The Best Jobs for Introverts and Extroverts

Here are the best career options for introverts and extroverts, according to a career expert.

learn more about Glassdoor

By Glassdoor

fizkes | Getty Images

This story originally appeared on Glassdoor

Some of us are more introverted -- more shy and introspective, people who expel energy to be in large groups of people -- while others are more extroverted, more talkative and social, and energized by being around others. And these personality proclivities don't just inform our decisions about what to do on a Friday night; an inclination toward more introversion or extroversion can also help us choose the best careers for our unique personality types.

Here, according to a career expert, are the best career options for introverts and extroverts.

The best jobs for introverts

Creative fields: "Introverts who are creative can be well-suited for fields and positions that require lots of room for imagination and inventiveness," working as entrepreneurs, marketers or graphic designers, for example, said Alexandra Clarke, ForceBrands's director of recruiting. For example, introverts might love being a content writer, she said. "Writing well requires both creativity and close attention to detail," she said. "Writers often prefer to work alone so they can concentrate their efforts on researching, writing, and editing."

Freelance work: "Introverts who are self-starters and need less external motivation and validation than extroverts often excel in freelance positions," Clarke said, "or roles that require long stretches of working alone or unsupervised," such as graphic designers.

Highly technical work: According to Clarke, "Some introverts prefer to think things over and take a more thorough approach to their work. These kinds of introverts tend to find success in industries and roles that require a lot of problem-solving or involved processes." For example, an introvert might like to work as a food scientist, a job that "requires a lot of creativity, research, and problem solving -- all skills that play to an introvert's strengths."

Related: How to Get a Promotion When You're An Introvert

The best jobs for extroverts

Risk-driven work: Extroverts might have a higher tolerance for risk than introverts. And so, "extroverts who enjoy trying new things, taking calculated risks, and driving innovation and company growth will likely thrive in roles like stock traders and investors," Clarke said. An extrovert might be happy as a sales representative, she said, because "relationship building and persuasion lie at the heart of sales -- both strong suits among most extroverts. Negotiating and spur-of-the-moment decision-making are also major demands of this role."

Network-heavy work: According to Clarke, "Some fields require more networking than others, so extroverts who prefer social settings and enjoy talking to others often excel in these types of jobs." A human resources position could also be perfect for an extrovert. "Human resources is a social field," she said. "The job demands working well with others -- from facilitating new hires to handling conflicts and providing mentorship and guidance."

Quickly-changing fields: "Extroverts who are excited by change tend to do better in fields that are continually evolving -- think cannabis -- or require learning new things as they arise -- think beauty tech," Clarke said. A job that could be appropriate for an extrovert might be working as a financial advisor -- as the financial industry often revolves around change and offers other opportunities for extroverts to excel. "Extroverts can sometimes be more confident in their own assessments of others," Clarke said. "While some introverts may struggle to give someone advice in an area as significant as money, many extroverts have the self-assurance to help others with financial planning. Additionally, financial planners often grow their business by conducting seminars, workshops, and networking."

Of course, "regardless of whether you identify as an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert," Clarke said, "career possibilities are endless. And connecting with an executive recruiter -- or someone who knows the nuances of a particular job and its respective team -- can go a long way in helping to identify the role and the environment that's just right for you."

(By )

Glassdoor is one of the world's largest and fastest-growing job sites, with a mission to help people everywhere find a job and company they love. With all the jobs and tens of millions of reviews and insights from employees on hundreds of thousands of employers worldwide, Glassdoor helps people make the most informed job decisions. Glassdoor also helps employers hire informed candidates at scale by offering effective recruiting and employer branding solutions. Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Related Topics

Editor's Pick

This 61-Year-Old Grandma Who Made $35,000 in the Medical Field Now Earns 7 Figures in Retirement
A 'Quiet Promotion' Will Cost You a Lot — Use This Expert's 4-Step Strategy to Avoid It
3 Red Flags on Your LinkedIn Profile That Scare Clients Away
'Everyone Is Freaking Out.' What's Going On With Silicon Valley Bank? Federal Government Takes Control.

How to Detect a Liar in Seconds Using Nonverbal Communication

There are many ways to understand if someone is not honest with you. The following signs do not even require words and are all nonverbal queues.

Celebrity Entrepreneurs

'I Dreaded Falling in Love.' Rupert Murdoch Is Getting Hitched for the Fifth Time.

The 92-year-old media tycoon announces he will wed former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas To Start Right Now

To start one of these home-based businesses, you don't need a lot of funding -- just energy, passion and the drive to succeed.


How Great Entrepreneurs Find Ways to Win During Economic Downturns

Recessions are an opportunity to recalibrate and make great strides in your business while others are unprepared to brave the challenges. Here's how great entrepreneurs can set themselves up for success despite economic uncertainty.

Starting a Business

Selling Your Business? Do These 6 Things Right Now.

If you want the maximum price you need to make these moves before you do anything else.

Business News

'Invest In That Future Now Before It's Too Late': Bill Gates Calls For Global Pandemic Response Team In Op-Ed

In the same month that the World Health Organization called the coronavirus a pandemic three years ago, billionaire Bill Gates reiterated his call for a "fire department for pandemics."