The Best Career Paths for Introverts

by Thomas Metcalf

Introverts do not need constant reinforcement from their peers -- they work well behind the scenes with minimal supervision and few interruptions. They are often artistic, creative, analytical and independent. About one-quarter of the population fits the definition of an introvert, reports Florida Tech University, and there are plenty of career opportunities for them.

Design Media and the Arts

From graphics designers to freelance writers, the creative arts offer bountiful opportunities for people who are introverted. Whatever the medium, creative people find outlets for their skills by expressing their inner thoughts. The game designer takes his skill to the computer, thinking through the sequences of a product that stems completely from his imagination. A writer is free to work his craft when he is building ideas into finished products as varied as brochures and novels. Interior decorating and fashion design are also career opportunities for the introvert.


Research positions are also excellent fields for the introspective person. A lot of research is quantitative to a degree, and the mathematical or statistical person is quite at home here. Scientific research is performed by the chemist, biologist and physicist. Some find their niche in marketing research, analyzing market trends and product innovation and acceptance. Economists conduct research on topics ranging from national trends to industry performance. Paralegals, legal assistants and attorneys all conduct research in the pursuit of legal precedents.

High-Tech Industry

The computerized world offers more opportunities for workers who do not seek center stage. Software developers create, update, and install software, while web developers design and build websites. On the systems side there are computer network architects who configure networks of all sizes. Database analysts help determine system architecture and debug software. Systems administrators maintain the computer networks, while information securities analysts maintain watch to keep hackers at bay. For the person with an analytical mind, which many introverts possess, the cyber-world offers countless opportunities.


Finance is a numbers field which makes it ideal for those introverts with a quantitative bent. Accountants are number crunchers, working with financial statements and calculating taxes. Budget analysts also require the accountant’s skills as they too, work with spreadsheets to analyze cash flows. A firm’s controller is also a financial analyst, generating and reporting financial statements. On the stock trading side, a portfolio compliance specialist is involved with portfolio management, studying trading activity, looking for compliance and regulatory issues. All of these positions require the skills often found in an introverted person -- math and computer knowledge, attention to detail and critical thinking ability.

About the Author

Thomas Metcalf has worked as an economist, stockbroker and technology salesman. A writer since 1997, he has written a monthly column for "Life Association News," authored several books and contributed to national publications such as the History Channel's "HISTORY Magazine." Metcalf holds a master's degree in economics from Tufts University.

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