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 need some alone time to recharge after a social occasion?
Then you may be an introvert. That doesn't mean you're antisocial; it simply means you need your space. And while it's impossible to place the entire human race into one of two general buckets — "introvert" and "extrovert" — 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.
Web developers are the architects of cyberspace. They design websites and web content with a mind for performance, usability and visual appeal — a task that requires both technical and creative savvy. These professionals must interact with clients, superiors and coworkers to establish a starting point for their projects, but can then spend the majority of their time engaged in coding and design.
Web developer salary information
- 129,540 workers nationwide (2016)
- $66,130 median annual wage (2016)
- 13% projected job growth (2016-2026)
If art is one of your preferred ways to wind down after a long day, you may want to consider a career as a graphic designer. These artists create computer-generated or hand-drawn designs of products, logos, interfaces and more to be used in everything from marketing materials to corporate reports. While graphic designers may be part of a professional team, it is also very possible for them to work independently, or even to collaborate only with one or two particularly close friends or coworkers.
How to become a graphic designer: You'll need an associate or bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field. A professional portfolio demonstrating your work is also important in order to interest prospective employers.
Graphic designer salary information
- 210,710 workers nationwide (2016)
- $47,640 median annual wage (2016)
- 5% projected job growth (2016-2026)
Court reporters have a job in which they are literally expected to sit quietly in the background while other people talk to each other. 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 career 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
- 17,700 workers nationwide (2016)
- $51,320 median annual wage (2016)
- 3% projected job growth (2016-2026)
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 others spend a great deal of time working alone.
How to become a medical lab tech: Technicians typically need an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate in order to start work. Some states require they be licensed as well.
Medical laboratory technician salary information
- 160,190 workers nationwide (2016)
- $50,930 median annual wage (2016)
- 13% projected job growth (2016-2026)
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 helps get them there. These professionals support attorneys in a variety of areas, from organizing files and drafting documents to conducting key legal research. 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. Legal and court documents are increasingly digitized, so today's legal assistants must know their way around a computer as well as a legal library.
Paralegal and legal assistant salary information
- 277,310 workers nationwide (2016)
- $49,500 median annual wage (2016)
- 15% projected job growth (2016-2026)
A lot of you were probably wondering when you'd get to this career on this list. Writers have a reputation for being sensitive and socially withdrawn, and the image of the solitary author penning the next great national novel in a lonely garret is a common one. This is not the only way to become a successful writer, however. Writers can produce many different types of content, and for a variety of different media. That includes technical documents, 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
- 44,690 workers nationwide (2016)
- $61,240 median annual wage (2016)
- 8% projected job growth (2016-2026)
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
- 200,140 workers nationwide (2016)
- $38,040 median annual wage (2016)
- 13% projected job growth (2014-2024)
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- Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
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- "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/