Best jobs for quiet people
We recently told you the best job for party addicts. We are now exploring the best jobs for those of you that are less into the party.
Introverted and quiet people aren't as rare as often thought. Approximately half of the people tend to be introverted, while the other half is extroverted. The latter simply stand out much more – which often proves to be an advantage on the job.
People who tend to be introverted have great strengths, which are often overlooked: They are good listeners, they can concentrate very well and they are able to think analytically. Strengths like these are an advantage in many positions and no matter which industry you consider, companies are eager for self-starters who are able to work independently.
Here are some examples of typical jobs, where introverts can really shine.
Analytical in nature, most software developers enjoy the opportunity to figure out complicated solutions on their own. The option to work on a consulting basis is another perk of the position. Developers also enjoy the challenge of their position since they must constantly learn new technologies and keep skills up to date.
Average annual salary*: £20,000 – £26,000 for graduates and young professionals, with experience £28,000 – £40,000 and with management responsibilities over £50,000.
For those with introverted personalities, pharmacy offers plenty of time for introspection but isn't a job that's entirely closed off from people – most pharmacists must still deal with patients on a daily basis. Many pharmacists also appreciate the contemplative and life changing nature of their work.
Average annual salary: Between £22,000 and £34,500; for pharmacy consultants or team managers between £45,500 and £81,500.
Working with documents, paralegals often draft contracts, do research and sift through records. The job is rewarding for those who love any type of research and don't need the buzz of constant interaction of working in teams. Since some guidance is provided, the career is a great steppingstone to other areas of the legal field.
Average annual salary: Starting salaries can be between £10,000 and £25,000; with experience up to £40,000.
Often working flexible hours, graphic designers work individually to finish creative projects for various clients. Most designers relish the creativity that the field brings and do their best work almost entirely on their own. Graphic designers value the intersection of art and technology that the career brings.
Average annual salary: Around £15,000 for recent graduates; with experience between £19,000 and £30,000 and up to £50,000 for senior graphic designers.
Market research analyst
Looking into market trends to help understand consumer opinions can be a great position for introverts who are interesting in marketing. Research analysts do anything from one-off studies to extensive research around an area of consumer interest. Analysing data is a significant part of their day.
Average annual salary: Entry-level around £22,000, with experience between £25,000 and £35,000 and for senior posts up to £55,000.
The autonomy that comes with translating languages can be a draw for those looking to work for themselves. Many translators work on multiple projects at once and often manage their own deadlines. While the majority of translators work for agencies others eventually form their own small businesses.
Average annual salary: Entry-level around £18,000, with experience around £30,000.
Putting together technical copy can be a great job for introverts who thrive on individual writing projects. Most writing projects are done on an individual basis and have infrequent interaction with supervisors often without the need for an office. Technical writers must also be comfortable using references to put together their work.
Average annual salary: Around £20,000 for young professionals, up to over £40,000 for experienced writers.
Although working in teams is part of the job description, civil engineers must do the bulk of their work individually. Civil engineers work on anything from tunnels to highways and supervise construction of this type of infrastructure.
Average annual salary: Entry-level between £17,000 and £25,000, with experience between £25,000 and £40,000.
* Salary information from the National Careers Service (available from Direct Gov)
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