Learn more about careers that tend to embrace internal thinking over social interaction.
Are you an introvert looking to find your place in the working world? You're in luck. There are actually a variety of jobs out there that are geared toward the less-than-social.
Career coach Curt Rosengren recommends that introverts look for careers more focused on the internal process.
"Envision doing something where a majority of the time is spent doing things in your head," says Rosengren. "An introvert would feel more comfortable and enjoy the solo time."
Ready to find your career match? Check out these five career options that just might embrace your introverted qualities.
Career #1 - Computer Programmer
If you don't mind a position where the main interaction occurs between you and your computer, a career as a computer programmer could be a good fit for your introverted nature.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer programmers might spend time alone writing in computer languages like C++ and Java in order to create software programs. They're also the ones who test code and fix mistakes in the event of an error. And because their work can be done anywhere, they often telecommute.
Education options: Ready to use your introverted qualities in the tech world? Then you may want to consider pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject, as according to the Department of Labor, most computer programmers have one. However, the Department notes that some employers might hire those with an associate's degree.
Want to enter the health care field but prefer a more behind-the-scenes position? A career as a medical records and health information technician could be a good fit.
Instead of being hands-on with patients, these technicians are generally more hands-on with patients' health information, making sure it's accurate, up-to-date, and accessible in paper and electronic systems, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Education options: Think this career might fit your introverted personality? To enter this occupation you'll usually need a postsecondary certificate, says the Department of Labor. However, keep in mind that some of these professionals may have an associate's degree and that many employers might require professional certification.
Career #3 - Graphic Designer
Looking for a creative outlet where you can work on your own? Consider a career as a graphic designer, where you might be able to eventually work from home - or even work on a freelance basis. This could mean more time for you to tap into your creative mind without the noise and commotion often found in an office.
By mixing art with technology, graphic designers communicate ideas to consumers by developing the layout and design for brochures, websites, advertisements, or other marketing visuals, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Education options: Ready to brush up your artistic skills to prepare for this introspective career? A bachelor's in graphic design or a related subject is typically required, says the Department of Labor. However, if you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you "may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications."
Career #4 - Network Administrator
If you consider yourself a techie and think you'd prefer spending time alone with computer networks versus people, a career as a network and computer systems administrator could be right up your alley.
As a network and computer systems administrator, you might be responsible for organizing, installing, and supporting a company's computer systems, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In order to keep the systems up-to-date, you could set up network hardware and software, gather information to measure the network's performance, and make the necessary upgrades and repairs, adds the Department of Labor.
Education options: Want in on this introvert-friendly tech career? The Department says that most employers require a bachelor's degree in computer or information science related subject, while some only require a postsecondary certificate. But a post-secondary certificate could be adequate in certain positions.
Career # 5 - Bookkeeper
Do you prefer interacting with numbers rather than people? Consider preparing for a career in bookkeeping, accounting, or as an auditing clerk..
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, your daily duties could include documenting financial transactions, keeping financial statements up-to-date, and ensuring the accuracy of financial records for an organization.
Education options: Eager to put your math skills to the test in this solo-friendly career? Look into taking some accounting classes. According to the Department of Labor, although most clerks only need a high school diploma, some employers prefer those with some postsecondary education, particularly coursework in accounting.
After you decide which career fits for your shy personality, you'll want to start preparing for it - which in many cases might mean going back to school. And if you think you're too shy for school as well, you might want to consider pursuing an online degree. According to University.com, a comprehensive research site for students interested in online degrees and courses, there are a couple online programs that could help you prepare to pursue a behind-the-scenes career, including health information technology and computer science.
Molly Smith also contributed to this article by updating the information on 07/10/2014
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