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QUIET: INTROVERTS AT WORK
Not everyone is cut out to be an aggressive sales person or advertising executive. Certain jobs require certain personalities, often people who don't mind being in the limelight and speaking up. But introverts shouldn't be discouraged, as there are plenty of careers suited for them. Let's take a look at some interesting facts regarding introverts and the jobs in which they can thrive.
What is Introversion?
First popularized by psychologist Carl Jung, introversion and extraversion are key personality traits that can help explain behavior. Introverts tend to prefer solo activities, while extraverts prefer interacting with other people. This trait is not always constant--even introverts can behave in extraverted ways at times. Even so, most people fit in one category or the other.
... feel drained when around large groups of people for too long.
... focus on detail and take time to make judgments due to a difference in information processing.
... prefer quiet, calm working spaces.
... make better one-on-one connections.
... sometimes experience anxiety when speaking to large groups of people.
... are prone to social anxiety disorder.
About 50% - Percentage of introverts in the U.S.
7%-8% - The percentage of people in the U.S. who are estimated to have social anxiety disorder.
It can start when you're young:
1 in 8 - The number of shy teens who are estimated to have social phobia.
The symptoms of severe introversion vary, but these symptoms can lead to difficulty during the job-hunting process. The symptoms can include:
What Introverts Need
What's it like to be an introvert in an office or at a job site? What do introverts require to thrive and be successful?
95.3% - Percentage of workers who say they'd like a quiet, private environment for concentrated work.
Where They Can Flourish
Not many introverts feel up to doing interview after interview for an indeterminate amount of time. And many might settle for unsatisfying jobs or jobs that they're overqualified for just so they can stay away from working with people.
Being in the right field and having the right credentials can make all the difference. Here are some jobs where introverts may find they will thrive:
Average annual salary: $57,000
Perks: Much of an accountant's work these days requires the use of a computer and nothing else. Though intermittent human interaction is involved, it is minimal. Accountants typically work alone in offices.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 16%
Average annual salary: $60,000
Perks: Another computer job, though this one offers more creative freedom and flexibility. Many companies hire graphic designers just for logo and pamphlet design. Many graphic designers work freelance or from home.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 13%
Average annual salary: $74,000
Perks: Writing computer code for pretty much any company in the world doesn't require much human interaction and can sometimes even be done from home. It is a behind-the-scenes kind of job, especially when it is telecommute work.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 12%
Average annual salary: $57,000
Perks: Though many technical writers work in teams, much communication is done through the computer. As work goes through an editing process, most comments and feedback are given electronically. It also requires a lot of research, which one can do alone.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 17%
Medical records technician
Average annual salary: $38,000
Perks: Being any kind of record keeper allows an individual to work by themselves. Medical records technician positions require little to not human interaction at all.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 21%
Average annual salary: $68,960
Perks: Dental technicians can make high salaries while remaining out of the limelight. Though minimal interaction with patients and dentists is a requirement, it is a small part of the job. Plus, they often wear surgical masks, and some introverts find this eases some of their anxieties.
Job growth, 2010-2020: 1%
Tips for Job-Seeking Introverts
The hardest part of the job-finding process for introverts is interviewing. Here are some tips for how to overcome and even use their introversion to their advantage during an interview.
Not a Handicap
Many introverts view their shyness as a serious roadblock to success. Nothing can convince a person of their potential like hard evidence. Below is a list, historical and current, of insanely successful introverts who found a way to use their shyness to their advantage.