7 Great Gigs for Introverts
Does your idea of a perfect Saturday night involve staying at home to read a good book or watch your favorite show? Are you secretly thrilled when someone cancels their plans with you? Do you enjoy your alone time?
Then you may be an introvert. That doesn't mean you're anti-social; it simply means you need your space. And while it's impossible to place ourselves in one of two general buckets, some people are simply more introverted than others. This can be an important factor when seeking out your workplace niche. Obviously, working as a wedding planner, PR coordinator or other job that requires you to be "on" all day will be exhausting and unpleasant. Instead, check out these jobs for introverts that will give you plenty of opportunity to recharge throughout the day.
How to become a web developer: An associate degree in web design or a related field is sufficient for most jobs although some employers prefer to hire those with a bachelor's degree.
Web developer salary information
- 121,020 workers nationwide (2014)
- $68,670 average incomes (2014)
- 20% projected job growth (2012-2022)
If you'd rather design art than websites, you may want to consider a career as a graphic designer. These artists use software or hand draw designs to be used in everything from marketing materials to corporate reports. While graphic designers may be part of a collaborative team, their work is largely solitary and nearly a quarter of designers were self-employed in 2012, according to the BLS.
How to become a graphic designer: You'll need an associate or bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field.
Graphic designer salary information
- 197,540 workers nationwide (2014)
- $50,670 average incomes (2014)
- 7% projected job growth (2012-2022)
Court reporters have a job in which they are literally expected to sit quietly in the background. These professionals attend depositions, trials and other legal proceedings to transcribe everything that is said. Occasionally they may be called upon to read back a part of the transcript, but for the most part, this job is an introvert's dream.
How to become a court reporter: You need to have mad typing skills, and a certificate or associate degree in court reporting wouldn't hurt either.
Court reporter salary information
- 18,330 workers nationwide (2014)
- $55,000 average incomes (2014)
- 10% projected job growth (2012-2022)
Medical laboratory technician
Medical laboratory techs perform routine medical laboratory tests, usually in general or surgical hospital facilities. They analyze fluids and other specimens, help operate sophisticated lab equipment, and log results into patients' medical records. Some lab techs work under the direction of laboratory managers and alongside other lab professionals, but otherwise spend a great deal of time working alone.
How to become a medical lab tech: Technicians need to complete a one- or two-year certificate program.
Medical laboratory technician salary information
- 160,460 workers nationwide (2014)
- $40,750 average incomes (2014)
- 30% projected job growth (2012-2022)
Paralegal or legal assistant
Lawyers may take the spotlight arguing cases in the courtroom, but it is often the hard work of paralegals and legal assistants that help get them there. These professionals support attorneys in a variety of areas, from organizing files and drafting documents to conducting key legal research. Legal and court documents are increasingly digitized, so today's legal assistants must know their way around a computer as much as a legal library. They can work for firms, corporate legal departments and even the government, but spend a good deal of time researching and documenting cases alone.
How to become a paralegal or legal assistant: Most paralegals and legal assistants have associate degrees in paralegal studies although bachelor's degrees and certificates in the field are also available.
Paralegal and legal assistant salary information
- 272,580 workers nationwide (2014)
- $51,840 average incomes (2014)
- 17% projected job growth (2012-2022)
Edgar Allan Poe. J. D. Salinger. Even J.K. Rowling. Writers have a reputation for being sensitive and socially withdrawn. Sound familiar? One need not write the great American novel to be a successful writer, however. Writers can produce many different types of content, and for a variety of different media. That includes technical document, books, articles and even Web copy.
How to become a writer: Technical writers may need a bachelor's degree, but many other writers and authors are self-taught.
Writer salary information
- 43,500 workers nationwide (2014)
- $67,870 average incomes (2014)
- 3% projected job growth (2012-2022)
Medical billing and coding specialist
Medical billing and coding specialists are proof that not all health care jobs demand patient care (or even patient interaction). These professionals review patient records to document tests and procedures using special coding systems for documentation and billing purposes. Some report to offices and work on a team of health care support professionals, but others work from home. Either way, medical billers and coders spend more time with computers and paperwork than people.
How to become a medical biller and coder: You'll need a certificate in health information technology or medical coding. Associate degrees are also offered at many schools.
Medical biller and coder salary information
- 184,740 workers nationwide (2014)
- $38,860 average incomes (2014)
- 22% projected job growth (2012-2022)
- "7 Reasons Introverts Make Great Leaders," Inc., September 17, 2014, Jessica Stillman, http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/7-reasons-introverts-make-great-leaders.html
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
- Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 25, 2015, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm
- "2013 Salary Survey: Coder Employment On the Rise," American Academy of Professional Coders, September, 2013, http://news.aapc.com/index.php/2013/09/2013-salary-survey-coder-employment-on-the-rise/