Do you need quiet to concentrate and get the job done? Do you prefer solo work to group tasks? Do you use daydreaming to problem solve? Then you might just be an introvert!
Introverts like life on the quieter side. But rather than being ‘shy’, many often simply prefer their own company and need quiet time to recharge. They are self aware, highly reflective and can often have a high empathic response to others.
Does this sound like you? Then you’ll be pleased to know these skills are highly valuable in the modern workplace.
But this doesn’t always line up with a modern work environment. With open plan offices, an emphasis on team projects and bundles of communal activities on offer – introverts can struggle to stay energised and productive.
So what are the best jobs for introverts?
To succeed and shine, these jobs will need to include the following 3 principles:
- Roles that offer space and the option for focused quiet
- Roles that offer independence and reflective thinking
- Workspaces with minimal external distractions
We’ve collated the 6 best careers for introverts that incorporate these key factors. So you can use those special skills to their full potential, and pick a career suited to you.
Let’s get started!
Rather than having to stand in front of crowds in a courtroom, legal assistants have a much more focused, individually-led and admin-based role. You’ll help attorneys stay organised, sorting case files, performing research and preparing legal briefs. This means lots of time in libraries and quiet spaces, which will help you perform to your highest ability.
Though you’ll be working alongside lawyers and other professionals, law offices are often very driven and focused. So you’ll enjoy the sociable atmosphere of an office, without the endless distractions of other careers.
As a legal assistant you could make $30,000 – $70,000 a year too! To join this lucrative and rewarding role, you’ll need to learn about general office support responsibilities and have a handle on legal terminology. Our Certificate in Legal Administration is the perfect place to start, as it teaches you all the fundamental responsibilities and skills required to support solicitors and barristers in their day to day work.
Wildlife photographers specialise in capturing the magic of animals of all shapes and sizes in their natural habitat. This means they often spend lots of time outdoors, scouting and capturing behaviour, frequently camping or travelling to follow their subjects.
The editing process is also predominantly a self-led and reflective process. And while you may work with publishers and editors to have your work seen, this role is largely individual in nature, and well suited to an introvert’s innate skills.
Wildlife photographers can earn an average salary of anywhere from $40,000 – $45,000, or higher if they are featured by large publications! To learn the essential skills needed to capture breath-taking photos and get them seen, you’ll want to explore our Wildlife Photography Course where you can learn from experts with over 20 years of experience.
While guides might interact with eager tourists frequently, they are doing so in a special way. Often, the act of guiding involves being a supportive presence, listening deeply and empathising with others. Both these soft skills come very easily to many introverts, and allows them to feel accomplished and productive. These attributes can contribute to an extremely successful guiding career. Plus, you’ll have plenty of downtime in nature, especially during the off season!
A tour guide earns an average of $40,000 a year, but the niche of ecotourism is rising rapidly in demand – so this could rise much higher! Many guides also choose to work freelance so they can set the hours they wish to work. This means they can adjust their schedule to suit their energy levels.
If you think this could be the perfect role for you, you’ll need appropriate training to both gain clients, and to work with them in an effective and professional way. Join our Ecotourism course, and you’ll learn from industry experts on how to offer memorable experiences. Specifically designed to elevate your expertise and prepare you for a successful ecotourism career!
Working in the great outdoors offers plenty of space and time for reflection. Which makes green fingered roles ideally suited to introverts. Landscaping is a fantastic career that allows you to flex your skills in creative thinking and planning, in a quiet and focused way.
Drawing up plans, executing designs and performing maintenance duties for your clients, you could earn up to $100,000 a year. And while you may work in small teams, most of your tasks will be performed in the quiet calm of plants.
To gain clients and wow them with your prowess, you’ll need to know the fundamentals of the trade. Join our Landscaping Course, and you will be walked through everything you need to start a successful landscaping career that suits your unique skill set.
In a similar manner to landscaping, working in the agricultural sector offers a quiet, yet rewarding work environment. Whilst many may not enjoy the idea of working in remote areas with only livestock for company, many introverts would relish this opportunity!
Whether you decide to work with livestock or with crops, you’ll be free from distractions and able to focus on producing a high quality and profitable yield. Plus, this highly introvert-friendly role is highly lucrative too, with an average salary of around $70,000 a year.
To enter this industry, you’ll need to have relevant knowledge and technical skills to be considered. We have a range of Agriculture & Farming Courses to suit your goals, all led by industry experts and developed with your success in mind.
Similar to counselling, coaching offers a unique chance for introverts to use their skills in empathy, compassion and interpersonal relationships to great effect. Working with clients and companies, you will hold checkups and clinics to assess the wellbeing, stress level, goals and diets of a wide range of people. You’ll advise on how they can feel their best, achieve their dreams and improve their health, writing detailed reports and plans to aid them on their journey.
Running a coaching business can be hugely successful for introverts, as their skillset is highly suited to this sort of work. Especially if you choose to start your own business, and run a schedule of client and administration work that is balanced enough to keep your focus and energy levels high. This could even offer you the opportunity to work remotely.
You could be earning $50 an hour and upwards doing so!
To really create change and help clients achieve their goals, you’ll need an appropriate knowledge and understanding of wellbeing principles. Our Certificate in Life Coaching is specifically designed to help you achieve these goals, with a foundation in nutrition, stress management and client planning. Plus it has a strong business component to help you start that freelance career!
All our courses here at My Learning Online are entirely remote, with 24/7 access. This offers introverts the chance to work when it suits them, and in a way that suits their unique skill set. It also allows you the space and freedom to focus, and learn in an environment that suits your needs.
These specifically chosen jobs for introverts are some of the best in New Zealand. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!