What are the best jobs for highly sensitive people? For an HSP, this can seem like a tough question to figure out. But the answer might be simpler than you think.
Because of your unique traits, you could potentially do a lot of good in the world in many different careers. We’ll go over some of the best jobs for a highly sensitive person.
Highly Sensitive Person Traits
Before we go over HSP career ideas, for those who aren’t sure if you’re one, here are some common traits. Some describe these characteristics as symptoms. I think the word “symptoms” has a negative connotation, and you don’t have to feel negative about being HSP.
- Easily stimulated by loud noises or violent images.
- Overwhelmed when doing more than one or two tasks.
- Becoming angry when hungry.
- Not able to perform well under supervision.
- Emotional when it comes to the arts.
- Easily recognizing when others are uncomfortable.
- Needing time alone when overwhelmed
- Very detail-oriented
- High preference for orderliness
These are some of the many traits that are often associated with being a highly sensitive person. There’s no exact test to this, but if most of these were true for you, you’re probably an HSP. Now that you know some of the traits, let’s go over what jobs are best suited for you.
Detail-oriented jobs for highly sensitive people
As mentioned among the traits, highly sensitive people tend to be very detailed oriented. So any jobs that involve remembering a lot would be perfect for the HSP. Here are a list of detail-oriented jobs.
It’s critical that someone in this job know exactly the right amount of anesthesia to give to keep a patient unconscious during surgery. So if any job could use your skills to remember details, it’s definitely this one. Best of all, it’s a very high paying job.
At first glance you might not be aware of why this is important. But if the design of a building or house is one inch off, that can result in an unstable foundation or a crooked house.
And needless to say, that would create a very unsafe living or working space. So if you can draw pretty well, this would be an ideal career for you as a highly sensitive person.
There’s a major difference between “Are you ready to eat, mom?” vs “Are you ready to eat mom?” One minor error such as missing a comma, can result in a lot of confusion. So, with your detail-oriented skills, you can make sure every comma and period are in the right place.
That every word is spelled right, and all of the grammar is put together well. Furthermore, there are a number of people and organizations that need proofreaders.
For example: news sites, authors, second language English speakers, and many other different groups. In addition, you have the potential to freelance as well. Quite a dream it would be to be self-employed.
Working from the comfortable environment of your home would make this one of the best jobs for introverted HSPs.
Transcriptionists type out the words in a recording or live event for written record or those who are hearing impaired.
Because of the accuracy required to make sure every word is heard and recorded right, you can apply your detail-oriented trait to this occupation.
Who says sensitive people can’t get their hands dirty? Maybe you’re the type of highly sensitive person that likes putting things together. If you are, then being a mechanic might work for you.
Mechanics have a lot of things to remember. They have to know the right tools, nuts, bolts, and other things in order to make sure a car, train, or plane runs smoothly.
Additionally, mechanics mostly do work on their own. So you don’t have to worry with dealing with a lot of people.
There’s a lot of details that have to be right with being a firefighter. Getting your gear on right, knowing how to use the equipment, attaching a hose to a fire hydrant, and so on. In a job where it’s critical to know the right details in seconds. a highly sensitive person could thrive in this work.
Jobs involving orderliness
If you’re a highly sensitive person that likes to keep everything in order, then you should definitely consider these jobs.
One of the most obvious jobs involving orderliness is any job that involves cleaning. Whether you’re owning a cleaning service, or working for one, you’ll be able to put orderliness to work.
The only issue might be if the smells of dirty rooms or cleaning supplies are too much for you. But if you can handle it, you can potentially find the work very enjoyable. You could be one of the best housekeepers a person has ever hired.
We don’t think twice about being able to find the items we need, because someone took the time to make sure all of them were placed in the right location.
A highly sensitive person being so orderly can definitely succeed at stocking items in the right places. And you can also be happy you made someone’s day less complicated.
If any occupation needs to have everything in order, perhaps it’s an event planner. Particularly for weddings, people have high expectations for having every detail planned and executed correctly.
So with your knack for order and detail, you can make sure all the right meals are served, the right flowers are picked, and all of the moments follow the timeline that was scheduled.
Being an event planner would particularly be a suitable career for a highly sensitive extrovert. Though if you’re a highly sensitive introvert who’s passionate about event planning, you’ll enjoy this career too.
Some job listings for this career specifically ask for people who are detail-oriented with a skill for organization. There’s a number of tasks involved with this job that you can apply your natural orderliness too.
For instance, keeping the books in the right places, or maintaining neatness in the child reading room. This definitely could be a career best suited for an empath.
Creative Jobs for highly sensitive people
Maybe you’re an HSP that’s a really big fan of the arts. If you’re most happiest when you’re creating something, you might be suited for these careers.
Because highly sensitive people notice the subtly of colors and sounds well, being an art director could possibly be the perfect job for them. Art directors are responsible for the overall visual appearance of a company.
They have to be able to create an image that delivers the message and mood a company is desiring to get other people to feel when they see it. If you’re an HSP into art in general, this career is a great fit for you.
Film and Video Editor
Similar to the art director, film and video editors are also responsible for creating a visual image that fits the goals a director wants to accomplish. This occupation also involves the detail-oriented and orderliness skill that highly sensitive people have as well.
It takes a lot of focus and time to make sure that every video image is cut and pasted together in the right way. Your quality for subtle visuals combined with your skill for details and order gives you a greater advantage to succeed in this career.
The internet is always going to keep growing, which means there’s going to continue to be a need for people who are good with making websites function smoothly and look good.
Being a web designer is another one of the best jobs for introverted HSPs. One of the benefits of this career for highly sensitive people is that it often requires very little interaction with other people.
You can have your own space, be it in an office or in your own home, and you can give yourself the desired peace and comfort you need to work at your best.
Careers comforting people
If you really have a heart for people who are hurt and in need of support, you’ll potentially find these careers really satisfying.
Jobs in Psychology
Given your ability as an HSP or empath to recognize others discomfort and deeply sympathize with their emotions, you’d potentially be a very good psychologist.
It all depends on what particular people you really have a heart for helping. Rehab psychologists, for example, work with people who are overcoming an addiction.
Child therapists, as the name indicates, work with children who need psychological help. Below is a list of other jobs in the psychology filed you might find interesting.
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- School career counselor
- Recreational therapist
- Sports psychologist
- Forensic psychologist
- Correctional psychologist
- Engineering psychologist
- Research psychologist
- Clinical psychologist
- Experimental psychologist
- Military psychologist
Jobs in Ministry
In these challenging times, people now more than ever need to hear from someone who can provide them spiritual comfort and guidance to get through life.
What better way to use your emotional sensitivity than to help give others some hope and perspective. There are a number of different options you can pursue depending on your religious affiliation. But here are a list of a few.
Church Music Director
If you’re good at playing music and holding a tune, this might be another perfect combination of your skills as a highly sensitive person.
The position of church music director, sometimes called the worship pastor, would combine your creativity, your sensitivity, and your detail-oriented nature, giving you a great sense of fulfillment in the work you’re doing.
You can apply your creativity to creating the right sound and visual imagery, your sensitivity for using the right songs to comfort people, and your detail-oriented nature for making sure every note is in tune.
Connecting with kids, teens, and young adults can be a challenging task. This is an age group that typically feels misunderstood and underappreciated.
As a highly sensitive person, your delicate way with words could be just the thing that reaches these younger folks. After all, you don’t like dealing with being misunderstood and looked down more than most people.
So you can relate from that aspect, and be able to build a connection that helps them grow more in their spirituality
This position is a particularly sensitive one that highly sensitive people could thrive in. The hospice chaplain are clergy members who deal with the spiritual needs patients and families going through the end of life experience.
They provide support to people of all different religions, based on the patient’s personal preference. Because of your ability to deeply understand different perspectives as an HSP, you could potentially provide great comfort.
This would be one of the best jobs for an empathetic person.
The position of a missionary presents a unique challenge that highly sensitive people could potentially be successful at. Relating and ministering to people of a different background.
While you may not immediately get the culture like most people wouldn’t, all cultures feel the same human emotions.
So your ability to be emotional and connect with emotions, can make you the best person to bridge that cultural divide, and help lead them to spiritual growth and understanding.
Best jobs for highly sensitive people
Often in many articles giving job search advice for highly sensitive people, the jobs presented as the best jobs, while helpful in addressing the specific needs of a highly sensitive person, can also seem a bit limiting.
Yes, you do have a specific set of traits that may make certain circumstances and situations more difficult for you to handle.
However, that does not mean you can’t do all you can to make whatever job you may have an interest for more manageable. Or you can find an alternative that better allows you to do what you enjoy.
If you’re given the flexibility to craft your environment to suit your needs, maybe there are no worst jobs for empaths and highly sensitive people.
For example, let’s say you really enjoy teaching, but being around a lot of noisy kids can be too much of a drain for you. There are two options that can still make this occupation possible for you. Firstly, you can choose to be a tutor, and only have to deal with one kid at a time.
The second option is you can choose to teach at a private school where the kids are generally more well-behaved. The classes are much smaller than public school classes.
The point here is that you don’t have to let these traits such as being sensitive to loud noises or having difficult performing under supervision affect your career choices. It’s possible to find a way to get your dream job even if it’s not entirely HSP or Empath friendly.
If you find yourself experiencing burnout as an HSP, Dr. Elaine Aron recommends pacing yourself, unyoking from non-HSPs, seeking medical support, and finding out why it’s a pattern.
A different way to view finding the best job as a highly sensitive person
Some time ago I had a thought in my head about a different way people could find a career/job. Instead of just focusing on finding our passion, perhaps what could be helpful is to think about where our unique personality and character traits would be most helpful.
That’s what I attempted to show in the jobs I listed that could be great for highly sensitive people. Through your amazing traits of being sensitive to people’s emotions and being detailed, I suggested jobs that really need people like that.
Not all of these jobs were necessarily the most comfortable working environment for an HSP. But they do provide fulfillment and meaning, which most of us as sensitive people desire in life.
Using the best of who you are to help people that really need those traits you have could potentially give you all the meaning and fulfillment you’d ever want in a career.
So be open in your pursuit of occupations. Think about how your personality and character could be best used to help others in society. Know that there can be ways around things you may feel could be potentially harder for you as a highly sensitive person at work.
Keep all of that in mind. Be hopeful that you can find the best job that not only suits you, but suits the world around you that will benefit from your work.
I hope these career ideas were helpful to you. What do you think are the best jobs for highly sensitive people?
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