There are many reasons you might prefer a career with a low amount of personal interaction. Maybe you are an introvert. Maybe you’re shy. Or perhaps you just do your best work alone.
Whatever your motivation, if you want a job with little to no customer interaction, there are many good career options for you.
Whether you prefer to work from home, in an office, or in a variety of locations, many jobs exist which meet your criteria.
Here’s a list of some of the best careers for introverts and why you might find these jobs a good fit.
The animal care industry is full of opportunities for introverts and shy people. Not only do you get to work with animals all day, but there is also almost no customer interaction—with human customers, that is. For animal lovers, that’s a win-win career move. Popular animal care jobs include:
If you are a thinker and a problem solver, a career in engineering could be a good fit for you. As an engineer, you will use math and science principles to create solutions to technical problems. Several industries have a need for smart, capable engineers. If you choose the engineering career path, you will have options such as:
As an investigator, a big part of your job is observation and analysis. For example, you could spend hours online searching for details about a person or a specific document. You will examine evidence, explore possibilities, and fit together all of the puzzle pieces to make a complete picture. Investigators work for private security firms, police departments, and even large corporations. Some private investigators are entrepreneurs who run their own business.
Machinists work in factories and product manufacturing plants to operate various types of machinery to create precision metal or plastic parts based on particular specifications. Since those are loud environments with some potential hazards, you will wear protective eyewear and headphones while you work, which virtually eliminates small talk on the job.
Mechanics do repair and maintenance work on all sorts of complex machines, from cars, trucks, and motorcycles to boats and airplanes. Mechanic jobs are good for introverts who like knowing how things work and enjoy working with their hands.
The medical field creates a massive volume of records on patients, whether from routine checkups or hospital visits. All of those medical records need to be organized and computerized. Medical records jobs typically involve filing and data entry and some positions are remote so you could do the work from home.
Introverts who like doing research and conducting experiments may enjoy a career as a scientist. You could work in a lab, a university, or in the research and development department of a large corporation. As a scientist, your focus would be on learning and discovery—not other people—and there are multiple branches of science you could choose from, like:
For introverts, the nice (and ironic) thing about being a social media manager is that you don’t actually have to be that social. Social media managers handle the posting of content, ad campaigns, and replying to fans, critics, or customers for brands and businesses. You might have several clients and work from home, or you might work for a specific company in an office. Either way, you will spend most of your work time on a computer.
Web developers use programming languages to create web-based computer applications, like Facebook and even ZipRecruiter. Although some communication is necessary to determine project specifications, the majority of the work consists of solitary hours at a computer, crunching out code and testing to see that it works. Web developers are in high demand and may work from home as freelancers or directly for companies as remote workers, although some businesses prefer their web developers to work on site.
Introverted people are often talented writers, and writing is a versatile career with many possible paths to explore. You could write nonfiction books or novels under your own name, or you could be a ghostwriter. Web content writing is also an option—writing copy for websites, articles, and blogs. Technical writers create user guides, instruction manuals and how-to documents for all sorts of products. As a writer, you would likely get to set your own schedule—as long as you meet deadlines—and work from anywhere you can take your computer and access the internet.
Written by Jessica L. Mendes.