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Jobs for Introverts/INTP's ?

Asked by mjm8401 (167 points ) July 5th, 2012

Hiya. I’m a 26 year old male with no college degree. I am looking for a suitable job for an introverted person, specifically an intp which stands for introverted, intuitive, thinking, perceiving. Working a normal job around extroverted people is okay for a little while, but if you are introverted it starts to take its toll on you both mentally and physically. Are there any introverts out there that can recommend anything I should give a try? Like I said before I don’t have any degrees and most of the jobs that come on up on Google require at least a bachelors.

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augustlan's avatar

Hi there, and welcome to Fluther. I’m an introvert, too, and I manage this website from my home. It’s the perfect job for me! That said, it’s something I fell into, over the time I’ve been a member here, so it’s not like I can give you a blueprint on how to get a similar job.

Is there anything you do well that could be done from home? I’m thinking that being your own boss might be the way to go.

jonsblond's avatar

One of my first jobs with no college degree was data entry. You just sit at a desk and enter data. No socializing is involved. I’m an introvert and it was perfect for me at the time.

BosM's avatar

Understanding Type does not mean you (INTP) cannot function effectively in a team environment, but it does mean an understanding of the uniqueness of personality tendencies/preferences is important for both team leaders and team members. Linda Berens does some great work on Type and Teams that you may want to research.

http://www.bestfittype.com/intponateam.html
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There is much information for INTP/Jobs, here’s one Google search result:

“INTPs are better off selecting Thinking-oriented careers such as math, science, technology, engineering, etc. These fields can provide them with the foundational knowledge that are more meaningful, natural, and fulfilling for them.”

http://personalityjunkie.com/intp-careers-jobs-majors/

JLeslie's avatar

I was going to mention data entry also.

Being an executive assistant to one manager can have very limited interaction sometimes with others. You might have to answer the phone for them, but it would be just taking messages most likely. Some companies let you telecommute, working from home most of the time.

If you like being outdoors working on a farm can have limited interaction also, depends on the farm. Driving a tractor, or other machinery, to work the farm.

Some factory jobs. Jobs that the factory is primarily automated.

Mailman. Mostly you are delivering packages, might have to wave high to someone once and a while. Depends on your route.

Working in a warehouse. Pulling orders to be shipped, or taking back returns, etc. A lot of times you work basically solo, especially third shift.

Truck driver.

bolwerk's avatar

I don’t take Meyers-Briggs too seriously (and I’m an INTP myself), but the type supposedly jives well with theorist and problem solving types. Further, you probably are someone who tends to see the forest rather than the trees (not very detail-oriented). You probably think processively. So I’m afraid I think most of the suggestions here would be downright awful for you.

Sadly, not having a college degree in today’s world is something that makes you not very competitive in fields that require thinking and problem solving. If you have ruled out furthering your formal education, maybe consider doing things like construction or landscaping. These should afford you some creativity while letting you contemplate a big picture outcome.

Another thing would be to find some kind of niche area you’re good at, maybe some kind of food preparation activity – chef, winemaker, beer brewer, cheese maker. These are things that, again, should allow you to think through a process while letting you advance and improve upon a craft.

But I wouldn’t rule out further formal education either. INTPs tend to be of above-average intelligence and often do well with the skills they acquire in formal education. @BosM is not off base in mentioning those things.

phaedryx's avatar

I’d recommend taking some of these free online classes (which are offered by top universities/professors) to see if anything interests you.

wundayatta's avatar

Writing of certain types minimizes the amount of time you have to deal with others. But not newspaper or magazine writing. Research jobs allow you to be on your own a lot. A lot of creative work—sewing, crafty stuff. Plumbing. Carpentry. Those kinds of things can be done on your own as a sole proprietor. Truck driving. Delivery man. Gardener.

But that is, frankly, a pretty stupid way to look at it. I think it would be far better to look at your interests and build a job or career out of that place.

mjm8401's avatar

So far all your opinions have been great. I just have a hard time deciding what I should do. I don’t like to sound egotistical but through my own personal experiences I feel I have a higher power then working a mundane job with no satisfaction . I feel like the first half of my 20s I became lost. This year 2012 has been a huge turning point for me and its starting to become more clear. Thank guys ! : )

JLeslie's avatar

You certainly could look into a professin that maybe only requires minimal vocational education? Something with computers maybe? Do you like to work with your hands, prefer more techy stuff?

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