The biggest winners of the COVID-19 pandemic are introverts.
A typical introvert, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a reserved or shy person who enjoys spending time alone.
The coronavirus public health emergency has shifted views and made work arrangements better for introverts, because introverts prefer small gatherings and social distance over hobnobbing and handshaking.
Many workers now find themselves working from home or conducting meetings over Zoom as a direct result of the deadly pathogen, a blessing in disguise for those who cherish personal space.
Let’s explore six jobs well-suited for introverts.
1. Research Analyst:
Research analysts examine and validate the accuracy of data to ensure that it produces meaningful information. The median annual wage for research analysts was $65,810 in May 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Research Analyst takes the top spot on this list due to the nature of data collection. Upon collecting the data, research analysts use mathematical, statistical and analytical models to find patterns that may reveal business opportunities. A research analyst can work remotely and spends most of their time working with data and numbers rather than people.
There is no shortage of jobs in this field. There are currently over 28,000 research analyst positions open on LinkedIn. Warner Music Group is one of the companies currently looking to hire a research analyst.
Anyone interested may apply at https://wmg.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/WMGUS/job/USA
2. Software developer:
A software developer is a tech savvy individual who creates the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device. The median annual wage for software developers was $107,510 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These jobs are good for introverts because software developers can work from home or within small teams at an office, and software development generally speaks for itself.
There are no shortage of jobs for software developers. Indeed, International Business Machines Corp., better known as IBM, is particularly looking to hire software developers to work at IBM locations in Littleton, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.
Anyone interested may apply at https://careers.ibm.com/ShowJob/Id/1044749/Software%20Developer.
3. Computer programmer:
A computer programmer writes instructions in geek-speak languages such as C++ or Java and performs a variety of tests to ensure an app works properly without error. The median annual wage for computer programmers was $86,550 in May 2019, according to BLS. These jobs are well-suited for introverts, for computer programmers usually work alone and may work from home.
A variety of employers advertise computer programmer jobs on websites such as Glassdoor and talent.com. Revature LLC is currently seeking entry level computer programmers who are willing to relocate anywhere in the United States.
Anyone interested may apply at https://revature.com/jobs/entry-level-computer-programmer.
4. Auto mechanic:
An automobile mechanic is a person who performs maintenance or repair work on a motor vehicle. The median annual wage for so-called automotive service technicians or mechanics was $42,090 in May 2019, according to BLS. These jobs are suitable for introverts because the labor is typically done behind the scenes at repair shops.
Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, which operates Firestone and Tires Plus service centers nationwide, is hiring automotive technicians.
Anyone interested may apply for available positions at https://www.bebridgestone.com/en_us/careers/retail-careers.
5. Chef/head cook:
Chefs and head cooks plan menus, develop recipes and oversee kitchen operations in the safe preparation of food for public consumption. The median annual wage for chefs and head cooks was $51,530 in May 2019, according to BLS. These jobs may appeal to introverts, because top chefs often work behind the scenes in the world of fine dining. It’s a labor of love far removed from the customer or patron.
Anyone looking for jobs in the culinary industry should visit https://www.ihirechefs.com/jobs.
Many companies are looking for cooks, including Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., which seeks an executive chef at its soon-to-open Washington Hilton DC Capitol Hill hotel.
6. Landscape architect:
Landscape architects design public parks and other infrastructure promoting a natural environment. The median annual wage for landscape architects was $69,360 in May 2019, according to BLS. These jobs involve necessary interaction with clients and colleagues, but the designing aspect is a creative process that may appeal to introverts.
A variety of employers have placed landscape architect job ads on Indeed. The Florida-based company Prosser Inc., for example, is seeking to hire a landscape architect who performs specialized research, executes projects and delivers high-quality work products.
Qualified applicants may apply at https://prosserinc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/37.
Janitors, also known as custodians, are building cleaners who remove trash, mop floors and perform a variety of other tasks promoting a pristine and sanitary environment. The median hourly wage for janitors and building cleaners was $13.19 in May 2019, which equates to approximately $27,430 per year, according to BLS. These jobs are suitable for introverts because the labor is hands-on and involves little social interaction, if any.
Janitor/custodian jobs are frequently advertised on Indeed, and a number of Sam’s Clubs are hiring so-called maintenance custodian associates.
Anyone interested may apply at https://careers.walmart.com.
(Written by Sulaiman Adbur-Rahman; Editing and revisions by Nicole Liddy)