14 Popular Jobs for Introverts (With Duties and Salaries)
By Indeed Editorial Team
Updated 23 January 2023
Published 29 September 2021
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While everyone can be successful in any role, regardless of their personality type of traits, it's common that people who are introverts may prefer certain careers. Many introverts may also find that they enjoy working in particular work environments more. For example, it can be energising for people with introverted personality traits to have a job that allows a decent amount of independent work time. In this article, we explain what an introvert is, list qualities that may make certain careers more interesting for introverted people and give examples of 14 introvert jobs.
What is an introvert?
An introvert is a person who possesses a specific personality trait called introversion. This means that they typically prefer individual activities and like to spend more time on their own than people who are extroverted. Contrary to popular belief, introverts can enjoy participating in social settings, such as working on group projects, but it's common that after working in a group, they may want to spend some time in solitude to relax and engage in individual activities, such as reading books or individual sports. Taking the time to do things on their own allows them to connect to their emotions.
While introverts are typically capable of handling the same tasks as extroverts, they're generally more satisfied with working in careers that require more independence and allow them to make use of their strengths. An ideal job for someone who's introverted may have the following characteristics:
prioritise individual activities over working within large groups
involves working with people who have excellent active listening and observation skills
offer quiet spaces or the possibility to work from home
allow them to focus on one activity at a time
create opportunities for one-on-one interactions with colleagues or clients
14 interesting jobs for introverts
Here are some examples of introvert jobs you may be interested in:
National average salary: £15.13 per hour
Primary duties: Translators have excellent linguistic and communication skills which they use to help clients translate documents, books and other types of written texts. Like copywriters, they typically work on their own as self-employed professionals. Typically, translators specialise in one or more pairs of languages. For example, a translator who specialises in one language pair may translate English to Spanish and a translator specialising in two pairs may focus on translating English to Spanish and English to Polish.
National average salary: £23,137 per year
Primary duties: A paralegal is often a university law graduate or a professional with specialised training in the field. They typically work in government agencies or law offices and support lawyers with their daily duties. Paralegals may specialise in a particular area of law, such as crime, consumer law, mediation, personal injury or employment law.
Related: How To Become a Paralegal
National average salary: £23,807 per year
Primary duties: Product photographers are responsible for creating aesthetically pleasing photos and layouts of their clients' products to support their marketing and promotional campaigns. Many product photographers specialise in one or more types of product photography, such as food photography. They're typically self-employed and have their own photo studios or work from home. They provide services to multiple clients who simply post their products for campaigns.
4. Video editor
National average salary: £24,547 per year
Primary duties: A video editor is responsible for cutting, editing and creating videos from clips from videographers or clients. They typically need excellent attention to detail, creativity, strong computer and video editing skills. Many video editors work as freelancers and offer their services to multiple clients, but it's also possible for them to find full-time employment at a digital agency. Advanced editors with at least a few years of experience sometimes choose to start their own creative agencies and employ other videographers and editors, which allows them to scale their business and increase their income.
National average salary: £26,502 per year
Primary duties: A veterinary technician typically works in an animal clinic or hospital. Their primary duties include examining animals, taking their vitals, drawing blood or providing emergency first aid. Many vet technicians engage in research, prepare animals for surgeries or assist veterinary surgeons during complex procedures.
National average salary: £27,248 per year
Primary duties: A librarian is a professional responsible for cataloguing books, dealing with library users and running library services. Librarians are typically literature, information management or librarianship graduates, but it's also possible to pursue this career by finding employment as a library assistant first. They often work at public libraries or organisations such as universities and schools.
National average salary: £28,815 per year
Primary duties: A copywriter is a creative professional who provides services related to writing articles, e-books, press releases, texts on landing pages and other kinds of marketing content. They may be responsible for creating original content or engage in content localisation projects. It's typical for copywriters to be self-employed and work with many clients or content agencies as freelancers. It's also sometimes possible for them to find full-time employment at one company.
National average salary: £30,201 per year
Primary duties: A researcher is typically an office employee who uses their critical thinking and research skills to support other experts or scientists in their work. Some researchers may also focus on publishing their findings as university papers or industry-specific documentation or reports. Depending on their specialisation, researchers may work at general research centres, statistical agencies, universities or other educational organisations.
National average salary: £31,445 per year
Primary duties: Social media managers are creative marketing professionals responsible for designing, creating and publishing content on social media. Their day-to-day responsibilities may include scheduling images, videos and accompanying marketing messages to promote their clients' products or engage with their online audiences. Many social media managers specialise in community building, which means that their goal is to increase the number of followers of a fan page or social media profile by delivering engaging and interesting content strategies consistent with the overall message of a brand.
National average salary: £32,320 per year
Primary duties: Exhibition designers are creative individuals who work alongside clients, including organisation, such as museums, or companies, such as lifestyle or fashion brands. Their primary duties include designing exhibitions of all kinds to meet client requirements and help them better exhibit their products or art. Designers use creativity to come up with interesting visual concepts that are consistent with the overall marketing message of a brand or organisation. Many designers specialise in interior architecture, colour theory or textiles.
11. Content manager
National average salary: £34,235 per year
Primary duties: Content managers are marketing specialists who specialise in designing and implementation of content strategies based on various formats, including written communication, videos or images. Many content managers specialise in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and work alongside content writers, graphic designers and other creative professionals at content agencies. It's also possible for them to work for one brand full-time and create engaging content for one type of audience.
National average salary: £43,033 per year
13. UX researcher
National average salary: £45,041 per year
Primary duties: UX researchers are professionals who research and analyse consumer behaviours to better understand what type of website or application layout a company can implement to better meet their expectations. UX researchers focus on people's behaviour and motivation while conducting short- and long-term primary research. Typically, they work closely with UX designers, product managers, developers, graphic designers and content writers.
National average salary: £50,706 per year
Primary duties: An accounting manager is typically responsible for maintaining the general ledger system, preparing financial statements or helping clients resolve accounting issues. It's also common for them to oversee the day-to-day work of the accounting departments. Although it's common for accounting managers to work within an accounting team and meet with clients on a regular basis, thanks to the nature of their work they can often work from home.
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