Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

This list of the best jobs for introverts includes career tips for quiet people with introverted personality traits. I also included a Personality Test for Introverts to help you find the best job.

best jobs for introvertsIn Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, Jennifer Kahnweiler explains that introverts may feel powerless in a world where extroverts seem to rule. But there’s more than one way to have some sway! In this book, she describes how introverts can find the best ways to make a difference in the world and how to use their natural strengths to make a difference. Kahnweiler identifies six unique strengths of introverts and includes a Quiet Influence Quotient (QIQ) quiz to measure how well introverts are using these six strengths now.

I recently wrote Good First Jobs for Teens, but I didn’t separate the “best jobs for introverts” from the “best jobs for people who like to party!” Here in this article I not only share the best jobs for introverts – I also describe what it means to have introverted personality traits.

What Is an Introvert?

If you’re an introvert, you’re in the minority! But that doesn’t mean it’s “bad” to be an introvert. “You’ll find introverts in all walks of life,” says Shoya Zichy, co-author of Career Match. “However, you’ll find that more of them seek professions such as biologists, engineers, computer programmers, economists, and writers. These occupations require that people spend more time alone rather than working in teams.”

People with introverted personality traits:

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best jobs for introverts

  • Get energy from “down time”
  • Listen more than they speak
  • Prefer to speak with one or two people at a time (instead of several people, or a big group)
  • Are more detail oriented
  • Need more personal space
  • Are usually reserved
  • Wait to be approached in social situations
  • Are reflective and appear calm
  • Think before speaking or acting
  • Know a lot about a few topics
  • Enjoy working alone or with one person

Source of these introverted personality traits: Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz.

Job Search Tips for Introverts and Quiet People

Introverts often have a more difficult time promoting and selling themselves, which means getting hired for the best job may be more difficult. So, while you’re considering the best jobs for introverts, take time to learn a few job search tips!

Figure out how introverted you are

Most people have both introverted and extroverted personality traits. And, most people tend to be a little more one than the others…which is why taking a test for introverted personality traits is helpful! For instance, if you’re highly introverted, then you might want to focus on a job or career that allows you to be alone most of the time, focus on details, and avoid groups or energetic social situations. If you’re only moderately or just slightly introverted, then a more social job might work well.

If you’re not sure if you’re introverted, take this Test for Introverted Personality Traits. I’m definitely introverted, and found that it took a long time to accept and be comfortable with my personality. I love being alone, and I love writing all day long. I could go for a week without talking to anyone. That’s how I get my energy: being alone! And that’s how I know I’m an introvert. What about you – how do you know you’re an introvert? Do you know what type of job suits you best?

Get comfortable with your personality

Many shy, quiet people think they’re socially inept, weird, or antisocial!

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

Introverts don’t always realize that they’re simply drained by groups of people and that they process their thoughts differently than extroverts. The more you know about introverted personality traits – and the more comfortable you are with yourself – the easier it’ll be to settle into a career (and a life) you like. And, dealing with workplace stress and office politics will be easier if you have a little self-awareness and insight into how you tick.

If you feel uncomfortable being labelled as an introvert, read Famous Introverts – Actresses, Actors, Talk Show Hosts.

Persist in finding the best job for you as an introvert

This may seem like an obvious tip, but so many introverts are stuck in jobs that don’t suit their personality types! Maybe they became discouraged during their initial career search and gave up too quickly, or they let a family member or friend railroad them into the wrong type of work. Maybe their supervisor or sheer luck kept giving them job promotions, or they couldn’t afford to quit and look for different work.

Whatever the reason, it’s smarter to stay focused on finding the best job to match your introverted personality traits – no matter how long it takes – than to give up before achieving your professional goals.

Research specific companies and occupations – don’t just look for a job

In the list of jobs for introverts at the beginning of this article, Zichy mentioned writing as a career. While it’s true that many writing jobs allow for independence, a quiet work space, and attention to detail, it depends on where you work!

Career Tips for Quiet People

Best Jobs for Introverts and Career Tips for Quiet People

For example, if you’re a reporter for a big city daily newspaper, you’re not likely to have your own office and lots of quiet time (at least not at the beginning of your writing career!). Finding the best job for introverts and quiet people isn’t just about deciding that writing is a good job for you as an introvert. You need to take it a step further, and research the actual company you’re thinking of working for, the work or office environment you’ll be in, and the specific job you’ll be doing.

One of the best jobs for introverts is blogging!

If you’ve always wanted to write, read How Bloggers Make Money – From Ads to eBooks.

“I hope that you’re doing what you love for a living,” writes Nancy Ancowitz in Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead. “If not, I encourage you to take steps in that direction – or at least find a way to include activities that you enjoy during your personal time.”

Here are a few career tips for introverts and people who’d rather be alone…

Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

First, are you an introvert? Take this test for introverted personality traits.

When I searched for “best jobs for introverts”, I didn’t find many lists of career opportunities. I found a few articles that describe Laurence Shatkin’s types of introverted personality traits. He’s the author of 200 Best Jobs for Introverts and says introverts can identify their perfect job by learning the type of introvert category they fit into.

Shatkin ’s “Types of Introverts”

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

So, if you’re an “artistic introvert”, you’d be happiest in a job that allows you to create art. The best jobs for people who are “social introverts” are those that balance people with working alone.

But instead of focusing on different types of introverts, I’d rather describe a few career categories that people who like to be alone would enjoy.

Self-employment, freelancing, or working from home

I’ve been working at home as a freelance writer for five years, and it’s the best job I’ve ever had. I love to be alone, love to write, and love being self-employed.

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Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People

If you’re an introvert who has a skill (eg, writing, editing, graphic design, etc), the self-discipline or motivation to work independently, and the ability to invest a year or two in starting your business, then self-employment may be the best path for you.

If working from home is not the best job for you as an introvert, read How to Find a Job in South Africa – Tips for Expats :-)

An online career is one of the best jobs for introverts

Can you support yourself as a blogger, web writer, data entry clerk, or social media expert? Those online jobs require minimal person-to-person interaction, and lots of alone time. Real Writing Jobs has several types of online job opportunities – not just writing.

Air traffic controller? If you don’t mind stress!

Here’s an interesting idea:

“As an air traffic controller, you don’t need to talk to anybody except the pilots under your control, and when you do, it’s very regimented, routine, and there is no superfluous dialogue,” says Andrew on What Would Be Ideal Jobs for Introverts? “There’s no dealing with the masses, it’s just you, the pilots, and maybe a half dozen other people (depending on your location) in your immediate vicinity. And communications with these colleagues are all business. No room for small talk when you’re responsible for the lives of hundreds of people at any given moment.”

Quick list of best jobs for quiet introverted people:

  • Truck driver
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • On air personality (radio DJ)
  • Internet technology or computer programming
  • Night cleaning person/janitor
  • Night watchman
  • Lab worker or researcher
  • Trades: carpenters, plumbers, landscapers
  • Science: geologist, pathologist, engineer, statistician, actuary
  • Finance: accountant, stock broker, bookkeeper

But the problem with suggesting particular jobs for introverts is that not everyone has those skills. For instance, an air traffic controller may work alone a lot, but she needs to know how to deal with high stress situations. I believe the best way for introverts to find a job is to find your passion, and then search for the circumstances that allow you to work at your passion alone.

Career Tips for Introverts

Remember that finding the right job isn’t just about being alone. It’s about figuring out what your strengths are, what you enjoy doing, and what makes you feel fulfilled.

Career Tips for IntrovertsSelf-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz is an important read for introverts who are searching for a job. Since you spend 40 hours a week at work, finding a career that suits your introverted personality is crucial to your health, happiness, and well-being. But first, you need to know how to get ahead despite your introverted personality traits.

Another book for job seekers with introverted personality traits is The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career.

Also, you’ll probably never find a job in which you’ll totally be left alone. Instead, you need to focus on finding a job that minimizes the time you spent with groups of people. This is good because you don’t necessarily want a job that totally isolates you. My job – a home-based freelance writer – is extremely isolating, and after five years I definitely have a touch of cabin fever. I’m starting to look for a part-time job outside of working from home. So, my fellow introverts, be careful what you wish for.

What do you think of these jobs for introverts and quiet people? I welcome your thoughts below…I can’t offer advice, but it might be fun for you to share your experience :-)

May you find the career you’re looking for in this list of best jobs for introverts, and may your job search be effective and enjoyable!

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21 Responses

  1. Laurie says:


    Thanks for your comments on these “best jobs for introverts”, and for posting this article on your Facebook page.

    I was the same way when I worked in different social service jobs – I didn’t like the gatherings and office parties at all. Taking one-to-one was fine, but it was too loud to be with a huge group of people.

    But….if you’re considering a career change from avionics tech to writing music….the best time to do it is when you’re young! Major changes like that are much more difficult when we’re older, with mortgages and kids and fears that hold us back.

  2. kristian says:

    i am an avionics tech and i tend to work alone or at most, with two persons. i hate it when people say i should attend company or department parties/gatherings. i feel too surrounded and they are too loud for me. i just want to leave this company and work alone. but still, i have to think of other options. it’s not the job that i don’t like. it’s just the people’s perception – it seems like they are expecting me to be the same as them.

    i don’t think i can be anywhere in the list because it is either low-paid or requires a degree-holder at least maybe in our country. also, some needs a good network of people which i don’t have. haha.. i can see writing songs as an option but i think i would need to know some personalities in the industry.

    maybe i’d be better off with my current job for now.

  3. Laurie says:

    I think one of the best jobs for introverts is writing. I’ve been blogging since 2008, and feel like I never want to work with people in a full-time capacity again. Unless I have my own office, and can work independently :-)

    The more I learn about introverted personality traits, the more I learn about myself.

  4. Carley Kwick says:

    I am also an introvert and I just started working at a deli yesterday and I just don’t think I’m going to like it because I get really nervous when I have to talk to people I don’t know. I want to be a photographer for a sporting event but I only have my high school diploma and I don’t have my license but I don’t know how long I’m going to be able to take working at this job.

  5. B Regina says:

    I am so grateful to have found this site. I am a true introvert, unemployed and looking for the right career. I used to work as a lab scientist and was part of a mass layoff in 2009. I realize now how much I loved working alone. Next, I spent a few years as a stay at home wife/mom and in 2013, switch careers to Nursing. Don’t like it. Wrong career choice 😁. I love working with patients; one on one but there is too much drama, backstabbing, chatter, large groups and people who tell you when to eat, go to the restroom, switch your work schedule at a moments notice, etc. I just couldn’t handle it anymore. Seeking peace and being true to myself. Feels great!

  6. Drew says:

    Also I have a real job I found for introverts this summer. Its seasonal but I really enjoyed it. Its meter inspections for a utility company. All you do is drive around in the comfort of your own vehicle. (Mileage paid) and paint and take photos of gas meters on a provided electronic device. 10 hr shifts m-f $12hr. You only have to talk to people once or twice a month when you are audited. Contact your utility provider and see who its contracted to in your area. Great job but seasonal. Everyone should share if they find jobs that sound too good to be true, but are.

  7. Drew says:

    The job list should also be different for male and female introverts. A male doing some jobs would only bring more attention same for female. Example…I would like to be a barista but I dont want to look gay either. Barista is a female dominant skill that would be great for a female introvert working in a drive through stand with no one looking over your shoulder. Work fast and efficient to get drinks made quick and properly. Get tips to act fake nice to people. If your going to have to talk to people you might as well get paid.

  8. Drew says:

    Good stuff.. but I disagree with the carpenter or any construction industry job being good for an introvert considering most are A-holes. Whats worse than people to an introvert than rude A-hole people that talk before they think or just to try to ruff your feathers. Bad bad.

  9. Lefa says:

    I am an introvert, I have a degree in Human Resource Management and currently doing an internship and i have realised that i tend to listen than speaking in a meeting unless been talked to. Again i enjoy spending time alone and i talk a lot when with someone i am comfortable with but if a group of people can join us and engage, i tend to withdraw and talk less. Am i in the corrent career and how should i identify my strengths that will make me thrive in the workplace?

  10. Nadia says:

    Thank you for the great article, I am am introvert and currently working in a stressful customer facing job which completely drains me of energy by the end of the day, I’m looking for a job where I can work with small groups of people or even with animals but nothing like the typical office/desk jobs, something more exciting but I’m still yet to discover what that is

  11. Chloe says:

    I am an introvert, and currently in college. I’ve been looking and looking for work, but none of what’s available is for me! I know working at a register would involve interacting with people, plus the fear of not counting the money correctly or taking too long to count it adds pressure to doing the job perfectly. But I think freelance writing would be perfect for me because I love to write, and I don’t have to be around people, at least not all the time. Thank you for this list! :)

  12. Abdul Qadir says:

    Hello. I’m definitely a introvert I feel as though we are unique people, highly motivated maybe even over achievers & people take advantage of us because we’re quiet, humble hard workers who just want to be left the hell alone & do our jobs without the unesseccary drama. Peace & respect to all introverts.

  13. Rachel says:

    I enjoyed reading your article, but was disappointed to see you promoting Real Writing Jobs as there are many reviews online that say it is a scam. Why have you mentioned it in your blog?

  14. Joy says:

    I am a definite introvert but enjoy one on one time with children. I’m a special education teacher who is burnt out from all the stress. I would like a small environment with low stress. Having a hard time finding this with my education background. I also have a degree in biology but do not enjoy working in a lab.

  15. Sane says:

    Thanks that was very helpful, I am an Introvert. I hv chosen a wrong career. Im in the hospitality industry, and hv been for 7years. Im not happy at all. I feel like its too late to start over. I like to read a lot, i spend most of my spare time reading if im not work.

  16. Alison says:

    Thank you for your tips, they are really helpful. I am highly introverted and I am looking to return to the work force part time after 8 years being home with the kids (not that great for an introvert but in line with my values, hehe). I think if I can find a job working alone or within a small group, I may still have a little bit of energy left for the family chaos in the evenings! I will have a look at the books you have suggested.

  17. Josh says:

    My grandad was an introvert who became an accountant for TopShop, Dorothy Perkins, Greenwoods, he is now retired and he now has an introvert grandson who wants to be an air traffic controller or follow in his footsteps as an accountant, I was going to study law but I am too shy to do so

  18. Laurie says:

    One of the best jobs for introverts is on-call or relief work, if you can get it. I just started working relief shifts at a transition house for women fleeing domestic violence in North Vancouver, and think it’s perfect for introverts! Relief and on-call work allows you to work when you feel like it…..but you have to have the financial freedom to not have a full-time job. This, I admit, is not the case for 99% of the working population.

  19. Angela says:

    Thanks for this valuable information. I’m definately an introvert. I am currently unemployed and searching for the right career choice for me.

  20. Laurie says:


    Thank you for being here – it’s always great to hear from a fellow introvert! Biology sounds like a great job for someone with introverted personality traits, because it gives you time alone. And if you’re working on things you love, you’ll be doubly happy in your career.

    Best of luck with your school; may the learning come easy and the lessons be light.


  21. Amanda Bryant says:

    Like yourself I am also an introvert. Need I say that I am very quiet and reserved as well. Some people love it others hate it. We are unique individuals. I find peace in solitude. Large groups of people is mentally draining. I’m currently working and in school. I will b we happy 2 hen U graduate, and get into the career that I love, a Biologist. This all a learning experience for me, through the grace of God I will make it through.

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