The 10 Best Jobs For Introverts

Jacquelyn Smith

Susan Cain, author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” says introverts can be very social, but because they tend to reach equilibrium in quieter, lower-key environments, professions like astronomer and film editor are a better fit for them. 

“They typically prefer jobs that offer some autonomy, privacy, focus, and the ability to work in-depth on interesting projects," Cain says. "Many introverts are in seemingly extroverted professions (such as media and PR) because of their love for the subject, [but] the successful ones honor their own temperament and make sure to recharge their batteries frequently.”

All providing independence, strong projected growth, and decent pay, CareerCast.com has identified the following 10 jobs as the best suited to introverted job seekers:

Animal Care and Service Workers  

Annual median salary:$19,970 (caretakers)/$25,270 (trainers) 

Projected growth by 2020:15% 

Archivist 

Annual median salary: $47,340 

Projected growth by 2020: 11% 

Astronomer 

Annual median salary: $96,460 

Projected growth by 2020: 10% 

Court Reporter 

Annual median salary: $48,160 

Projected growth by 2020:10% 

Film/Video Editor 

Annual median salary:$51,300 

Projected growth by 2020: 3%   

Financial Clerk  

Annual median salary:$36,850  

Projected growth by 2020:11%  

Geoscientist 

Annual median salary: $90,890 

Projected growth by 2020: 16% 

Industrial Machine Repairer 

Annual median salary: $46,920 

Projected growth by 2020:17% 

Medical Records Technician 

Annual median salary:$34,160 

Projected growth by 2020: 22% 

Social Media Manager 

Annual median salary: $54,170  

Projected growth by 2020: 12% 

“You wouldn't think that a job with 'social' right in the name is suited to introverts, but it's a great fit,” said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast, in a release. “While in-person interaction may not be an introvert’s cup of tea, technological outlets allow an introvert to maintain person-to-person communication electronically without the stresses of actual conversation.”

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