Minimum Wage Career Options for Introverts
Introverts are quiet, shy individuals who typically enjoy infrequent social interaction with others. There are several jobs that could be beneficial to these personality types. This is a list of minimum wage jobs with limited social interaction so introverts can find comfort in their work.
|Job Title||Median Hourly Pay Rate (2016)||Job Outlook (2014-2024)*|
|Lifeguard||$9.76* (for all lifeguards, ski patrol and recreational protective service workers)||7% (for all lifeguards, ski patrol and recreational protective service workers)|
|Online Customer Service Representative (CSR)||$15.53* (for all CSRs)||10% (for all CSRs)|
|Pizza Delivery Driver||$7.86**||4% (for all delivery truck drivers/sales workers)|
|Data Entry Clerk||$12.49**||3% (for all office clerks)|
|Stock Clerk||$11.46* (for all stock clerks and order fillers)||5% (for all hand laborers and material movers)|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com (2017 salary)
Career Information for Introverts Seeking Minimum Wage Jobs
Lifeguards work at a beach or pool keeping a close eye on swimmers. In the event of an emergency, lifeguards perform rescue techniques, administer first aid or call emergency medical workers to help save the life of a distressed swimmer. Excess conversation will distract lifeguards, so the less talking, the better, which may be pleasing to an introvert. To become a lifeguard, completing a training course is required. There are different organizations that offer lifeguard training. Most life guards must have training in first aid and CPR.
Cooks prepare food in a variety of institutions including restaurants, schools, hospitals, amusement parks, and sports venues. To get a minimum wage job as a cook, formal education is not required, but on-the-job training is typical. Cooks spend most of their time in the kitchen, so introverts would generally only interact with the kitchen staff rather than the general public.
Online Customer Service Representative
Most introverts prefer written communication to oral. Many companies are hiring customer service representatives that work online through email or in chat rooms. Many online customer service representatives also work from home, which is a plus for introverts. A college degree can be helpful, but only a high school diploma is necessary to become a customer service representative.
Pizza Delivery Driver
If you have ever had pizza delivered to your home, you know that most delivery drivers are in a hurry and don't strike up much conversation. Pizza delivery drivers interact with people, but the majority of their time is spent alone in the car, which could appeal to introverts. The interactions with customer are typically quick as they exchange the food for payment with the customer and go back into the car. Drivers usually need a high school diploma along with a valid driver's license.
Data Entry Clerk
Data entry clerks verify information and input it into a computer. Some employers may require a college degree, but a high school diploma and proficiency using data entry software is sufficient. Data entry clerks spend most of their time in front of a computer, so introverts would have limited interaction with other people.
The main requirement for becoming a stock clerk is the physical ability to move the required materials. Stock clerks are hired by supermarkets, merchandise stores, and warehouses. Since the jobs primarily involve moving materials, there is not much social interaction required. Like most jobs, there may be communication with other staff and an occasional interface with a customer if in a store, but staying quiet and moving materials is the priority of the job.