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HSPs Thrive in These 10 Career Paths
Have you spent your life feeling like you were more sensitive to your environment than your peers? Or perhaps you feel drained by merely interacting with people. Many people who feel like this are considered Highly Sensitive People.
According to Dr. Elaine Aron, this trait is found in 15-20% of the population. The brains of individuals with this trait process information differently, allowing them to be more aware of subtle differences in their surroundings. This includes being more aware of the social cues and body language of their colleagues, clients, and customers. This leads to HSPs being more frequently overwhelmed. But that doesn’t mean the trait is negative.
It simply means that HSPs have to navigate the world a little differently.
Many HSPs are also introverts. This is totally understandable due to the amount of stimuli that comes from interacting with people. I personally identified as an introvert for years before discovering my highly sensitive trait that contributed to my desire to be alone on the weekends in order to recharge and happily hide away in my apartment.
So how does being an HSP affect having a job?
Certain career paths can be very difficult for HSPs. I frequently found myself feeling constantly drained and I put myself under extreme amounts of pressure at my past jobs.
Work environments that aren’t ideal for an HSP include:
- Most sales-related jobs with strict deadlines and competitive cultures.
- Jobs that require a lot of human interaction.
- Any role that requires a lot of confrontation.
- Companies with lots of drama.
- Disorganized companies with inefficient systems.
- Roles that heighten their already perfectionist and overworking tendencies.
Overall, HSPs need a job that is as low-stress as possible while allowing them to use their unique abilities and strengths. Most HSPs need to feel like they have a purpose and can contribute to the greater good of the world. It’s about MORE than just the money!
So what should an HSP look for in a job?
- A role that aligns with their deepest beliefs and values.
- A job with little uncertainty, where there are clear protocols and procedures.
- A culture with high levels of kindness and authenticity.
- The ability to work alone and independently.
- An environment that values their work-life-balance over their achievements.
- A workspace without distracting, loud, or arousing stimuli.
When HSPs have a job that allows them to thrive, they’re able to contribute even more greatly to the task at hand. HSPs are able to detect small details that others may miss in addition to their genuine desire to be helpful and work hard.
Which is why it’s important that an HSP find a job that unlocks their many strengths and allows them to live out their values.
Some great career paths for HSPs include:
- Graphic design, visual arts, etc.
- Copywriting and content creation.
- Spiritual leadership, clergy roles, or life coaching.
- Counseling and therapy work.
- Healthcare and veterinary roles.
- Self-employment and business ownership.
- Non-profit work.
- Tech and computer sciences.
- Teaching and training positions.
- Political campaign leadership.
As you can see from this list, many of these jobs allow HSPs to work from home or for themselves. Independent and remote work can be amazing for HSPs. One of the reasons being that they can stay energized to pursue hobbies and relationships outside of work, without becoming too drained from their career responsibilities, commuting, or managing difficult relationships with coworkers.
These roles also allow HSPs to be creative or support a cause that is important to them. HSPs can be very deep thinkers with a passion for helping, training, or teaching others.
Each of these career paths are just a few of the options for HSPs that enables them to truly thrive. I invite you to explore what works for you and never settle for simply what’s “good enough” or the bare minimum required to keep you functioning and paying bills. Whether you’re an HSP or not, we all have the ability to make choices and craft our life in a way that makes us truly happy.
But how do you find these jobs and discover a career path that works for you? Here are a few resources that I use to find remote work and expand my knowledge:
You can also read more about the Highly Sensitive trait with the amazing book by Dr. Elaine Aron. (I personally love the audio book!)