Best Careers for Shy People

Introvert-Friendly Careers

Learn more about careers that tend to embrace internal thinking over social interaction.

By Amy Winter    

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.

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Education options: Ready to use your introverted qualities in the tech world? A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject - like computer programming - is often recommended, says the Department of Labor. However, the Department notes that some employers might hire those with an associate's degree.


Career #2 - Medical Records and Health Information Technician

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.

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Education options: Think this career might fit your introverted personality? An associate's degree or certificate program in health information technology is generally preferred by employers, says the Department of Labor.


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 can 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.

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Education options: Ready to brush up your artistic skills to prepare for this introspective career? A bachelor's in graphic design or fine arts can help prepare you to pursue a graphic design career, says the Department of Labor.


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 administrator could be right up your alley.

As a network 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.

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Education options: Want in on this introvert-friendly tech career? The Department says that most network administrators earn a bachelor's in computer science, network administration, or information systems. But an associate's degree could be adequate in certain positions.


Career # 5 - Bookkeeper

Do you prefer interacting with numbers rather than people? Consider preparing for a career as a bookkeeper.

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.

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Education options: Eager to put your math skills to the test in this solo-friendly career? Look into earning an associate's degree in accounting or business. According to the Department of Labor, some employers prefer candidates with this credential. You might also need to learn how to use accounting software, spreadsheets, and databases.

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