An introvert by definition is more quiet and reserved than their outgoing extrovert counterpart. As such, introverts often look for careers where at least some of their working time can be spent by themselves. Sometimes, it’s all about the workspace set up. For example, an introvert working in an open concept start-up might have a difficult time doing a job that he or she could do very well if given a more traditional-type office. Introverts don’t dislike other people; they just don’t mind their own company and often perform best by themselves. Some careers naturally create this kind of people-barrier that introverts crave at least some of the time.
A landscape designer must be creative as they have the responsibility of designing beautiful outdoor spaces. Landscape designers are often responsible for a team of people and for running a business. Those wishing to pursue this career generally hold a bachelor’s degree and complete some type of internship. This is a good career choice for introverts who like to create and to work outdoors. Despite having to manage a team, much of what the landscape designer does can take place within the scope of his or her imagination and behind a closed office door. Sure, you must meet with clients and get out and supervise work, but since the work is being completed outside, there’s lots of body space and room to breathe.
Truck drivers spend many hours alone, and so this could be the perfect job for an introvert who is careful and hardworking. Truck driving jobs vary as there are many different types of trucks and different distances the cargo needs to go. For example, to become a commercial truck driver, you need to attend a training school and obtain a CDL Class A tractor trailer license. Afterwards, you can apply to drive a dry van or flatbed truck. With a little experience, you can work up to driving tankers or freight haulers both of which can be more hazardous. Introverts make great truck drivers because they don’t mind responsibility and working by themselves much of the time.
There are numerous types of job where completing research is a key component of the work. We tend to picture researchers in a sterile environment wearing a lab coat and peering through a microscope, but medical research is just one category of this job. If you don’t love science, but you do love statistics, you might like being a market researcher. This job requires you to analyze products and services for bigger corporations. You’ll have to present your findings to a group of people, but most of what you do will be between you and the reports of what people are buying or selling. If you like words and don’t mind extensive reading, some introverts find legal careers very rewarding. Despite what you see on TV, many lawyers spend most of their time doing research and writing about their findings. Some attorneys never even go to court. For all of these research jobs, a bachelor’s degree is necessary, and to become a licensed attorney, you will need to go to law school and pass the bar.
Therapists are generally fairly empathetic and are good listeners which makes being a counselor a great job choice for introverts. Much of the interaction is one-on-one with a client. The environment is set up to be soothing rather than loud and bright. After each session, there is down time to think about what you’ve heard and take notes. It’s a win-win-win for an introvert. To be a certified counselor, you will need a master’s degree or doctorate.
Introverts can be very successful with any job. The key is choosing a work environment that allows you a significant amount of downtime to refresh and reenergize yourself. Some jobs have this downtime already built into the job description which makes them a more logical choice for someone who doesn’t mind a closed door and a quiet space to think and respond.