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So You're An Introvert? Here's Some Career Advice

Promising professions--and interview tips!--for introverts.

A few months ago, we wrote about how to interact with the introverts in your life. But it's not just social situations from which introverts tend to shrink. There's also the problem of work. After all, an introvert may not thrive as a door-to-door salesman, a news anchor, or a trial attorney. But according to this infographic from Best Masters, there are many careers (and well-paying ones!) for less social types. Check out the chart to see which job might be good for you. And pick up some tips about how the introverted should prepare for that big job interview. You might even discover an unexpected passion along the way. Medical Records Tech anyone?

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  • michaeldunsey

    For: Seems like people who are supporting this article are at least moderately introverted and decided to defend it because it genuinely helped them (nothing wrong with that). It does offer some helpful advice to people who are struggling at the time of reading it.

    Against: Many people are criticizing it because it seems to paint introverts as hopeless or socially awkward or incapable of being self sufficient without the perfect setting, almost as if they need the help of faultless extroverts to survive in this world.

    My opinion: What's good about this article is that it does provide a little hope and inspiration to people who might have been looking for it, regardless of severity of anxiety. However it's not labelled as such. "So you're an introvert here's some advice". Real advice would show you the benefits of being introverted and how you can use that to obtain any lifestyle that you want.. Not simply how to conform to mediocrity. Anyone is capable of anything.

  • michaeldunsey

    For: Seems like people who are supporting this article are at least moderately introverted and decided to defend it because it genuinely helped them (nothing wrong with that). It does offer some helpful advice to people who are struggling at the time of reading it.

    Against: Many people are criticizing it because it seems to paint introverts as hopeless or socially awkward or incapable of being self sufficient without the perfect setting, almost as if they need the help of faultless extroverts to survive in this world.

    My opinion: What's good about this article is that it does provide a little hope and inspiration to people who might have been looking for it, regardless of severity of anxiety. However it's not labelled as such. "So you're an introvert here's some advice". Real advice would show you the benefits of being introverted and how you can use that to obtain any lifestyle that you want.. Not simply how to conform to mediocrity. Anyone is capable of anything.

  • Martina Buchal

    Please stop treating introverts like they have "issues" in dealing with the world. It's just a different way of functioning and perceiving the world. I would love to see less condescending "let's help the poor introverts" type of articles and more on what introverts and extroverts can learn from each other and how they can work best together.

  • Erick Lucas

    This is inaccurate & misleading. Read Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Please do some research more. 'Shy?' nay.

  • Cristina Pedroza

    This article is patronizing and misleading to what introversion truly is. More over, there is lack of sound research to refer to this a personality trait as is manifests in different scales. Lastly, the "career tips" suggesting where introverts can flourish are basically telling people introversion is a handicap but there are certain roles where their condition fits. I am very disappointed at Fast Company for not doing a little vetting of their pieces before they are published.

  • Toni Hanson

    This is written as if introversion = social anxiety, which is not true. Do some research. Plus the tone is that introverts are miserable and pink. Good grief.

  • Wendy Reid

    After viewing this info-graphic and reading over the comments below I think a huge factor is being missed by almost all. There really is a scale — introverts at one end extroverts at the other, and in-between there are various degrees of introversion and extroversion. I am an introvert who had severe social anxiety as a young woman and child. I am a graphic designer, I am now 52. I feel for the most part I am cured of the crippling aspect of my once extreme introversion. I found my strength by facing my struggles socially and over time became a viable, functioning social person. However I still feel the need to have huge portions of time alone and in peace and quiet. There is hope for all extreme introverts. That being said the world needs all of us, I just can't imagine not having some of my extroverted friends around to help pull me out of my aloneness. Sometimes I need them, and sometimes they need me.

  • Brittany Comeaux

    I see a lot of people getting pissy over the content of this article and I have created an account solely for the purpose of commenting. First of all, congratulations for having the the social skills of the motherfucking gods, but most introverts (myself included) DO in fact have some degree of social anxiety. Maybe the contents of this article don't apply to you, but that doesn't mean it's wrong. I for one can relate to a lot of what the article says and I'm positive that I'm not alone. So get off your high horses and go complain somewhere else...

  • Judy Blackshear

    I'm troubled by the conflation of introversion with social anxiety. Just because I need downtime and quiet time to concentrate and recharge does not imply that I am incapable of working with people. It may be true (honestly I'm not sure if it is) that all people with social anxiety are introverts. But it is not true that all (or even most) introverts suffer from crippling social anxiety. I feel for people with strong social anxiety, I really do. But that is not the same as introversion. I am an introvert. I can work with people. I can even lead people. I can even sell. In my selling job, I tend to get very wired and "up", and drained after an extended period. At the end of the day - or whenever I can get it - I need quiet, private down time to recharge. Sure, a little understanding of personality differences goes a long way, but please don't paint all introverts as requiring kid-glove-handling and special treatment.

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  • Melissa Jansen

    I'm an introvert. I'm pretty shy, especially around people I don't know. And I have Social Anxiety Disorder, which in the past has been severe enough to prevent me from working.

    I could really relate to most of the article, and I'm surprised that people were so offended. Not all introverts have trouble finding a job that fits, but I certainly do. I don't have a degree (yet, I'll be starting school in September), and very little experience- and all the jobs I qualify for that I've been able to find call for social, outgoing people. Customer service jobs. Retail, call centers, waiting tables. I have to put on an act while I'm at work- I have to fake enthusiasm for meeting lots of new people if I'm going to get and keep a job at this level.

    The other readers who reviewed this may be doing okay, but some of us aren't. It was nice to get some encouragement. Thank you for this article.

  • P Mort

    Given this article and a few others, I'm just going to assume that nobody at Fast Company knows what an introvert actually is.

  • Elle

    This is a horrible article and inaccurate representation of introverts. I am trying to figure out why FastCo would tweet this in December when the original was posted in September and was clearly ripped apart by readers in the comments. You should have just let this article die, FastCo.

  • Matt

    Where in the world did you get those salary estimates? 60k is NO WHERE NEAR the average for a graphic designer. Do your research author, pathetic.