The Best Jobs for Independent People
The Best Jobs for Independent People

By Nick Selbe

The simple things that can make you look bad to potential employers.

If you've had even a little bit of work experience, odds are you've had to endure a less-than-ideal boss. Even if there's nothing wrong with a superior's managing style, many would rather not have to deal with daily supervision during their working hours.

With this in mind, CareerTrends -- part of the Graphiq network -- found the 10 best jobs for independent people. We used the most recent data from O*Net, an occupational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, to make our occupations selections.

O*Net assigns scores in various categories for each occupation based on the results to survey questions sent out to employers. For this list, we focused on the responses to the following survey question: "Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done." The answers were scored on a scale from 1 to 5, and we're calling each occupation's score on this response the "Independence Score." All salary, employment and job description data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of the best jobs for independent people are in the education field -- most professors have a good amount of latitude to set their own curriculum and go about their day-to-day duties with little interference. All 10 occupations scored above a 4.7 out of 5 on the O*Net survey question.

Note: In the event of ties, the job with the highest annual salary was ranked highest on the list.

 

10. Patient Representatives

 

Independence Score: 4.74

Employment: 2.60 million
Annual salary: $34,560
Job description: Assist patients in obtaining services, understanding policies and making health care decisions.

 

9. Hunters and Trappers

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Independence Score: 4.78

Employment: Not available
Annual salary: Not available
Job description: Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait or other purposes.

Note: This occupation is tied with law professors.

 

8. Law Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.78

Employment: 16,430
Annual salary: $126,230
Job description: Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

 

7. Environmental Science Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.79

Employment: 5,540
Annual salary: $88,570
Job description: Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

 

6. Vending Machine Servicers

 

Independence Score: 4.8

Employment: 32,250
Annual salary: $34,260
Job description: Install, service, adjust or repair coin, vending or amusement machines. This includes video games, juke boxes, pinball machines or slot machines.

 

5. Anthropology and Archeology Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.86

Employment: 6,000
Annual salary: $85,440
Job description: Teach courses in anthropology or archeology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Note: This occupation is tied with business professors and physics professors.

 

4. Business Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.86

Employment: 84,890
Annual salary: $92,220
Job description: Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research.

 

3. Physics Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.86

Employment: 14,310
Annual salary: $93,950
Job description: Teach courses pertaining to the laws of matter and energy. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

 

2. Fitness Studies Professors

 

Independence Score: 4.89

Employment: 17,980
Annual salary: $66,090
Job description: Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management.

 

1. Private Household Cooks

 

Independence Score: 4.93

Employment: 380
Annual salary: $37,680
Job description: Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

 

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