Introverts believe that the job market is biased towards extroversion. But what a misconception is that! Not only introverts can get jobs, but they also can get very ambitious high-paying jobs!
So, to help you stop feeling miserable and misunderstood, and inspire to start dreaming about better future I will introduce you with 9 ambitious jobs suitable for introverts (+1 bonus job which is a joke), but first of all – some underlying ideas.
It’s not about people
Many blogs and publications have their own lists of jobs for introverts, but most of them concentrate on how few social interactions the job appears to have.
This is a wrong approach, because of two reasons:
1) We’re on a spectrum.
No one is a pure extrovert or a pure introvert, so even an introvert will tolerate some amount of social interaction if the job is really interesting and fulfilling.
You might be on the extreme end of the spectrum, but it’s hard to think about a job that has absolutely zero human interaction. Even if you feed animals at the zoo or repair machines at the factory, even then there is a manager who tells you what to do.
So, let’s focus on the content of the job first, not on interactions. Introverts are not afraid of interaction, they’re afraid of shallow meaningless interaction. The meaningful job might give this meaning.
2) Some jobs only appear to be less social.
How often can we find lists of jobs for introverts with entries such as:
- bus driver
None of these are what they seem to be. Librarian is actually a front office manager who interacts with people all day long. Bus driver interacts with his passengers all day long. And programmers usually work in open spaces with lots of noise, interruptions, and distractions.
So, we might be dealing with books, machines or computers, but the actual procedures or the environment of the job may include lots of people.
Again, let’s focus on the content of the job, not on interactions. If books are life, you might feel energized to talk to random people about books all the day.
So, what to focus on?
As inspiring introvert Beth Buelow argues, there are three things to focus on:
Autonomy: How much can we control the environment we work in, the time we spend with people, and how many people are we dealing with?
Mastery: Is there a possibility to become a highly skilled expert? People rarely want a shallow repetitive job.
Purpose: How much meaning is there in the work we do? Do we feel we’re doing the right thing?
Inspiring introvert Aletheia Luna adds, that we must focus on our natural interests and skills. In extremely rare cases the job is a perfect joy, most often it’s a mixture of good and bad. For someone who tries to avoid people the same applies – there are people in any job. Let’s try not to limit our decisions by this mere indicator of peopleness.
And also, inspiring introvert Val Nelson argues, that self-employment is a natural fit for introverts. Because then we’re able to have lots of autonomy, choose the business that requires mastery and find a purpose in a job that aligns well with our natural interests and skills. And in our modern internet society, dealing with people usually becomes dealing with emails. Not that bad, isn’t it?
Of course, don’t forget money, that is why I am suggesting those 9 ambitious jobs. Not simple down to earth professions, but ambitious careers!
You might doubt if this list is serious or not, but it almost is. However, it is aimed more at inspiring dreams than providing a list of options. Choosing a career path consists of:
- knowing one’s natural interests and skills,
- learning about the professions available, their requirements and opportunities,
- acquiring new skills.
Usually, lists teach about professions available, but may this one awaken your natural interests.
Ambitious jobs for introverts
How high can I dream? This high:
1) Business owner (with an extroverted partner)
Exactly! Find an extroverted partner and start a business together. The extroverted partner will be responsible for sales and people, the introverted partner for numbers and tech side.
The most famous example are Steves of Apple: Jobs and Wozniak.
Introverts can deal with one or two extroverts in their life, even they get married. Did you know that Susan Cain’s husband is an extrovert?
2) IT professional
So many high-paying options available in this skill requiring, world changing field! System administrators, web developers and much more!
However, be aware of the environment of the job, it might vary from company to company.
3) Fiction writer
But what about writing a really great book? A bestseller? If your aims are high, this might be a serious profession!
However, this profession requires an exceptional talent, but no one knows if they have it without actually trying.
Close yourself in a garage and invent something that will change the world. Or just a bit of the world.
Inventions are not what they used to be in 1800’s when Charles Goodyear spend lots of time alone in his garage trying to invent a way to process the rubber. But I believe we still have opportunities in this profession.
Sport is a great field for introverts. Maybe not all sports are suitable, but some of them fit perfectly, check these 21 sports suitable for introverts.
However, if you’re not ambitious and don’t want to be a champion, do not try it.
Be it studying minerals, bacteria or the stars – many great discoveries await us. The world’s still full of unsolved mysteries.
I’ve heard rumors, that levels of human interaction in any field of science are always higher than expected.
Choose your way of expression – music, paintings or sculpture and one day, after years of practice you might create something astonishing!
8) VIP customer service manager
VIP customer service managers in contrast to usual customer service managers deal with a limited amount of people and usually maintain deeper and more focused connections with them.
If I’m not sure what to draw in an illustration, I usually draw a cat.
A prestigious and skill requiring profession which involves lots of traveling. And maybe one day you’ll be hired as a spaceship pilot for regular flights to the Moon…
Bonus: 10) Mars colonizer
Just imagine a handful of carefully selected people, whose characters are perfectly compatible, whose jobs require perfect skills in many fields, and whose mission is to make a major breakthrough in the history of humanity.
Wouldn’t it be a perfect job for an extremely ambitious introvert?
You might find some of the entries overly positive. Not every fiction writer writes a bestseller, not every athlete becomes a champion and not every Mars colonizer does not die from the radiation.
Ambitious professions always require these two things:
- A tremendous amount of effort to get the skills required or just to compensate for the lack of talent.
- A tremendous amount of luck.
Every profession requires some effort and some luck, but ambitious people who aim high are ready to put more work and to wait for luck more patiently.
If you want to get more serious and more down to earth ideas about jobs for introverts, please check these 4 resources this article is based on.
- The Perfect Job for Any Introvert
- Self-employment Ideas for Introverts
- Loner’s Guide: Jobs for Introverts
- 19 high-paying jobs for shy people
Also, please criticize suggested professions in the comments.