Solitary Jobs for Introverts

Some people, like introverts, just aren't made for noisy work around too many people. Thankfully, there are many jobs that fit the bill for those who prefer to work on one's own. This article covers several careers for introverts who enjoy working alone.

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Career Options Involving Solitary Job for Introverts

Introverts enjoy time away from the maddening crowds. There are many career fields that allow people to work on their own for the most part. Below are a few such positions for introverts and some information on each.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Animal Care & Service Workers $21,990 11% (Nonfarm animal caretakers)
Auditing Clerks $38,390 -8% (decline)
Hospital Medical Records Technician $40,510 15%
Long Haul Truckers $41,340 5%
Film/Video Editors $62,760 18%
Astronomers $104,740 3%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Solitary Work for Introverts

Animal Care & Service Workers

Everyone loves animals, especially introverts who may feel comfortable around many people. Animal caretakers spend most of their time bathing, walking, and feeding pets at an animal shelter or vet clinic. Animal caretakers clean the cages and pens, and they watch the animals and check if they seem sick. They may trim nails and clip hair and keep good records of their eating habits. Animal caregivers only need a high school diploma and on the job training for these positions.

Auditing Clerks

Auditing clerks check the financial records of clients which might be individuals or companies; these records are usually checked for accuracy after a specific time period. They may check debt and income, and place everything on software spreadsheets and databases in order to to confirm their accuracy. Auditing clerks a need post high school education in bookkeeping and know how to use spreadsheets.

Hospital Medical Records Technicians

Hospital medical records technicians spend a lot of hours on their own in hospitals collecting, organizing, and updating the medical records of patients. These technicians are vital to the care and accuracy of client's records both in chart and digital forms. Medical records technicians must know medical coding so that work can be categorized properly. Technicians may need to earn certification and in some cases a certificate or associate's degree may be needed.

Long Haul Truckers

Long haul truckers are the 18-wheeler kings of the interstate. These men and women spend long hours on the road driving these behemoths. They maintain their engine and inspect their rigs for safety before driving. They also make sure their cargo is secured properly and keep travel logs of their hours on the road and any stops they make for federal and state records. Long haul truckers usually have a high school credential and have passed the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) exam for the state they work from.

Film/Video Editors

Who doesn't love a good movie? Film and video editors are the creative force behind what we see on the screens. They stare at monitors for long hours deciding edits and determining where they go. Editors know how to cut film, mix mediums, render sound with dialogue and special effects. If directors are the heart of a project, editors are the brains. Film and video editors often earn bachelor's degrees in film or a broadcasting field.


Astronomers do so much more than look through telescopes staring at stars. These men and women typically have a doctorate in their fields and spend their time on their own doing research. These scientists form theories and conduct experiments to prove their hypothesis. Astronomers research the heavens in learning to understand man's place in the universe, the possibilities of what's on the other side of a wormhole or the continuing expansion of the universe.

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