The 12 Best Jobs for Introverts Without a Degree (Earn Six-Figures Yearly)

As an introvert myself, I can attest to the fact that finding a job that suits our personality type can be difficult. It’s already hard enough to do well in a job interview when you’re shy, but when you don’t have a college degree, it can feel impossible.

Especially in our modern society, where extroverts are the norm, and “people skills” are highly valued, it can feel like you’re at a disadvantage. But don’t worry, there are plenty of great jobs out there for introverts without a degree.

The first thing to consider is that there are jobs with limited to no contact with people. These are an introvert’s paradise, and while they may not pay as much as some other jobs, they can be a great way to start your career.

In this article, we are going to see some of these jobs, why you should consider them, and how to get started in them.

Introverts and Degrees

There are a lot of misconceptions about introverts out there. The biggest one is that we’re all shy, or don’t like people. While it’s true that some introverts are shy, and may not enjoy being in social situations, that doesn’t mean we don’t like people. In fact, many introverts are very outgoing, and enjoy being around others, we just need to recharge after being in social situations.

Another common misconception is that introverts don’t do well in school, or can’t get a degree. This simply isn’t true. In fact, many of the world’s most successful people are introverts. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and even Albert Einstein were all introverts.

And the first 2 are college dropouts. So don’t let anyone tell you that you need a degree to be successful.

However, there is the other side of the coin too. School campuses favor the extroverts. Classrooms are designed for group work, and there is a lot of social pressure to be outgoing. This can make it difficult for introverts to thrive in the traditional college setting.

The important thing to remember is that there are jobs out there for everyone, introvert or not. And while it may be harder to find a job as an introvert without a degree, it’s not impossible.

The 12 Best Jobs for Degreeless Introverts

There are a few factors to consider when looking for a job as an introvert without a degree. The first is the level of social interaction required. Obviously, the less social interaction required, the better.

The second factor is pay. Unfortunately, jobs that don’t require a college degree often don’t pay as well. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a well-paying job without a degree. It just may take a little more work to find one.

The third factor is the level of experience required. For many jobs, you don’t need a degree if you have equivalent experience. This is often the case in fields like IT, where companies are more interested in your skills than your education.

So, without further ado, here are the best jobs for introverts without a degree:

1. Data entry clerk

A data entry clerk is responsible for inputting data into a computer system. This may include anything from customer information to financial data. They may also be responsible for maintaining the system, ensuring that all data is entered accurately and efficiently.

This is a great job for introverts, as it requires little social interaction. It is also a relatively easy job to get, as most companies only require a high school diploma.

The downside of this job is that it is often low-paying and can be repetitive and boring. But if you’re looking for an entry-level job with little experience required, this may be the perfect option for you.

The BLS shows that data entry clerks earn a median salary of $35,490. Not bad for something so simple, hey?

2. Library assistant

A library assistant is responsible for helping patrons find the materials they need. They may also be responsible for shelving books, checking materials in and out, and keeping the library clean.

This job is perfect for introverts who love books and reading. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working alone. It’s also a relatively easy job to get, as most libraries only require a high school diploma.

The downside of this job is that it is often low-paying and can be boring and repetitive. But if you’re looking for a job with little social interaction and experience required, this may be the perfect option for you.

The BLS shows that library assistants earn a median salary of $34,050. That’s not bad, but the assistants are lumped up with technicians, so the data might be a little skewed.

3. Freelance writer

A freelance writer is a self-employed writer who writes for various clients. They may write articles, blog posts, web content, or even books.

This job is perfect for introverts who enjoy writing and working alone. It allows you to work from home, set your own hours, and choose your own clients. And since most clients only care about your writing skills, you don’t need a degree to get started.

The downside of this job is that it can be unstable and unpredictable. You may have long periods of time with no work, and you’ll need to be proactive in finding new clients. But if you’re looking for a job with little social interaction and experience required, this may be the perfect option for you.

As for earnings, they vary too wildly depending on many factors. You can earn anything from below-minimum wage to 6 figures. It’s a matter of how much effort you put in, and how willing you are to keep learning and scaling your business.

4. Computer Programmer

A computer programmer is responsible for writing code that tells a computer what to do. This may include anything from creating websites to developing video games.

This job is perfect for introverts who are good at math and logical thinking. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working alone. And since most companies only care about your skills, you don’t need a degree to get started.

Also, most companies will happily train you themselves, rather than picking a kid fresh out of a computer science college. The reason being that universities are lagging behind in the rapidly changing world of computer programming. Therefore, making you more productive from day one.

The downside of this job is that it can get frustrating. You’ll spend a lot of time each day fixing bugs and refactoring code. The dream of ‘building new exciting stuff every day’ is just that, a dream.

But if you’re looking for a job with little social interaction and experience required, this may be the perfect option for you.

This is easily one of the most lucrative careers for introverts with no degrees. Even as a beginner you can earn almost six-figures yearly as a programmer.

5. Web developer

A web developer is responsible for creating websites. This may include anything from designing the layout to coding the back-end.

This job is perfect for introverts who are good at logical thinking and enjoy working alone. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working alone. And since most companies only care about your skills, you don’t need a degree to get started.

Plus, web development is a huge field with many different specialties, so you can find a niche that suits your interests. Do you prefer coding? Or maybe the pure design part? There’s a specialty for you in both cases.

The downsides are pretty much the same as freelance writing. You might experience periods of drought, where no clients come your way. Also, some clients can be demanding and challenging to work with.

But if you’re looking for a job with little social interaction and experience required, this may be the perfect option for you.

Web developers/designers have a median salary of about $77,200 per year.

6. Undertaker

An undertaker is responsible for preparing the dead for burial and overseeing funerals.

This job is perfect for introverts who don’t mind working with the dead. Yes, you will have people come to you to arrange for their loved one’s funeral. But realistically, they’ll always be sad, and staying silent is the best way to make them feel like you understand them. Plus you only need to deal with them for a short amount of time. The rest of the time you’ll be working alone.

You don’t need a degree to get started in this field, but you will need to complete a funeral director’s program. These programs typically take two years to complete and are offered by colleges and universities.

The downside of this job is that it can be emotionally challenging. You will see death every day, and it can be difficult to remain positive in the face of so much sadness.

Funeral service workers earn a $58,900 median annual salary, which is pretty great all things considered.

7. Dog Walker

A dog walker is responsible for walking dogs. This may include taking them for a walk, playing with them, or even just sitting with them.

This job is perfect for introverts who love animals and enjoy being outdoors. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working alone. And since most clients only care about your ability to walk their dog, you don’t need a degree to get started.

The downside of this job is that it can be physically demanding and sometimes dirty. Also, no matter how much you love dogs, they can be hard to work with sometimes. Still, it’s great for introverts who love animals, as you get to spend your days with them.

It’s hard to gauge how much a dog walker earns, because the BLS groups all animal care workers under the same banner. This includes cat/dog groomers.

These people earn a yearly median salary of $28,730.

8. Car Mechanic

A car mechanic is responsible for repairing cars. This may include anything from changing the oil to fixing a flat tire.

This job is perfect for introverts who are good with their hands and enjoy working alone. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working with cars. At worst, you’ll get the occasional chatty client, but most of the time you’ll be left alone to work. As long as you can reliably fix people’s cars, you’ll have business rolling in.

Working as a car mechanic has its downsides too. It can be physically demanding and you’ll have to work with some nasty fluids. Also, it’s a job that requires experience. You can’t just walk in off the street and start fixing cars.

According to the BLS, their median annual salary is $46,880, but this figure isn’t reliable, because the BLS groups them up with technicians.

9. Bookkeeper

A bookkeeper is responsible for keeping track of a company’s financial records. This may include anything from invoices to tax records.

This job is perfect for introverts who are good with numbers and enjoy working alone. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working with numbers. A bookkeeping certification can be helpful, but it’s not required. As long as you can keep track of numbers and are detail oriented, you’ll do fine.

The downside of this job is that it can be boring. You’ll be looking at the same numbers day in and day out. Also, it’s a job that requires experience. Companies aren’t just going to hand you their financials if you’re a newbie in the field. You need to know what you’re doing.

According to the BLS, their median annual salary is $45,560.

10. Gardener

There’s something poetic about tending gardens and plants. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re living things, or maybe it’s because you get to observe them, but they don’t talk back. But whatever the reason, gardening is a great job for introverts.

As a gardener, you’ll be responsible for taking care of plants. This may include watering them, planting them, and trimming them.

This job is perfect for introverts who love being outdoors and enjoy working with their hands. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be working alone.

Albeit physically exhausting, it can be quite lucrative. Plus, it can be done by anyone, although you’ll want to work a bit with an experienced gardener first to get the hang of the job.

Their median salary is $35,460 per year.

11. Truck Driver

A truck driver is responsible for driving a truck. This may include anything from delivering packages to transporting goods.

This job is perfect for introverts who enjoy being alone and don’t mind long hours on the road. It requires little social interaction, as most of the time you’ll be driving by yourself.

The downside of this job is that it can be quite lonely. You might go days without talking to anyone, which, while perfect for introverts, can be a little too much for some of them. Also, it’s a physically demanding job that requires long hours on the road.

Truck drivers’ yearly median salary is $48,310.

Editor’s note: The truck driving license takes a few weeks to get, and as long as you can pass a background check, you’re good to go.

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12. Graveyard Keeper

This is…a bit of a weird one. A graveyard keeper is responsible for, you guessed it, keeping graveyards clean and tidy.

This job is perfect for introverts who don’t mind being around dead bodies and enjoy working alone. You’ll spend days and nights contemplating tombs, which makes for perfect philosophizing time. Just be careful not to disturb the dead too much.

The downside of this job is that it can be quite morbid and depressing. Also, you’ll likely have to work at night, which can be a bit creepy for some people. But if you’re okay with that, then this job is perfect for you.

And since you’re just guarding a place, no degree is necessary.

It’s impossible to find an accurate median salary for this job, as it greatly varies depending on the state.

Conclusions

So there you have it, 12 great jobs for introverts without a degree. These are perfect for people who want to work alone and don’t mind doing something a little different. And most of them are pretty lucrative too, which is neat.

But we must note that, while you don’t need a college degree for these jobs, some of them may require certification or training. So make sure to do your research before applying for any of these positions. And these are just a few of the many great jobs out there for introverts. So don’t limit yourself, and explore as many options as you can.

It’s important to note that, while you can minimize social interaction with these jobs, you’ll still have to deal with people from time to time. Unfortunately no job can be done completely by yourself, so be careful with that.

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