#11 – Truck Driver
Truck drivers, especially long-haul ones, spend their time on the road, instead of in an office. It involves a lot of traveling and some dealing with traffic. However, people who want to be on the open road and see a lot of different places should consider this job. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required, along with a high school diploma.
Introverts make for great truck drivers because of the amount of solitude required for the job. Long-haul drivers can be on the road for a week or two at a time with almost no interaction with people. There is an option for team driving, but it is not a requirement.
#12 – Lab Technician
Lab technicians run tests on samples of tissue, blood, other fluids and substance collected from patients. They are usually employed by a health care facility or laboratory. These technicians work to diagnose patients without interacting with them. It’s not a job for squeamish individuals.
Introverts who don’t mind seeing a lot of blood, and other bodily fluids, can get the solitude they’re looking for as a lab technician. Most of the technician’s time is spent hovering over a microscope and other equipment in a quiet lab setting.
#13 – Market Research Analyst
As a market research analyst, you can collect and analyze information about market conditions and other economic factors to determine the sales potential for specific products and services. This job is independent and much of the research can be performed without having to contact anyone else. However, there may be a requirement to prepare and present reports on your findings to company executives.
The majority of a market research analyst’s job is done independently. For this reason, it is a great opportunity for introverts. The job requires a bachelor’s degree and strong skills in both math and analytics. Taking a few extra classes in these areas can help improve your employability.
#14 – Translator
People who are fluent in a second language can work as a translator converting books and other written documents from one language to another. This job is perfect for people who want to broaden international ties. It’s also an excellent field for the future because it is expected to grow about 42 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most translators are self-employed. They work on projects for various clients. The job does require interaction with clients and/or bosses, but not to the extent that a customer service job would require.
#15 – Small-Engine Mechanic
Small-engine mechanics often have their hands (and heads) buried under or inside a vehicle, lawn mower, or other maintenance equipment. The job may not pay as much as others on this list, but it is still a great opportunity to learn something new. Mechanics are often employed by dealerships and car repair shops or have their own small motor repair shop. There may be some interaction with customers, but it is often solitary work as the mechanic fixes the motor issue.
Introverts make great mechanics because the work is mostly solitary and requires very little interaction with others. At some shops, mechanics have no interaction with customers. This is especially true at a dealership where the customer mostly speaks with a customer service representative at the service center’s front desk.