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Careers for Extroverts

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Do you prefer spending time with other people to being by yourself? How about when it comes to work? Would you rather work with other people? Are you okay with being the center of attention? If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are probably an extrovert.

If you are extroverted, you are energized by other people and outside experiences. You don't absolutely have to be around other people all the time, but when you are, you are more motivated.

As an extrovert, you are better off choosing an occupation in which you could work with other people. That may mean being part of a team or working one-on-one with clients. There is independent work involved in all jobs, but don't worry. You should be fine. Although you may not identify as an introvert—someone who gets energy from within—you can work independently when necessary. After all, there's a little bit of introvert and extrovert in all of us.

1. Sales Representative

Sales representatives sell products on behalf of wholesalers and manufacturers. They contact existing and new clients to set up appointments to discuss products and how they may fill the customers' needs. They demonstrate items, answer questions and negotiate prices and contracts. When not meeting with prospective customers, sales representatives can be found in their offices preparing contracts, arranging deliveries, reordering merchandise from manufacturers and identifying new customers.

2. Project Manager

Project managers oversee construction projects. They interact with tradespeople, property owners, architects, suppliers and their own administrative staff. When off the construction site, they can be found at their desks preparing contracts and budgets, studying building plans and writing progress reports.

3. Clinical or Counseling Psychologist

Clinical and counseling psychologists study the human mind and apply their knowledge to help people solve emotional or behavioral problems. They first meet with individuals in order to assess and diagnose them. They then provide therapy. Sometimes psychologists work with groups of people. They may meet with families of their clients. When not in session with clients or their families, they spend time writing reports and tending to paperwork that must be submitted to insurance companies.

4. Event Planner

Event planners coordinate conventions, trade shows, business meetings and private parties for businesses, organizations and individuals. They talk to clients to learn about their visions for the events and they are available to them until the big day has passed. Event planners meet with vendors and venue management and staff to discuss their offerings, negotiate contracts and review details. Sometimes they have to work at the functions as well. During downtime, event planners go over budgets and review bills and approve them for payment.

5. Mediator

Mediators settle disputes between people who have chosen not to go to court. They meet with both parties to gather information and try to help them find ways to communicate with one another. They interview witnesses and hold hearings. Behind the scenes, mediators research laws, write reports about their cases, prepare written opinions and authorize payments.

6. Hairstylist

Hairstylists cut and style hair and apply bleach, dye and hair straightener. They spend almost their entire day talking to and listening to their clients. Hairstylists spend very little time alone if they are at work, although those who own their own businesses must tend to business-related tasks like paying bills and ordering supplies.

7. Financial Advisor

Financial advisors help individuals and families plan for their financial goals. They assess their clients' needs, let them know which investments can help them meet their goals and alert them when new investment products are introduced. Financial advisors drum up new business by conducting seminars and workshops. When not marketing their services or meeting with clients, they are busy monitoring market trends and looking into new investment products.

8. Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists help people who have speech-related disorders such as the inability to produce certain sounds, fluency and rhythm difficulties and voice quality problems. They conduct assessments, make diagnoses and then provide therapy for clients. When not actually engaged in therapy, speech pathologists spend time developing treatment plans, writing reports and completing paperwork.

9. Urban Planner

Urban planners help communities plan for the use of their land and other resources. They consult with governments, developers, lawyers and special interest groups. They coordinate work with architects and other professionals who are involved in the same projects. They mediate disputes between members of the community. When not leading or attending meetings, urban planners can be found reviewing environmental impact reports and creating presentations.

10. Registered Nurse

Registered nurses provide medical care to patients and emotional support to them and their families. They administer medications, change dressings and check patients' vital signs. They discuss their progress with other health care workers. When they aren't directly engaged in patient care or consulting with families and other workers, registered nurses spend time recording patients' progress and writing reports.

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