Do you want to avoid dealing with the public or looking for jobs with minimal human interaction? You’re in luck. Someone recently asked, “What are the best jobs for introverts?” Here are the top-voted careers.
1. Catalog Librarian
Someone shared, “I work as a Cataloging Librarian. During my shifts at the library, I spend most of my time in the back rooms with the books. Most people would consider sitting down and inputting ISBNs boring, but I enjoy every day.”
“Not only do I spend most of my time alone, but I also get to find new books to read and access the older selections that aren’t ordinarily available to the public.”
“Finally, many of the books I catalog are rare editions that are very fragile. I see this as a unique experience in global culture while being paid to sit alone and type on the computer.”
2. Freelance Translator
“I’m a freelance translator and only interact with clients through email. It’s awesome once you find enough reliable clients. I live in pajamas, wear no makeup, and barely comb my hair. No one around except for my cats,” one replied.
A second person said, “I am an online translator, and I get to work from home, schedule my hours with clients, and only communicate through email and text when necessary.”
“I have never needed to complete a phone call, virtual meeting, or in-person meeting in this field, and I don’t foresee one shortly.”
3. Researcher for Academics
“Researcher,” volunteered another. “If you are interested in a branch of science and can devote yourself fully to a problem, the job is your free time. In addition, you do not have to speak to people because you complete most of the requirements independently.”
“I research subjects for those in academic fields. I have found that thorough research is one of my most extraordinary talents, so I began freelancing work researching topics for people who don’t have the time to find all the scientific sources or flip through books in the library.”
“I work based on deadlines set with the client, so I can take advantage of my insomnia and get everything done during the hours I should be asleep.”
4. Midwife or Birthing Partner
“I’m a Midwife, so lots and lots of social interaction. I adore my job and have my professional persona. Still, I need a couple of hours to be quiet and introverted again,” confessed one.
“Jobs like being a midwife are great because your contact is limited to one or two people at a time. It allows for plenty of resting time and limited necessary communication. Out of any job that requires physical interaction, being a midwife is a great choice.”
“The other doctors tend only to conversate a little because everyone is busy. In addition, you only have one or two patients in your room at one time, meaning there is less overwhelming noise and limited times when people talk over each other. That has always been a trigger for my anxiety.”
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5. Food Delivery Driver
“I deliver food for a living; it is my best decision. So I’m outside and by myself all day, every day. Once in a while, I have to ask a customer for their signature, but other than that, I’m alone,” shared one.
“Food delivery is the way to go,” agreed another. “I drive all day, by myself, in my safe space. I enjoy driving, which drew me to become a delivery driver. The only interaction I have is when I pick up the food from the restaurant and hand the delivery off to the customer. I enjoy the freedom to take a break when needed.”
6. Subcontracted Cleaner
“I’m a cleaner and like being left alone to do my own thing. So people don’t talk or ask me much of anything,” one delighted. “I subcontract my cleaning services. I work as a cleaner in hotels, businesses, and people’s homes. This job has allowed me to choose my job, control my hours, and work by myself at my own pace.”
“I never thought this was what I would be doing as a child, but as I grew up, cleaning became very cathartic, so I started offering my services around the neighborhood, and everything blossomed from there.”
“My only contact with clients is through email until we have a brief introduction before I get to work. Other than that, I am left to complete my process in peace as long as I finish within the allotted time frame.”
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7. Product Development
“I work as a prototype machinist. While I have to interface with engineers and other management and tech personnel, it’s mostly me doing my thing and making excellent parts for product development. It’s not as good as it gets pay-wise, but it’s better than many things.”
“As an introvert with a chronic health condition that saps even more of my energy, it is relatively easy on me regarding social needs. Skilled trades, in general, can lend themselves to this.”
“Think electricians and plumbers; they often work solo, drive to jobs alone, and work in the background among strangers who probably don’t feel too compelled to strike up a conversation when they look busy,” a final person shared.
Thank you for reading about Reddit’s best jobs for introverted people. Did you find something on this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of My Life, I Guess.
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