1. I used to work at a cactus nursery and it was an introvert dream. Hell any plant nursery work is awesome and anyone can do it. You just pop in headphones and hang out with plants all day. It’s super easy, and you get in awesome shape because you’re on your feet all day lifting and moving plants.
2. I have a friend (who is a deep deep introvert) that works in classifications – in that she has to watch a bunch of television and tick of lists to figure out what classification they should have (G, PG etc).
She gets to watch most popular shows at least two weeks in advance and does it in the remotest part of the building by herself.
She also has to sit through a lot of European ‘art’ movies and gore flicks (which meshes well with her interest in serial killers).
3. Night stocking for a retail store. 95% of the night is just listening to music while stocking by yourself.
4. Just about any job working with animals. I’m a kennel attendant for the humane society in my area. Listen to music for 9 hours. Clean kennels and cages. Feed/water the dogs and cats. No human interaction.
5. Fire tower watcher for the National Park Service. Months of just you and your lonesome and a bunch of trees.
6. Amazon shopper at Whole Foods! $15/hr to do someone’s grocery shopping.
7. Tree planter. 8-10 hours alone in the middle of the bush. Incredible pay if you’re a hard worker and it keeps you in amazing shape.
8. I’m sitting here working from home. I’m a virtual assistant. I make shipping arrangements, pay bills, get quotes for different things, make up invoices. All the same bullshit everyone else with an office job does, but I get to stay home and watch youtube and not wear a bra while I do it.
9. Medical transcripts – you listen to the drs notes and type them out.
10. Freelance something. Upwork, Fiverr, and even Linkedin are all great places to use to look for clients who will pay you to do something as long as you have some kind of creative/technical skill.
11. I walk dogs. Other than meeting the parents the first time, I don’t talk to anyone. I have audio books going all the time. Plus I get puppy snuggles for like 6 hours a day
12. I mow lawns. Really the only time I talk to my customers is when I first meet them. After that it’s mostly texts. I average about $25 an hour after expenses and since I live in the south I work 9 and a half or ten months out of the year. I enjoy the down time it lets me reset.
13. FQA testing. Usually only available in big cities, so that might be a factor. My brother never finished high school and works as one. Basically you play video games and write reports. That’s about it. They usually have the “perks” (as in, fun work environment) of software development jobs. I’m actually gonna be starting there this summer.
14. You could get into something like construction. Get certified to operate large machines, and be surrounded by noise all day – no need to have awkward conversations over a diesel engine.
15. Library aid or page. All I had to do was organize books and it wasn’t even my job to help patrons. It’s quiet all the time. For minimum wage in high school it was great. 70% of the time I just got to read books.
16. Post office. Six hours walking by yourself, no boss looking over your shoulder. Occasional customer contact, but not too much.
17. Video editor. All the mental storytelling & empathy really helps craft a scene and pick out the most emotionally telling moments in a shot.
18. Become an animator. Or an artist. Anything that doesn’t require you to meet people really.
19. If you read a lot, and can pick out the mistakes in the text, you can become an editor for online publishers of digital content, like Kindle Unlimited.
If you can do college-level reading and writing, you can edit papers submitted for research journals. You don’t have to know the subjects; I’ve edited articles on social sciences, economics, and literature.
20.Braille transcriber. Also called braillist.
Depending on where you work, school district or independent, you could be transcribing textbooks, novels, magazines, or homework/classwork/tests—the daily stuff in schools. I work for a school district so I do mainly the daily stuff. Lately I’ve been getting more requests for novels my students want to read.
I don’t teach Braille, I’m not a teacher. I don’t even have to work with the students, though I do like checking in with them. Most of my communication for work is to teachers and that’s all through email. One time, I went a whole week without talking to anybody at work, and I work during normal school hours! And I didn’t go to college for this. I took a year long course through the National Federation of the Blind, and you can take that course online. Though I would recommend finding a class in your area if possible. Once you get the hang of typing Braille, it’s like just regular typing. I just stick my headphones in my ears and listen to podcasts all day. It’s amazing!
Caveat: I wouldn’t say the job is super easy. If you work with a school district, you may have to do math, chemistry, foreign languages, maybe even music. Those are all different codes of Braille. And then you also need to be creative enough to come up with ways to make things tactual for students, but discrete enough to be used in class. Graphs and drawings from geometry? Oh my god, kill me now. But once you get in a groove, it’s okay.
21. I don’t know if this was already said, but locomotive engineer. Besides communicating with your crew (your conductor), you don’t need to speak much at all. It also pays very well (in the US it’s about 6 figures once established).
22. If you’re in California, I’d say a legal cannabis gardener. Just be aware: entering into this field can limit your options if you choose to leave.
23. I’m a plumbing apprentice (service focus, we don’t do new construction) and over 70% of my day is spent driving to jobs since our company services 100 miles in each direction from our shop.
While this amount of driving is mostly contributed to the fact that I live in sparsely populated SE Idaho; it’s great being able to drive to jobs and just get some alone time. I’m an introvert and don’t like talking to people but I thrive in this job.
Not only do plumbers have a great paying job and excellent career path- but they are at zero risk of being replaced by automation. I can’t express how under- appreciated the trades are.
24. I.T. I do not have a degree and have been in the field for 22 years. I started out with almost no experience in Desktop Support & am now a Network Security Architect.
25. WATCHMAKER! Only took me 1 year in a free trade school and was given a job at graduation for 50k a year plus benefits and all.
26. Welding is a pretty quick course that a lot of companies will pay you to do the course. I know a guy who got paid to take his welding course, then graduated into a 80k/year job.
27. A factory with equipment loud enough to make earplugs mandatory. It’s hard as hell to hear anyone talking over the machines, and that forces extroverts to keep conversations to the bare minimum. This is the only job I’ve had where being an introvert felt like an advantage.
28. Data entry.
29. Medical / scientific illustrator. It’s a super small, niche field. You’ll draw stuff for nerds and won’t talk to many people besides those nerds.
30. In the US, medical coder. Lots of opportunities. Decent if not incredible pay. You can get certified within a year of training. After a couple of years experience, a decent coder can often work from home. Some interaction is required, but twice the pay of many jobs listed here.
31. Night security.
32. Trucking, 100%. Good pay floor between 40 and 50k a year at the start and a great pay ceiling upwards of 100k depending on what you do. Automation is decades away from being a major factor. If you’re cool being on your own it’s one of the best careers that doesn’t need any secondary education. Good way to see the country as well.
You need to be over 21 to work in trucking interstate, if you’re under look into local companies that don’t cross state lines to get experience.
33. Garbage collection. Good pay, little education needed, and the smell keeps people away.
34. A local funeral home director hires just such people to serve as pall bearers and to assist at the parlor in a variety of ways.
He pays them well. Most of their work time is in silence, except for running the vacuum in the coffin viewing areas.
35. Insurance claims processing. I know a lot of introverted people who do this for a living, through having worked it myself for 5 years.
Depending on the company and your location. There is a chance that you will eventually be allowed to just work from home, as long as you meet performance expectations, and the quality of internet that can be connected to your place of residence.
37. Warehouse. When I worked in one, I used to regularly go hours without talking to anyone else.
38. For me I’d go be a musician, percussionist specifically. You don’t need to talk to anyone, you just jam along to the music together. It’s an indescribable feeling.
39. I love detailing cars, and make decent money at it.
40. If you’re also a night owl, I’d say look at nearly any 3rd shift job. Most people don’t choose it and most people are asleep then, so talking/interaction is quite limited.
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