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As an introvert, what do you do for a living and are you happy/fulfilled doing it?

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I'm a machine operator. I run 20 machines and make about 2 million aluminum cans each day during my shift. The best part about the job is that it's so noisy no one can talk to me.

Duke Level 8 July 18, 2018

I worked at a Proctor & Gamble factory for a while and the noise was insane. Ear plugs in all the time. Conversations were screamed at each other despite standing 4 feet apart!

I used to work for a huge commercial printer (they printed TVGuide, Parede Magazine, and the Enquirer for the west coast. I used to go hide by the rotogravure machines when I needed to get away from people. I didnt always wear my earplugs and I’m lucky I have all my hearing.

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I fell into journalism by chance but soon I soon found that I wouldn't trade it for anything. When I'm behind the questions I have no problem interacting with anyone. In large-group social situations, however, I 'm shy and tend to listen rather than speak. I'm OK when it's one-on-one.

TheDoubter Level 9 July 18, 2018
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I'm a mechanic. Machines I can understand. People, not so much.

You got that right, machinery don't talk back. Retired HVACR tech.

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I am a Linux Systems Engineer and work from home. It's rewarding and allows me to be alone, earn an income and be close to the kids.

GeekDad13 Level 4 July 18, 2018
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I drove a tractor trailer across America solo for different companies best job for an introvert like me. I handled everything myself. Very rarely had to interact with people from my job/company. Loved it. Couldn't have a relationship with a woman like I really wanted.

Photo is like a tractor trailer I drove toward the end of my career. I had the endorsement to pull 3 trailers. Many times I connected tractor and both trailers by myself. Trailer dollies are huge and heavy. Had to line up dollies in front of second trailer by hand by myself. Sometimes they were frozen to the ground.

JohnINFP Level 7 July 18, 2018
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I'm a CPA. Perfect job for me.

Hihi Level 6 July 18, 2018
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I did waitressing and a nurses assistant most of my life. It seems weird because I am useless in regular social situations but I like it and am strangely good at it. I like the team aspect of it and small conversations with customers that end before I get awkward (usually).
I find it much more fulfilling than factory work or what I imagine a desk job would be like.

MsAl Level 8 July 18, 2018
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I'm in IT, and frankly, I expected to see more people answer that way.

I enjoy what I do immensely, in part because of the people I work with, but I do like my career choice.

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I should answer my own post. I work at home right now as an internet analyst (sounds fancier than it is, lol). Believe it or not, I was in a sales job before this, and surprised myself with how decent I was at sales. It forced me to come out of my shell and was kind of fun. I just didn't like weekend work while my kid started school so I gave it up. Now I'm looking to switch careers or maybe go back to school, so I am interested in all your answers because it gives me an idea of what kind of jobs us introverts may love or hate. 🙂

Bliss32 Level 3 July 18, 2018

That's interesting! I was in sales before moving to Colorado. I worked at strip hotels in Las Vegas doing convention sales. I was good at it but, I really didn't enjoy it at all.

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I’m in technology and manage a small group. I like the people I work with. We all did Myers Briggs test. They cannot believe I am an introvert. Exhausted at end of day.
My job has aspects I love. Other parts not so much

jab60 Level 6 July 18, 2018
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Weirdly I have gone from being a computer geek to a therapist. That's from working completely by myself to working with individuals.
Now I have to do small talk and converse with people a lot, although only on a superficial level.
If I have several clients in a day it exhausts me. But I'm loving it. The closest I've ever been to being truly sociable ?

AspieGal Level 3 July 18, 2018
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I'm a software engineer and I love it. I also do some coding in my spare time as well, and have a list of projects I'd like to do in the future.

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I went to school to be an engineer so I wouldn't have to write reports or deal with people. Now all I do is write reports and deal with people lol. But I actually do enjoy what I do since I get to enjoy the great outdoors quite a bit. I'm also one of the rare people who doesn't mind conflict so dealing with angry contractors is like a cool summer breeze

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I was a librarian but then later I had my own second-hand/antiquarian bookshop. Both of them peaceful jobs meeting nice people, with plenty of quiet time. I have also done a fair amount of ESL teaching, but I only teach adults. I don't like children except my own!

CeliaVL Level 7 July 19, 2018
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I'm a hospital pharmacy technician. I spend most of my day making custom sterile IV solutions. I'm also the instructor, so I teach the pharmacy student interns and new technicians and yearly refresher for everybody. It's rewarding knowing that I'm helping to heal people (and sometimes tell Dr's that they're wrong). A small plus is I work alone for the most part, but I work in a tiny space- about 3 ft wide and about 15 ft long with no windows.

EricJones Level 8 July 19, 2018
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I'm an accountant, but have to talk to people frequently. It doesn't kill me, but I wouldn't mind less.

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I work at company that sells and distributes Aviation fuels. I am in the contract fuel department. If you remember how credit cards worked before the card reader and the carbon copy forms, that's basically what I do. The store would call the card company to verify that funds were available for the purchase. I can be viewed as the card company. People sign up for our contract fuel program, which general saves money on fuel prices. I give the authorization for the fuel to be bought on credit. I do enjoy what I do, but not as much as I enjoyed working the flight line at an airport. I loved fueling the aircraft, especially the airlines that serviced the airport. They weren't large aircraft, but I loved it. The whole thing is that it's not my job that I am unfulfilled about. It's something else that I can't put my finger on. I love the company I work for and the people I work with. I have fun at work, but I do feel something missing.

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I teach guitar. I enjoy it very much. I wouldn’t mind if it paid a bit better ?

Iowaguitar Level 6 July 18, 2018

pays more or less depending on where/location you conduct your business. ex: Beverly Hills or Iowa

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I’m an electrical engineer. I like it because it’s technically challenging and it keeps me on my toes and demands that I’m constantly learning new things. My work environment is part cubicle farm and part computer laboratory. When in the cubicle farm, I detest loud, boisterous people and won’t befriend them. I like polite, soft-spoken people who are aware and respectful of their work surrounding.

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I work from home after several years working outside of home. I would not say I am an introvert but working at home dealing with public on the phone I can not be. I work for a hotel chain. Really enjoy being able to be around for my son and have flex schedule.

Rose2U Level 7 Aug 10, 2018
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I deal with sick patients whos communication is limited and I try and solve their issues through experience. Spend a lot of time a lone. I do enjoy the solitude

Mokvon Level 8 July 25, 2018
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I am an I.T. help desk analyst for a healthcare organization..
So basically I take calls from doctors and nurses that are having computer problems. Usually I correct their issues by having them reboot. I do not like what I do for a living but I do like the company that work for and I like my coworkers.

geek4life Level 2 July 22, 2018
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Weirdly I ended up doing customer service in a major financial call center handling auto loans. I took the job largely because I wanted it to help teach me to converse better on the phone. I used to be so bad I’d freeze up ordering Chinese food. Been there almost 3 years and the job has really helped.

JTony Level 3 July 22, 2018
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A massage therapist almost 15 years..tiny room, dark and mostly silent. I talk to some clients if they talk to me. I also have no need for supervision, i get my shit done, son.

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Internal audit, and I love it.

AprilLynn Level 5 July 21, 2018
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