8 Jobs That Introverts Can Absolutely Nail
Right now I’m sitting in a quiet corner of a café. My giant headphones are telling people that it’s totally okay not to bother me. I’m abusing the lightning fast wi-fi, but that’s fine, I’ll redeem myself by getting another coffee soon. I’m secretly thrilled about this whole situation, because I’m working alone, there are minimal distractions, and I’m a proud introvert.
Introversion is an often-misunderstood personality trait. Quietness can easily be misread as shyness, privacy as social phobia, thoughtfulness as grumpiness. The stigmas go on and on.
But despite how loud, crowded, and open-planned the world is, the modern workforce has also been kind to the seekers of solitude. In fact, some the world’s top CEOs consider their introversion as an asset.
While being an introvert or an extrovert doesn’t have to be a factor when considering careers, it can certainly help narrow down your options.
So if you’re looking for ways to turn that “quietness” into cold hard cash, here are some jobs you can absolutely nail.
#1 Graphic designer
Graphic design can help combine your two favourite things: art and silence. While you’ll need to deal with directors, project managers and picky clients, much of your work requires hours of creative aloneness – coming up with visual concepts for publications, websites, digital campaigns, businesses, and organisations across a range of industries.
You can find work in many companies, branding and advertising agencies, or as a freelancer working from home.
#2 Social media manager
It might sound like a contradiction, but being a social media manager is a great option for introverts, especially if you can write.
While human collaboration is part of the job description, you’ll mostly focus on the virtual world – building meaningful relationships with followers, creating and promoting engaging content, as well as measuring and analysing data.
It’s one of the only jobs where you can chat with millions of people each day, without having to see them IRL.
Introverts tend to be drawn to the written word as a means of expression. It makes sense – long hours of uninterrupted thinking, minimal conversations, and if you play your cards right, the ability to work from anywhere.
Other than becoming an author, journalist, novelist or poet, you could work as a copywriter, staff writer, blogger, technical writer, grant writer, translator, or all of the above.
Thanks to the Internet and the rise of digital media, writing has become one of the most versatile careers out there.
#4 Animal care worker
It’s obvious that animals are better than humans. They might be sassy and cheeky at times, but they’ll never judge you. They won’t drag you into pointless meetings, or sap your energy with hours of small talk.
So, if you want to spend your days helping appreciative doggos and other cute animals, look into being a veterinary technician, pet care attendant, animal trainer or groomer.
#5 Web developer
Web developers are employed in almost every industry – from finance, retail, and advertising, to travel, government, and the arts. You can often work as a freelancer, in-house, remotely, or through design agencies.
Not only can you make some serious money doing it, the nature of the job also lends itself to hours of intense solitude, thinking, and problem solving. Perfect for introverts.
#6 Book editor
If you’re a certified bookworm with a talent for critical reading, then being a book editor might just be your dream job. You’ll often begin your career with an internship or editorial assistant position, before rising up and earning the title of editor.
Your days will be spent reading and reviewing manuscripts, structurally editing drafts, and working one-to-one with a number of authors.
For those who love working alone, using their hands, making decent moolah, and actually seeing the fruits of their labour, becoming a tradie is a great choice.
Whether you’re a plumber, builder, carpenter, electrician or other skilled professional, most of your energy will be focused on the job at hand. As a qualified tradie, you can also establish your own business, working when you want and with whom you want.
Introversion and organisation were made for each other. And guess what? There’s a job title out there willing to marry the two in the most understated wedding ever.
An archivist is someone who catalogues, preserves, edits, assembles, and manages certain forms of records. This can include artworks, historical items, websites, sound recordings, and manuscripts.
The nature of the role is solitary, and you can find work in museums, galleries, universities, government offices, botanical gardens, and historical sites.
Doug Whyte is a freelance writer and copywriter. He’s worked in branding agencies, digital publishing and written a bunch of articles for a bunch of publications.