There are plenty of career options that don’t require lots of intermingling with customers or even co-workers.
You’ve probably noticed that social butterflies tend to flourish in the office. After all, between open floorplans, group meetings, and networking events, many workplaces are designed to keep you constantly interacting with people. But what if you prefer solo time over small talk? Don’t despair. Many of the best jobs for introverts show that a limited need for social interaction is actually an asset. And many of these jobs pay quite handsomely, too.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Services, Monster found 10 jobs where it doesn’t hurt to be an introvert.
As an actuary, you’d work with numbers lots of them. Actuaries assess risk, usually for insurance companies, by analyzing loads of statistics and data. While you’d likely have a human manager, you can expect to spend most of your time socializing with your computer screen.
A bachelor’s in actuarial science or statistical
For the most part, archivists organize and manage a (usually massive) collection of information. They work on long-term projects that don’t demand regular interaction with clients or customers a key feature of many of the best jobs for introverts.
A bachelor’s degree in archival or library science.
Auditors examine financial statements and records, assess financial operations, and prepare tax documents for clients. Your people-adverse tendencies would be an even bigger asset during tax season, when your solitary workdays often stretch into overtime.
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting.
If your idea of a great day at work is one that allows you plenty of face time with engines, transmissions, and other complex parts that don’t talk back to you, you may be a natural-born auto mechanic. You’ll diagnose the issue and get to work making repairs, either as part of a team or independently, depending on the scope of the job.
A high school diploma or GED is usually preferred, but a certificate from a trade school is generally acceptable also. On-the-job training is common, as well. Check out this sample resume for an auto mechanic.
Interested in a health care career but have no desire to treat people? A job as a lab technician might be perfect. You’d test tissue, blood, or other body fluids for the presence of disease. Most lab techs work in hospitals or doctor’s offices, but they don’t usually see patients.
What you’d need: At least an associate degree, although a technical certification may sometimes be acceptable. Check out this sample resume for a lab technician.
Surveyors measure land boundaries, usually on or near construction sites, and prepare maps and official documents. Most of the time, they work in the field, which might involve extended trips from home.
A degree in surveying or mapping; most surveyors are handy with technology like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and computer-aided design software (CADS).
Being a lawyer requires lots of communication with clients; being a paralegal generally does not. Paralegals do many things that lawyers do, such as conducting research and writing legal drafts, but with little client contact.
At minimum, a certificate or degree in paralegal studies. Check out this sample resume for a paralegal.
Successful software developers conceptualize and create computer programs. They are the creative force behind the development of applications—a particular glory that gets shared with programmers. While researching and designing programs usually requires quite a bit of teamwork, many of those interactions will likely take place in the virtual world.
Many software developers hold a bachelor’s or master’s in computer science or software engineering, but it may be possible to land an entry-level position by demonstrating excellent self-taught programming skills. Check out this sample resume for a software developer.