Best Jobs for Introverts

By Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

Do you cringe at the thought of networking with strangers and secretly pray to come down with the flu so you can avoid such situations? Ever feel like you're the only person who despises working in teams or breaks into a cold sweat when giving presentations? If so, you're in good company.

Consider the following icons: Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Katherine Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Albert Einstein. Each of them has been labeled an introvert and chances are ' if you've ever experienced the symptoms above ' you have too."

Although introverts make up only 25 percent of the population, they make up a majority of the gifted population. Many highly successful people are thought to be introverts -- even some presidents of the United States," says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., co-author of 200 Best Jobs for Introverts (JIST - 2008).

But what about introverts who aren't vying for the presidency or hoping to direct an award-winning film? What do they do? "Introverts sometimes get very frustrated working in today's service-based economy, with so many jobs that emphasize serving the public or working in teams.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good jobs that let people work by themselves and without interruption," says Shatkin. He identifies the following occupations as some of the best jobs for introverts who want a career that complements their personality.

1. Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software

Annual Earnings: $82,120

Percent Growth: 43.0 percent

Annual Openings: 37,000

2. Accountants and Auditors

Annual Earnings: $52,210

Percent Growth: 22.4 percent

Annual Openings: 157,000

3. Actuaries

Annual Earnings: $81,640

Percent Growth: 23.2 percent

Annual Openings: 3,000

4. Editors

Annual Earnings: $45,510

Percent Growth: 14.8 percent

Annual Openings: 16,000

5. Market Research Analysts

Annual Earnings: $57,300

Percent Growth: 19.6 percent

Annual Openings: 20,000

6. Graphic Designers

Annual Earnings: $38,390

Annual Openings: 35,000

7. Technical Writers

Annual Earnings: $55,160

Percent Growth: 23.2 percent

8. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians

Annual Earnings: $48,040

Percent Growth: 9.8 percent

Annual Openings: 18,000

9. Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Annual Earnings: $34,810

Percent Growth: 10.3 percent

Annual Openings: 18,000

10. Postal Service Mail Carriers

Annual Earnings: $46,330

Percent Growth: 0.0 percent

Annual Openings: 19,000

Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. Her articles help people find meaningful work, develop their career and life plans, and carry out effective job search campaigns.

Copyright 2008 Selena Dehne

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