15 Worst Jobs For Introverts (Best Jobs For Extroverts)

Last Updated on January 21, 2024

As an introvert, there are certain careers you should not go into because if you do, it will bring you discomfort, and you don’t want to be unhappy at your job, do you? To help you avoid such careers, we have curated a list of the worst jobs for introverts, so, look over them before applying to jobs.

Do you prefer solitude to social interaction? Do you like being alone or with a small group of your favorite people than with a large group of people? Would you rather work alone than in a group? Do people describe you as quiet, shy, or reserved? After a period of socializing, do you feel the need to be alone to “recharge”?

If the answer to all the questions above is YES, then that makes you an introvert, and if you haven’t known till now then I am officially welcoming you to the club.

A club of highly sensitive people who find socializing draining and never want to leave their room to go to a party just across the street.

Introverts avoid doing things that will burn and drain their energy which is why most of them will not mention their birthdays to their friends to avoid a celebration and prefer to work from home rather than an office to avoid constant chattering and social interactions.

Not all introverts work from home, some office work environments are great for introverts and if you, as an introvert, want to get the experience or know what it feels like working on-site, then you should go for such jobs. But before that, it is best to know the worst jobs for introverts so that you do not make the mistake of getting a job that is the opposite of your behavior spectrum.

When you know the jobs that are worst for introverts it will help you know what type of role not to pursue. An Introvert is the opposite of an extrovert. This means that the worst jobs for introverts are the best jobs for extroverts, therefore, extroverts can find a career they can get into from this article.

Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

Worst Jobs For Introverts (Best Jobs For Extroverts)

Again, if you are an introvert avoid going into the jobs/careers listed here but if you are an extrovert, they will make a good fit for you.

The worst jobs for introverts are:

1.     Flight Attendant

Flight attendants are required to be social it is a necessity to be a naturally social person to enter this profession. Flight attendants connect with people from all walks of life, they are always seen interacting with exhausted, overexcited, frightened, hungry, and angry travelers. You don’t want to be the person attending to travelers if you are an introvert, so, avoid this career path.

2.     Waiter/Waitress

If you are an introvert reading this, I’m guessing you were already imagining the crowd and different faces that you MUST attend to daily. It is a frightening imagination. As a shy, reserved, or quiet person, this is not the best environment for you because it requires daily social interaction. As an introvert, being a waiter or waitress will cause burnout and you’d get little to no tips, unlike an extrovert who is in the same job.

3.     Tour Guide/Entertainer

This is an interesting job, you get to talk to and educate different tourists every day about a particular attraction site, and remember, you will be in the spotlight. For an extrovert, this would be an exciting job but for an introvert, it is draining and what was that about being in the spotlight always? Introverts do not do the spotlight.

4.     Salesperson

To be a salesperson, you must have excellent social skills like communication and negotiating. This involves talking, interacting, and pressuring people to part with their money for a product or service. All of these are skills that introverts lack naturally therefore, they cannot survive nor be successful in sales but extroverts have these skills and will thrive in a career in sales.

And that is not all, you will also get to network if you want to be a successful salesperson. That means, if you get into sales as an introvert, there will be no free time for you to “recharge” after social interactions because, in your free time, you have to keep networking and connecting with current and potential clients via online and offline channels. These are critical to ensure success in sales.

5.     Real Estate Agent

This is one of the worst jobs for introverts but a great career path for extroverts.  Introverts would give every excuse in the world not to leave their comfort zone and with such a behavior, there is no way an introvert can take up this job and be successful in it. Being a real estate agent requires you to walk people around houses and always be ready at a moment’s notice to help clients find their dream homes.

That’s not all.

You have to be able to negotiate and sweet-talk clients to take your deal and let’s not forget about the networking aspect. Real estate agents are salespeople when it all comes down to it. They both employ the same type of strategy and require the same skillset, therefore, this career is a threshold for extroverts and not for introverts.

6.     Receptionist

Working as a receptionist is one of the worst jobs for people who prefer solitude, are not interested in meeting new people, and prefer little to no social interaction because as a receptionist, you will meet different people every day from all walks of life and interact with them. This is the primary responsibility of a receptionist and as an introvert, this job role will bring you misery.

What’s worse?

You don’t even have your own office, so there will be no space for you to gather yourself, “recharge”, and come back. You can’t even leave your post for a few moments. So, you see, this is not, in any way, a good job for an introvert.

7.     Bartender

To be hired as a bartender, you MUST be friendly, engaging, and social with everyone you meet. These are the characteristics of an extroverted individual, therefore, bartending would be an exciting job for an extrovert. But as an introvert, it would be hell. You most likely won’t get hired to talk more about lasting an entire day at work as a bartender.

8.     Customer Service Representative

If you are an introvert looking for a career, avoid working as a customer service rep. This job role requires you to talk on the phone non-stop and deal with the anger and frustration coming from the other end of the line. Introverts cannot be able to handle it as it can be draining.

9.     Insurance Agent

Insurance agents, salespersons, and real estate agents all fall under the same category. They are job roles that require you to know the art of selling because selling is an essential part of the job and guarantees success. And you already know the amount of work that comes with selling.

As an insurance agent, you will contact potential clients and explain why they should purchase a certain insurance plan, whether it is property, health, or life insurance. You will talk to them on the phone, or email, and meet them in person to finalize the deal. Do you think you can excel as an introvert in this job role?

10.  Public Relations Officer

The “public” in Public Relations Officer is enough hint to know that this is not a job for you as an introvert. You will do a lot of “public” work such as attending public events, responding to inquiries from the media, and building strong relationships. As you can see, handling this role means you have to be a people person and efficient at communication.

As an introvert, it would be tough for you to excel at this role because the responsibilities are opposite of your natural behavior, therefore, meeting up would be too demanding.

11.  Manager

Managers interact with a lot of people within and outside the organization. There is little to no “alone time” for them. They are either in a business meeting, attending a conference or seminar, supervising, or dealing with a complaint or request. There is a whole lot that these guys do and to excel, you have to be a people person.

From the few responsibilities of a manager I outlined above, you now see why this is one of the worst jobs for introverts but it also happens to be one of the best jobs for extroverts.

12.  Social Worker

This is one of the worst jobs for introverts but a great one for extroverts. As an introvert, you prefer solitude but in this job, you have to come out of that shell because you will have to work with all kinds of families and individuals. The responsibilities of a social worker will be too draining for an introvert.

13.  Event Planner

As an event planner, you must have good social skills. This is important if you want to go far in your career. You have to be prepared to meet clients, talk to them on the phone, or text them via email. Also, you have to deal with any problems that arise ensuring that the event runs smoothly. This is not a great career path for an introvert.

14.  Bank Teller

Good social interaction is necessary to work as a bank teller. You will meet different people every day coming into the bank to use their services, and since you are a service provider in that bank where people come, you have to give them the best services. This includes chatting with different faces every day and ensuring that customers receive the best banking experience.

You would agree that this is a lot of work for you as an introvert and you would be unable to keep up. So, don’t consider it.

15.  Marketing Manager

This is also another job role that requires you to be a people person. It is a necessity because as a marketing manager, you will oversee a team, collaborate with other teams, engage with clients, and present ideas to the board or clients. There is a lot of social interaction in this job role which can be demanding or challenging for an introvert.


Choose your career wisely!

The career that you choose is something you would do for a very long time so you must choose wisely. Pick a career you love and are truly passionate about so that when you feel like giving it all up, your passion will hold you down.

As part of choosing a career wisely, pick a career that matches your behavior spectrum whether as an introvert or extrovert so that you will have a fulfilling career. If you go for a career or job role opposite your traits, you will end up drained and unhappy. You don’t want that now, do you?

So, use the list of worst jobs for introverts we have curated here to go for a job that fits you and avoid jobs that do not match your personality.


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