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6 Great Jobs for Left-Brained People

The left brain-right brain theory began with the work of 1981 Nobel Prize winner Roger W. Sperry. Generally speaking, the left side of the brain tends to control many aspects of language, logic, learning and information processing. People who are left brain dominant tend to be more analytical in their thinking and typically perform well academically.

Smart ID-100254840When a person is Right Brain Dominant, they are thought of as dreamers, artists, and musicians since the right side of the brain tends to handle spatial information and visual comprehension. People characterized as being right-brained prefer visual instructions with examples, can memorize music more easily, are more spontaneous and tend to solve problems more intuitively.

Left brained people are often considered smart, because modern education is generally geared toward their strengths such as memorizing information and logic. But this does not actually make them “smarter” it simply allows them to succeed academically easier than their right brained counterparts.  They are however able to use their abilities to solve complex problems and these strengths make certain jobs perfect for the left-brained individual. Here are six, high-paying jobs, which would probably suit a left-brained person.

Research Scientists

Research is a left-brained quality in and of itself. In addition to research, the data found needs to be analyzed. Being able to follow the procedures of the scientific method for every experiment requires someone almost entirely left-brained. People with a career in research science enjoy problem solving, and they tend to be very realistic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook Computer and Information Research Scientists earned an average of $110,620 per year  in 2015 and required a Doctoral or professional degree. They invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, medicine, science, and other fields. Employment of computer and information research scientists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Accountants, Auditors and Financial Analysts

Having an aptitude for numbers is a left-brained quality. Combining the talents of being highly accurate with an affinity for numbers makes them ideal left-brained people. Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. According to the BLS Accountants and Auditors averaged $67,190 per year  in 2015 and demand for them will increase by 11% through 2024.

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments. In 2015, Financial Analysts averaged $80,310 per year and demand for them will increase 12% through 2024.

Computer Programmers

Computer programmers are detail oriented, complex problem solvers, follow procedure and function well with a routine. Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. According to the BLS computer programmers earned an average of $79,530 per year in 2015 and often only need a Bachelors degree… however, the BLS also estimates that the demand for computer programmers will decline -8% through 2024.


A lawyer is a textbook lefty. They prepare documents, represent other people, interpret often complex laws, analyze people and law, and their entire career is comprised of solving the problems of others. Lawyers are known leaders and investigators too. Despite using every left-brained quality there is, lawyers are usually talented enough to combine the abilities of both sides of the brain. They earned an average of $115,820 per year in 2015 and jobs are projected to increase at an average rate. Despite what we see on TV not all Lawyers are involved in high profile cases defending (or prosecuting) criminals. Many lawyers handle much more mundane things like Bankruptcies, Real Estate closings, traffic violations, divorce etc. To become a lawyer generally requires a Doctoral or professional degree.


There are a variety of types of engineers. Engineers in general, embody everything a left-brained person should be. They provide technical advice, supervise project sites, solve problems, evaluate projects, follow and exceed standards and compute materials. Engineers are detail oriented, good with numbers, think analytically, lead, offer direction, make an effort to master their craft and they are also highly ethical people.

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. According to the BLS Civil Engineers averaged $82,220 per year in 2015. To learn more about civil engineers visit this site for more information.

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They averaged $83,590 per year in 2015.

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). They averaged $95,230 per year  in 2015.

Other types of engineers include Aerospace Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Chemical Engineers,, Computer Hardware Engineers, and many more.


They quality of life and the very life of a patient depends on the ability of a surgeon to be accurate, analytical and solve problems. Every single movement and decision has to be perfect, precise and part of following a procedure. They are left-brained with people’s lives depending on it. Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates. The average surgeon earns more than $187,200 per year, requires  a Doctoral or professional degree and has job growth expected to be much better than average.

These six jobs require people who fall under the category of being left-brained. They are all problem solvers and detailed oriented among. The left-brained community is highly valuable, and it is full of a lot of people who are working some extremely vital occupations.

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