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Does schmoozing, constant communication and tons of teamwork make you want curl up under your desk?
You may be one of the 25 percent of introverted Americans.
That doesn’t mean you’re shy — just invigorated by solitary (as opposed to social) activities. That makes you a perfect candidate for jobs involving complex problem solving, independent work and deep-concentration creativity.
No job allows you to live in a cave, but we’ve hand-picked the most in-demand careers that will let your inner introvert shine.
Okay, you do have to interact with clients sometimes. But a translator’s workday features hours of quiet solitude as you track down the perfect word or decipher the exact meaning of a technical phrase.
Outlook: With the continuing rise of global ties and a growing multi-lingual population, openings in this career field are expected to increase at a much faster rate than average — a whopping 22 percent by 2018.
Average Salary: $23,000 – $86,000
With your introvert’s aptitude for problem solving and independent analysis, you help businesses and individuals get their taxes filed easily, efficiently and on time. Although there’s some time spent with clientele, you get to crunch most numbers all on your little lonesome.
Outlook: As more businesses are created each year, the need for expert accountants is going up — to the tune of 22 percent increase in job openings by 2018.
Average Salary: $39,000 – $107,000
Landscape architects get plenty of opportunities to work independently. To design outdoor areas that are both functional and beautiful, you’re often on your own, drafting models, preparing cost estimates and performing research.
Outlook: With the uptick in the need for sustainable designs — like green roofs and water catchment systems — this career field is expected to see a 20 percent growth rate through 2018.
Average Salary: $37,000 – $102,000
Working at the intersection of art and technology, you typically fly solo to create the visual products clients demand. Whether employed by a large firm or working freelance, you’re more likely to be found in front of a computer screen or blank page, than face to face with other people.
Outlook: Competition in this field can be fierce. But in this age of visual communication, gifted graphic designers are in demand.
Average Salary: $26,000 – $77,000
If you thought research was confined to academia and science, think again. In the ultimate fact-finding position, private investigators spend their days analyzing information, uncovering clues and surveying people of interest. Your sharp focus and independent streak make this solitary job a good fit.
Outlook: Heightened security needs mean this field is seeing an upswing in demand – 22 percent to be exact.
Average Salary: $26,000 – $75,000
As a physical geographer, your world revolves around studying the earth. Whether compiling data from satellite imagery or developing a new geographical information system, your self-directed work requires keen concentration, strong analytical skills, and — lucky for you — not too many meetings.
Outlook: The 26 percent hike in employment opportunities for geographers will mainly come from new government projects.
Average Salary: $42,000 – $102,000
The work of a computer software engineer — and indeed many other careers in computer science — appeals to introverts because you’re usually left in peace to solve complex technical problems. While you’ll need to deal with clients or project managers at times, most of your day is spent with your face to the screen.
Outlook: As computer networks continue to grow, the outlook for this career is expected to be among the highest of all professions, topping out at 32 percent. Not so shabby, right?
Average Salary: $61,000 – $143,000
Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a career exploration site where people can discover what opportunities exist and learn what paths can take them there. Join the conversation on Twitter @InsideJobs.