Do you long for a job where you can work in peace and quiet, without people constantly bugging you?
If you're not a people person, don't feel like you have to pretend to
be one to get a good job, says Nancy Ancowitz, a business communication
coach and author of "Self-Promotion for Introverts®: The Quiet Guide to
"After all, who wants to interact with a waiter, salesperson, or
doctor who would be happier playing the professional equivalent of
Solitaire?" Ancowitz asks. "Not everyone thrives in a customer-facing
role - particularly the customers you're facing if you're not a people
The good news is that you don't necessarily have to be a people person to thrive in every career.
1. ACCOUNTANT -
Are you happier focusing on spreadsheets and
actually getting things done versus listening to coworkers or customers
talking all day? Consider career options in accounting.
"As an accountant or auditor, concentrating on solitary tasks
involving financial records, budgets, and tax code is far more important
than being a social butterfly or showman,"
Wish you could be left alone with your
thoughts a little more - and deal with people a little less? Consider
pursuing a career as a technical writer and you just might get your
"Many writers live a rich life inside their own heads," Ancowitz
says. "Depending on what type of writing you do, your need to interact
with the outside world may be more dependent on how well you stock your
fridge than a burning need to 'party.'"
Do you dream of spending your days alone with
your creativity, uninterrupted by noisy coworkers or customers?
Consider pursuing a career as a graphic designer and your creativity
might get to flow without interruption.
"The rest of the world mainly uses words to express themselves and
visuals are an afterthought," Ancowitz says. "But for [graphic
designers], visuals are your mother tongue and words may not flow so
easily. You may enjoy lots of downtime so you can allow your creative
thoughts to swirl around your head."
However, Ancowitz warns that some offices may come with coworkers
that "may distract you from your creative process," so you'll want to
pick and choose where you work wisely.
Do you prefer the reliability of machines to
the unpredictability of people? You might want to consider pursuing a
career as a software engineer.
"A lot of your work will probably entail sitting for hours on end at your computer rather than sitting at meetings all day,"
5.MEDICAL LAB. TECHNICIAN
Are you happiest when you know exactly what
you need to do, following specific instructions to the letter? You might
want to consider a career as a medical laboratory technician.
"Medical lab technicians often work with one patient at a time as
well as behind-the-scenes," Ancowitz says. "This job may be appealing to
you because it doesn't entail campaign speeches, back-to-back meetings,
or nonstop schmoozing."
6. INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST
Do you like the idea of thwarting criminals
before they can cause major damage - but don't want to deal with people
face to face? Consider preparing to pursue a career as an information
"This is another career that is great for those who like to remain
behind the scenes," Ancowitz says. She notes that this could be perfect
for someone who's "got the mind of a sleuth, the energy of a watchdog,
and the patience and persistence to solve complex technical problems."