Tend to sweat the small stuff? Here are 5 careers for perfectionists.

Tend to sweat the small stuff? Here are 5 careers for perfectionists.

If “perfection” is your middle name, your home is immaculate, your car is spotless, and you keep every single sales receipt to check off on your spreadsheet, why not harness that power?


While you might drive yourself and your friends crazy, perfectionism is one of those personality types which will definitely have its advantages in a few careers, and employers falling over themselves for you.


Tend to sweat the small stuff? Here are 5 careers for perfectionists.




Accounting and perfectionism are two peas in a pod.

It’s a career in which every single ‘i’ has to be dotted, and every single ‘t’ must be crossed. Tiny errors can spell big problems, so a keen eye for detail is essential.

You would be ensuring clients are acting legally, while also having to produce legal, financial documents and tax returns.

If you’ve got a mind for numbers and an eagle eye, accountancy could be perfect.


Quality control.


Quality control.


Every manufacturer has to have quality control and assurances stages in their processes.

When flaws turn up in products, it’s important that they are discovered before they go to market.

In some cases, it’s just about the quality of the product, but for others, it could be a matter of life and death.

A keen eye and a desire to follow strict protocol are essential to find quality assurance jobs.

If you enjoy working in a hands-on environment, and nothing ever passes you by, this could be the perfect role for you.




When it comes to editing text for publication, every single word has to be carefully considered.

If you’re a keen reader with great written and spoken grammar, this could be the role for you.

Allowing mistakes to go to print can cause humiliation for a company, so an editor with an eye for detail is essential.

This is the perfect job for someone who is both creative and a perfectionist.




Medical: doctor or nurse.


When someone’s life is on the line, there’s no room for error.

A perfectionist makes the perfect doctor or nurse because everything is done to the highest standard. This obviously decreases the risk of mistakes which could spell serious problems to an unwell patient.

If you’re compassionate, work well under high levels of stress, but your work is always of a consistently high quality, a career in medicine could be for you.


Events planning.


When someone hires you to plan their events, they want everything to be perfect, right down to the tiniest petals on the tiniest flowers on tables.

That’s why they hire someone to do it, rather than do it themselves.

If you’re gregarious, interested in current trends, and super organized, events management could be perfect for you.

You need to be able to juggle many different tasks at once, so time management and organization are essential.

If you’re a fan of color-coordinated binders, diaries, and post-it notes, this could be your perfect career.


Whether you’re a scientist or a mathematician, a writer or an organizer, there are certain careers which are absolutely perfect for perfectionists.

A keen eye for detail and the ability to spot a mistake from a mile off are traits that some employers will snap up in an instant.

Published by Christine Blythe

Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.