The work environment is no stranger to teamwork. Employers often look for job candidates who can work well in groups and communicate their ideas to others effectively. However, playing nice with others is not always easy given office politics and varying personalities, especially for introverts who would rather limit their interaction with coworkers. Fortunately, a wide variety of jobs are available for these types of people. Let’s take a look at the 10 best jobs for introverts, based on research from PayScale that considers the salary and how much time each occupation spends interacting with others.
10. Social Media Manager
Don’t let the name fool you. The Internet allows introverts to conduct their socializing from a distance. Social media managers interact with fans and customers through Twitter, Facebook, and various other outlets. These professionals also create effective marketing campaigns and may monitor site traffic. Writing and computer skills are required, and many employers seek out candidates with a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or marketing. Salaries can vary significantly, but the average pay totals about $55,680.
9. Small Engine Mechanic
You don’t have to socialize much when you’re busy repairing an engine. Small engine mechanics maintain and repair motors in machinery such as lawnmowers, boats, and motorcycles. Job duties include: routine maintenance, inspection, testing of parts and systems, and the repair or replacement of worn or broken components. Many small engine mechanics enter the field with no more than a high school diploma, but then complete on-the-job training. Certification and associate’s degrees are also available.
Rather than spend their time communicating with crowds, foresters spend quality time with mother nature. They manage and monitor forested areas for public agencies or private companies. A bachelor’s degree is a common requirement, while some states require foresters to be licensed. Additionally, they need to have physical stamina, and the willingness to work outside in varying types of conditions. Foresters typically work regular business hours, but may be called upon to respond to a forest fire or other emergency at any time.
7. Archivist, Curator, or Museum Technician
Working for museums can be an appealing career choice for introverts. Archivists help control and collect information. They help protect objects such as recordings, papers, letters, electronic data, and photographs. Typically, archivists work for museums, schools, governments, or other agencies that need to keep permanent records. Curators also help preserve important items, while museum technicians provide support to curators and archivists. A bachelor’s degree is generally required for all three positions, and a master’s degree is recommended or preferred for archivists and curators.
6. Web Developer
The Internet is a gift to introverts that keeps on giving. Web developers use design and programming software to create websites. They implement tools, links, and other aspects of sites. A bachelor’s degree related to computer science is typically required, and optional certification can improve your odds of finding employment. Employment growth is expected to be a strong 20% from 2012-2022. The median salary of a web developer is $67,540.
5. Fine Artist
Instead of spending hours in the office, fine artists (painters, sculptors, and illustrators) can spend all day in the studio working on their next masterpiece. Formal training is not required to produce beautiful works of art, but you will need to make interesting pieces that people will buy, or you’ll truly learn the meaning of a “starving artist.”
3. Video Game Artist (tie)
The virtual world is often more comfortable for introverts than the real world. Game artists use computer programs to create virtual environments, characters, animation, and user interfaces. Most employers prefer those with 3-5 years of experience working in game development or game art, while some prefer job candidates who have formal training in art, graphic design, game design, or a related area. The median salary of a game artist is $64,470.
3. Private Chef (tie)
Private chefs create meals for individuals or families in private residences. They spend most of their time away from the customers, though. These chefs plan menus, shop for ingredients, and prepare fresh meals for their clients. Despite only needing to meet the needs of one client, they may also be on call. Salaries vary and most private chefs have some form of formal training. The American Culinary Federation awards certification to personal chefs at two levels: the Personal Certified Chef (PCC) and the Personal Certified Executive Chef (PCEC).
Instead of surrounding themselves with people, statisticians spend their days immersed with numbers. They develop surveys and conduct studies to draw conclusions, helping entities such as businesses and communities plan for the future. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or statistics is a starting point, but statisticians generally have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in statistics with an emphasis in a specialized field. The Labor Department expects 27% employment growth during 2012-2022. Statisticians earn a median salary of $75,560.
1. Petroleum Geologist
Petroleum geologists are scientists who spend their time modeling large engineering projects and analyzing data. They focus on the extraction and estimation of oil, gas, and other combustible resources buried in the ground. These professionals can easily make six figures, but a significant amount of formal education is required. A master’s degree is preferred by many employers, and other certification may be needed to prove your worth. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 16% employment growth during 2012-2022.
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