One of the most popular pieces of career advice is that networking is critical and success is all about who you know and how strong your personality is. As a result, most people are steered toward careers that require them to be more extroverted. The good news for introverts is that there are plenty of careers that may appeal to them, but they may not hear as much about them.
An engineering degree covers a broad possibility of specialties such as electrical, mechanical or computer engineering. Regardless of the specialty, all engineering degrees are similar in that they involve plenty of time alone working with software and design programs, and figuring out equations and solutions. An engineer may need to be part of a team and interact with a variety of other specialists for projects, but this is mostly short presentations or sharing of their work. The vast majority of what they do is done alone or with a small team.
The job outlook for engineers, especially those involving advanced technology or computers is very bright. Engineers are needed everywhere to build solar panels, computer systems, buildings and machines. Their jobs cannot be easily outsourced or automated, and the demand for engineering professions is only likely to increase.
Library and Information Science
The modern world is dominated by an unprecedented flow of information thanks to the Internet. Those with a master’s in library and information science become experts in the workings of computer networks and programs that share, direct and protect the vast pools of data pervading the modern world. This degree is closely related to computer science, and those interested in computers, technology or programs may pursue this degree option as well.
While the idea of librarians may not be as dramatic or high-tech, their job is quite similar. Librarians are also data managers, and their jobs are becoming increasingly technical as more and more information moves from the printed page to online databases. Many adults now visit libraries to work on computers or access the Internet, and stereotype-busting, tech savvy librarians are in demand.
English and Copywriting
Writers tend to have very solitary careers. Although most people may easily identify a novelist as a writing career, steadier and possibly more lucrative writing careers can be found within business or copywriting. Copywriters create a wide variety of usually short pieces that businesses may use to bolster their advertising or marketing in some way. Copywriters may also create web content or traditional printed materials for the business to use to expand its image, inform or attract customers.
An English degree is most beneficial to copywriters because they will need to be skilled and quick at producing quality written material that is free of grammatical mistakes and is easy to read. They may also benefit from minoring in a business-focused area of study to round things out. While most copywriting jobs don’t require a degree beyond English, it may be possible to get specialized training or certification in copywriting.
Many introverts are more comfortable around animals than people. A degree in veterinary science allows you to work as a vet or technician in an animal hospital. You will still be part of a team and will need to work regularly with other staff and pet owners, but most of your daily interaction will still be with the animals in your care.
Law or Paralegal
This is an important job on the career list for introverts because of the misconceptions it usually carries. When most people think of lawyers, their mind probably jumps to the high-power legal dramas they see on television where brilliant attorneys dazzle courtrooms full of people with their extroverted wit and charm.
The reality of the legal profession is quite different. Most lawyers, and especially paralegals, spend the vast majority of their time in an office writing or doing legal research. Law is for the most part a highly introverted career choice. Typically, only those specializing in criminal law will regularly attend a courtroom. The vast majority of other legal cases never see court because the action happens in offices and small closed meetings.
These are only a few of the interesting career options for introverts. Choosing a career path that aligns with your personality, values and goals is extremely important for your success and happiness. Don’t get misled by the standard advice that is generally targeted to extroverts. There are plenty of interesting and rewarding careers introverts will love.