Thursday, July 18, 2013

Exploring Introvert Careers That Avoid Phone Use, Conflict, Public Speaking

Most introverted and shy people would do best to steer clear of careers that mandate heavy phone use, interaction with angry customers, much conflict, and public speaking.
Going to work every day as an introvert can be tough enough without the stress that such jobs require. 

Discover Jobs with High Frequency of Activities You'd Rather Avoid

So how do you avoid such jobs? A big step is knowing which jobs have a high frequency of activities you'd rather not do.

O*NET OnLine helps you rank
jobs by human interaction.

Research Careers by Work Context

A great free online tool from the U.S. Department of Labor ranks jobs by tasks that turn introverts' stomachs. 

The tool is called O*NET Online. Here's one way to use it: 
  1. Go to Under Advanced Search, scroll to Work Context. Then click the arrow.
  2. Then click Interpersonal Relationships. "This category describes the context of the job in terms of human interaction processes," the site explains.
  3. Scroll down and review various activities, such as the following:
  • Deal with Unpleasant or Angry People--How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations--How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
  • Telephone--How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
     4.  Click an activity that sounds distasteful to you.
     5.  Then review the jobs that require a lot of the activity.
At the bottom of the list, click Show All Occupations to eventually get to jobs with the least amount of the activity or situation. 

Introverts Wouldn't Enjoy Work As Correctional Officers or Arbitrators

So if you fear angry people, don't become a telephone operator or a correctional officer. Instead, go to the bottom of the  O*NET list and consider work as a mathematical technician, rock splitter, or etcher and engraver.

If conflict scares you, don't work as an arbitrator or a gaming supervisor. Rather, look at farming or proofreading.

Of course other factors in addition to work context are important when choosing a career path or an occupation. But the O*NET tool is one way to explore career options for introverts.


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