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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.

1. Translator

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

2. Tax Accountant

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

3. Landscape Architect

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

4. Graphic Designer

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

5. Private Investigator

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

6. Geographer

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

7. Computer software engineer

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.


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  2. Guestintrovert

    #4: just a caveat: *if only* talent were all it took. Quite often, people will hire a friend to design their logo whether that person is a design rock star or not.

    In and outside of interviews, you still have to passionately market your work and have examples presentation ready at all times, even if going on and on about yourself isn’t your introverted style. Also, be sure to have web skills in your arsenal, most clients expect you to know all media, not just print or web or “insert other media” here for a consistent branding image.

    • Anonymous

      Great points! Talent, passion, perseverance, preparedness and luck are all important aspects of success in any career area.

  3. Vickie Elmer


    Nice blog post – I especially like the geographer and landscape architect recommendations.

    I’d just like to suggest you source where your information comes from, especially when it is specific data such as the forecasted outlook or salaries. Looks like it might be the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, but it will help your credibility to say so. This is my inner editor coming forth.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the feedback! The data does indeed come from the BLS.

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  6. Mark Smith

    I work in the Silicon Valley as a software engineer and here it’s all about the extrovert. Startups and big companies all place demands on you that aren’t super compatible with introverts — big open offices, loud workspaces, lots and lots of collaboration and mixing … it’s hell, honestly.

    There are some places you might be able to get work as an introverted software engineer. I haven’t really found them yet, though, but keep hoping…

    • Tina

      wow,,, I’m blown away by this.. I’m a severe introvert myself, and my older brother also is, but unlike me, he’s always known his passion.. computers.. he’s a very successful software engineer, and I always desperately envied him being able to do what he loves, make a great living, and then spend his free time being “himself”.. alone, whatever.. I’m surprised to hear this viewpoint.. I know he’s complained about a particular boss, but otherwise, I assumed it was just suited for introverts.. thank you for the “food for thought”.. I’d love to hear more of your insights if you’re interested… it seems paradoxical really, since I’d assume most software engineers ARE introverts.. the reflection, endless detail.. all that..

      • Mark Smith

        Agreed — and in many organizations in other areas, the introvert can certainly do well in software engineering.

        I am specifically referring to the so-called Silicon Valley, companies like Google, StumbleUpon, Bump, Mozilla, etc. These days, most offices are so-called “open plan offices”, which don’t really support introverts well. For example, check out Google’s offices:


        Everything is open, close together, loud, and in your face. It is designed to maximize “encounters” and “mixing”, but this means that as an introvert, most of the time you just want to put your headphones on and hide. I don’t know about you and your brother, but sometimes that is just counterproductive to have loud music just to drown out the activity.

        Sometimes here I end up booking a conference room and sitting in it all by myself just to get some peace and quiet. 🙂

        I think that in my industry, they optimize for extrovert engineers. The kind of people who describe themselves as rockstars, ninjas, and outdoors enthusiasts. They spend weekends surfing, rock climbing, and like to live in San Francisco so they can go out every night to concerts and clubs.

        Oh well.

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