating content, monitoring or responding to users in social media. If you have such skills, you could do well as a social media manager and make a lot of money while you are at it. This is a very rapidly growing career field and social media managers are in high demand.
If you are good at distilling technical information from the internet, you should consider a career as a technical writer. This will mean that you may be involved in the design and implementation of instruction manuals, journal articles or other supporting technical documentation, or in the translation of complex technical information for others. You may also gather and disseminate technical information among customers, designers and manufacturers, and will spend a significant amount of time surfing the internet, conducting research and coming up with conclusions.
When creativity is coupled with being an introvert, you can make a good graphic designer and the opportunities are endless. Even as a junior graphics designer, you can be involved in the creation of posters and leaflets, social media design, web banners or communications materials. You will need to find ways of bringing together different designs and colors to produce what clients need. Through your communication with the clients you will aim to understand their needs but, after that, it will be you with your computer and talent doing what you do best.
Animal Care Assistant
If you have a love for animals and would like to be around them all day long, you may consider working as an animal care assistant. Such jobs are available in pet stores, animal charities and shelters or in veterinary hospitals. With dedication and willingness to put in the hours of learning, you may even become a veterinary assistant or a veterinarian. Working with animals can be very rewarding and at the end of the day you will feel energized.
Many introverts have found their way by reading lots of books. This may lead to a growing love for books and, if that is the case, you may want to work in a library. Being a librarian will challenge you to improve your organisational skills and manage your own time effectively and prioritise work. Your job will mostly be placing or packing books as well as offering them to readers. While you may need to interact with a few people, you will play an important role in helping people love books more.
Despite the fact that court reporters work in the midst of other individuals, they don’t have to interact with many. People don’t notice reporters who sit in the courtroom, spending most of their working hours attending court sessions and listening carefully to everything that’s said. Their main role nowadays is to supervise the recordings made by technology. We all know that technology isn’t always reliable, therefore they need to read the transcripts through to correct and edit any mistakes and produce a final copy after the court session. This amounts to an overall responsibility of ensuring that records exist and can be easily read and understood in the manner in which it was originally spoken.
Data Entry Analyst
Data entry involves almost any type of data and the emphasis is on the work; your interaction will cover the understanding of the job itself and the deadlines. Your client or employer will provide you with the data and information that should be entered and will measure your performance based on the work delivered. Data entry activities can be performed from home, which might be very helpful if you struggle to keep your work− life balance or juggle home, work and the kids.
Market Research Analyst
If you have strong analytical and IT skills, the creative ability to make data interesting for people who aren’t experts, problem− solving skills, accuracy and attention to detail, you may excel as a market research analyst. Your daily tasks will include collecting data and checking the quality of the information collected, identifying and applying various research methods, analysing the data using statistical tools and techniques, spreadsheets or computer models, as well as explaining findings to other experts or the clients through talks, written reports, graphs and tables.
Introverts enjoy relationships and interactions with other people, even though they may not feel energized by social encounters but by solitary, often creative pursuits.
We encourage our introvert clients to find careers that make them comfortable, so they can be more productive and feel recognised even in environments which are full of buzz from extroverts around them. Finding these jobs may not seem easy at first, especially if you are not aware or confident about your strengths.
Here at unleashr we offer various free techniques and tools as well as guided methods to discover your true strength.