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7 Jobs That Offer a High Degree of Independence

The Spirit of America


Ever since July 4, 1776, Americans have been a fiercely independent people.

For many of us, that sentiment carries over into our careers -- we want the freedom to decide for ourselves when and where we do our work.

In the spirit of independence, let’s look at seven careers that offer a high degree of autonomy.

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers use software to create graphics for websites and marketing materials, such as posters and brochures.

They work independently to create content that is both aesthetically pleasing and communicates a specific message on behalf of an organization.

Average salary: $50,710 per year


Accounts interpret and analyze an organization’s financial data to assess business plans, create reports and make projections about future trends. They must also maintain accurate documentation for tax purposes.

With access to any necessary files and reports, accountants can easily complete their work remotely.

Average salary: $77,250 per year


Are you good at taking pictures? You may want to consider photography as a career. Commercial photographers take photos of products or people to help companies achieve their business or marketing goals.

Although they do communicate with clients to make arrangements for their photo shoots, photographers typically complete their work independently.

Average salary: $38,950 per year

Software Developer

Software developers write the code needed to design computer programs or applications. They also must test the software to make sure their programs are functional.

Although part of the job entails regular communication with computer programmers, software developers often work alone when developing their product.

Average salary: $110,140 per year

Data Entry Clerk

If you’re looking for an entry-level position that offers autonomy, a data entry clerk job could fit the bill. These clerks input data using spreadsheets and databases to keep company information organized and accurate.

Most data entry clerks can complete their work remotely and alone with the appropriate software.

Average salary: $35,940 per year

Research Scientist

Research scientists perform experiments in a controlled laboratory setting in order to record data and analyze key findings. They document their work, test their hypotheses, prepare reports and share their research with others in their field.

Although collaboration with colleagues is important, much of their research is conducted independently.

Average salary: $94,430 per year

Post-Secondary Teacher

If you have a particular area of expertise that you’re passionate about, you might consider becoming a post-secondary teacher.

These college-level educators instruct students in a variety of academic subjects.

They may also conduct research and publish scholarly books and papers.

Although they must follow guidelines like all educators, post-secondary instructors are generally allowed more freedom in how they teach and what they choose to research.

Outside of classes, meetings, and office hours, they can usually come and go as they please.

Average salary: $79,640 per year




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