Being extremely shy can hinder many aspects of your life. Social and otherwise. I was a very shy child growing up and that continued on into my teenage years. Once I went away to college and obtained my first real grown-up job after graduation, I slowly began coming out of my shell, mostly because I was forced to do so. Working in social services forces you to interact with a variety of different people on a daily basis. I was able to get over my shyness but some people are just not capable of doing that. If you are of those people for whom social interaction is nerve-racking and anxiety inducing, here is a list of careers that may be suited for you.
1. Computer Programmer
Being a computer programmer is great for shy people. So are the various other jobs in the technical field that require little to no human interaction. As a computer programmer, you would be working independently for the most part, figuring out ways to improve devices ranging from iPads to online businesses. Other careers in the technology field that suit shy people are software engineers, engineering technicians and computer systems analysts. These are more “behind the scenes” careers for shy people where they can excel within.
2. Dental Technician
People in this position work with a mold of the patient’s teeth rather than the actual patient and only really have contact with the dentist or hygienist they are assisting. Lab technicians, pharmacists, medical transcriptionists and medical researchers are other careers in which individuals work alone, but at the same time support the direct staff.
3. Graphic Designer
Creative careers, such as graphic designing, is ideal for shy people since the creativity process is usually a solitary one. As a graphic designer, you would be spending most of your time honing and designing concepts for your clients, mostly on your own. Other creative careers that suit those who are shy involve writing, editing and web developing. All these careers require a quiet, solitary environment in which you can think of your next great idea.
This position will have you spending more time with a calculator and numbers rather than people. As an accountant, your main responsibility would be ensuring financial data is correct. Other careers for shy people in the financial arena include actuaries, financial analysts and auditors. These careers provide various behind the scenes positions where the main focus is more on research and paperwork rather than client interaction.
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