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It’s often said we live in a world made for extroverts, in which introverts struggle to fit in and succeed. However, some of the most successful people on Earth are introverts – think Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg. Introverts possess certain skills that can take them far in their careers, including those in the financial services sector, which has many high-paying jobs suited to introverts.

The financial services sector contains many fields and professions, but it often conjures up a narrow image of loud, fearless Wall Street types who are constantly interacting with people and making deals or leading others: salespeople, business developers, senior investment bankers, hedge fund managers, stockbrokers, managers, and more. However, there is so much to the sector, from banking and fintech to insurance and logistics, meaning many career options.

Many of the highest-paying jobs in the sector that are ideal for introverts are more analytical and technical roles which typically require less interaction and more work in the background.

That said, although introverts are often thought to all struggle with social interactions, there are plenty who have strong interpersonal skills and who are comfortable around others, and there are careers in the financial services sector for both kinds of introverts.

The best high-paying careers for introverts in the financial services industries

The financial services sector includes multiple industries and fields of expertise, including banking, insurance, investment, fintech, trade and export, IT, analytics, and more, so there are many careers within this sector that are suited to introverts. These jobs include:

1. Accountant

Key soft skills: Attention to detail, independence

Reserved introverts in accounting positions will enjoy the fact that the job doesn’t involve a lot of interacting with people, while many introverts will thrive in the position thanks to being detail-oriented and being able to work well independently without needing lots of social stimulation or guidance.

However, they will need to be able to interact with some clients and provide management with their findings (although the latter is often done over email and reports).

Those who have a knack for working with numbers and are good at analytical thinking will make good accountants, as well as organised individuals. Accountants have varied days filled with different kinds of duties and tasks, so the job is quiet but never boring.

2. Actuary

Key soft skill: Analytical thinking

Introverts who enjoy working with numbers and analysing statistics can excel as actuaries, professionals who mostly work on their own or as part of small teams. They have a vast knowledge of statistics and analyse many kinds of statistical data to assess risks that may affect financial spending, from accident rates to mortality. As well as this, they use their skills to forecast future risks.

Although the position is quiet and solitary, an actuary has a huge influence on their company and its success. The function of their role enables them to maximise a company’s profit. This means they are highly valuable to companies like insurance and banking organisations.

There is high demand in Africa for actuarial skills, especially because there is a shortage of actuaries.

3. Investment Asset Manager

Key soft skills: Attention to detail, organisation, critical thinking

Investment asset management can suit both extroverts and introverts, but does not have much of a sales element (unlike in private banking investment) and is mostly internal, so it will appeal to an introvert in that way.

However, given that an asset manager manages a client’s asset portfolio on their behalf, asset management is also a client-facing position. This means it is suited to introverts who are comfortable with speaking to people and who have strong communication skills in order to build strong relationships with clients.

4. Data Scientist

Key soft skill: Analytical thinking

Data scientists, as well as data analysts and quants who also work with data, are also in high demand and have critical skills that are needed by various types of organisations. Introverts can thrive in data scientist roles, as most of their day consists of interacting with data rather than other people.

Individuals in this role decode complex data for their organisation – which involves going through complicated financial and statistical spreadsheets – and present their analyses in reports. They have strong mathematical and statistical skills and may have a qualification or experience in economics.

5. Market Research Analyst

Key soft skills: Attention to detail, analytical thinking, independence

A market research analyst mainly works independently, spending most of their day in the company of data and spreadsheets with little human contact except for some interaction with clients or managers.

That said, some research analysts will also need to carry out surveys in order to gather consumer data, which will involve having to talk to new people some of the time. Introverts in these positions will need to be comfortable enough around people to do this.

Research analysts go through data and statistics with a fine-tooth comb and use the information they find to forecast and analyse market conditions and economic trends, which helps companies to plan sales strategies based on these conditions.

6. Tech or Operations Professional

Key soft skills: Communication, problem-solving, technically-minded

Roles in technology and operations in a company are very much internal and do not involve interacting with or handling clients, as there is no sales element involved, which could make these jobs an introvert’s dream. These roles are great for people who are interested in technology and are most comfortable working behind the scenes, either independently or with a small number of colleagues.

7. Budget Analyst

Key soft skill: Attention to detail

Budget analyst roles don’t often involve much in the way of speaking to and handling other people, and are mostly solitary. However, both public and private companies and organisations employ budget analysts, and budget analysts in certain organisations such as the government will be required to interact with others more regularly, such as going to meetings and presenting their findings to lawmakers.

This is another job for people who like numbers and data, and budget analysts mainly monitor company spending and compile financial reports. They are key for organisations to manage their finances and stay within budget, and can help them to save money, making them highly valued.

8. Software Engineer

Key soft skills: Empathy, problem-solving, creativity

There are various types of software engineers, including general software engineers, app developers, and software developers, to name a few. Most of the time, individuals in these jobs lean on the introverted side.

These positions are great for people who have a mix of technical and analytical skills, independence, and creativity, which allows them to solve problems in smart ways using a fresh approach, making them efficient problem-solvers who are capable of resolving issues by themselves.

They aren’t required to talk to people much, except for coordinating with their supervisors or others on their team involved in producing the software.

Their creativity is also much-needed to produce computer or mobile applications, networks, and systems that are user-friendly.

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you can find the job suited to you on CA Global Finance’s job board, which lists the latest vacancies in Africa across a range of industries.

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