Good news, introverts: It turns out you don’t actually need to talk to people to succeed in life.
There are lots of jobs out there that require workers to interact with others, smile for long periods of time, and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills – all things that make up an introvert’s worst nightmare.
If working a sales floor or addressing crowds of strangers isn’t your speed, you probably won’t enjoy many jobs in business, teaching, or sales. Lucky for you, the Occupational Information Network figured out what jobs someone who prefers to stay in on Saturday night might love. Introverts still gotta eat, right?
If you don’t consider yourself a people person, consider these careers:
For the introvert with a high-school diploma:
No need to make small-talk when your clients have dental tools in their mouth! Say “ahhh,” am I right?
If you have a way with words, you might want to consider the blissful, solitary life of a writer. Be warned, though: If you want to get your name out there, pitching publicists and editors is a part of the job.
Good with your hands? Love the outdoors? Maybe a life on a farm, with lots of quiet time to yourself as you work, is in your future.
For the introvert with a bachelor’s degree:
Unlike a real-estate agent, an appraiser’s job is all about the numbers. Luckily, numbers don’t try to make small talk.
Geological Sample Test Technician
You know what also doesn’t try to make small talk? Rocks.
A research lab could be an oasis for anyone who isn’t a people person. Cytotechnologists spend their days examining cell samples in search of abnormalities.
For the introvert with a master’s degree or higher:
Love problem-solving and hate parties? Mathematicians are notorious for their introverted qualities and solitary work.
If you’re a number-savvy introvert who wants to save the planet, this is the job for you. Environmental economists collect research and data to see how economic policies affect the health of the environment.
Archivists have the best of both worlds: They get to learn about people’s stories, but they don’t actually need to talk to anybody to do it. Most archivists spend their time cataloging historical records and documents which historians can access for years to come.