What are the 10 best jobs for introverts?

What are the 10 best jobs for introverts?


About half of the globe’s population is made up of introverts – those who are energized by solitary pursuits and prefer not to have much interaction with people around them, because such social encounters drain them of their energy. Yet in the working sector they are often overlooked, and most of the jobs available are designed for extroverts – those who get their energy from being around and interacting with people.

Given that the world doesn’t seem to be giving introverts a fair treatment, Payscale – an online salary, benefits and compensation information company founded by a former Microsoft manager – decided to sift through its database and find 10 jobs that don’t require a great deal of human interaction, therefore are perfect for the introverted job seeker:

10. Social media manager
Median annual pay: $46,400

PayScale: “Introverts don’t dislike people, they just get exhausted by constantly being around them. But since social media managers specialize in virtual interaction, their work is perfect for introverts. Social media managers interact with thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook fans without having too many people invade their bubble.”

9. Small-engine mechanic
Median annual pay: $30,000

PayScale: “It’s hard to socialize when you have your head buried in an engine, so working as a small-engine mechanic deserves a spot on our list of best careers for introverts. This job requires very little interaction with others, but only pays about $30,000 a year, resulting in it coming in number nine on our list.”

8. Forester
Median annual pay: $47,540

PayScale: “Foresters spend their time communing with nature instead of communicating with crowds, making it the perfect job for an outdoorsy introvert. This job, which is overwhelmingly held by men (92% of foresters are male), involves plenty of time alone while maintaining and studying parks, forests, lakes, and other nature-rich areas.”

7. Archivist, curator, or museum technician
Median annual pay: $39,570

PayScale: “If you’d rather spend your evenings holed up in a museum or library than at a party, you might just be an introvert. You also might just be an ideal archivist, curator, or museum technician. This job comes in number seven on our list of the top 10 jobs for introverts despite a low median salary.”

6. Web developer
Median annual pay: $55,960

PayScale: “The internet is the introvert’s dream — a virtual world where communication takes place via chat rather than in-person interaction. Is it any surprise then that web developers make our list of top jobs for introverts?”

5. Fine artist (painter, sculptor, illustrator)
Median annual pay: $39,520

PayScale: “Some artists are loud and brash, and live for getting their art in front of a crowd. Others are quiet loners who would rather spend hours in the studio than with a large group of people. If you are the quiet creative type, a career in fine art may be ideal for you.”

4. Video game artist
Median annual pay: $49,360

PayScale: “Gamers spend more time interacting with virtual friends and foes than they do with real-life counterparts. Video game artists help create virtual worlds to make these experiences come alive, and they do it mostly without having to interact with people.”

3. Private chef
Median annual pay: $62,190

PayScale: “Private chefs provide a valuable service to their customers, and depending on the size of the meal they prepare, they can be feeding a very large audience. However, they spend most of their time with the food, not the people who eat it, making this a top job for introverts. It’s also interesting that the majority of Private Chefs are female (62%), an anomaly for chefs, who are mostly male.”

2. Statistician
Median annual pay: $71,720

PayScale: “Statisticians let the numbers speak for themselves rather than rely on small talk. They spend their days immersed in spreadsheets and equations, which makes this a great job for introverts. They are also paid well for this work.”

1. Petroleum geologist
Median annual pay: $112,140

PayScale: “Petroleum geologists don’t just make a healthy salary, but they earn it for doing work that soothes the introverted soul. They spend their days modeling large engineering projects and analyzing data.”