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Four great careers for fiercely independent people

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One of the notable personality traits of someone who is fiercely independent is the desire to work a job where they are not supervised constantly. It’s not necessarily because they have some sort of anti-boss complex either. It’s because they are able to work on their own, do a really good job, and they don’t have to always be watched on the job. Their bosses can trust that they can do whatever is asked of them without a lot of oversight. If this sounds like the type of person that you are and you’re looking to start your career, here are some careers for fiercely independent people.

Become a pilot

Face it, being a pilot is something everyone has probably wanted to become at some point or another during their early ages when everyone was always asking “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and their answers changed pretty much every week. Sure, it’s adventurous, but it definitely takes a lot of independence to handle it. You’ll be in a cockpit either alone or with a copilot and expected to be able to perform the job no matter what conditions you come across. The lives of whoever you’re taking from place to place are literally in your hands. Yet, that shouldn’t phase you, because you’re independent and responsible. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, consider enrolling in an aviation school, like the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College. In such an environment, you’ll learn to become an analytical, creative problem solver.

A job in the field of education

There are great careers for fiercely independent people in the field of education, especially college professors. A good portion of professors get to establish their own curriculum and go without much interference in their day-to-day duties. If you get an advanced education and work at an established university, then you’ll pretty much be given a lot of freedom and authority over your students without much oversight. You’ll lead your students through your courses, take on side projects that benefit the university, and, possibly, prove yourself to be a valuable asset to whichever field you are instructing in. Independent people make for great leaders and there’s no great place for a leader to be in than in education, leading our futures upward.

A career as a detective or private detective

The occupation of detective falls under the ISTP personality type. ISTP stands for introverted, sensing, thinking and perceiving. Because a lot of independent people are introverted, this job is perfect for people who fit that mould. Although you may be placed with a partner, you may also get to work alone. You’ll cover many different types of cases. Some of them may be really exciting and help define you as a person.

Go into business for yourself

To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be fiercely independent. You won’t have a whole company backing you, because you’ll mostly have just yourself and maybe a few employees. Your independence, though, will serve you well as you’ll be able to get out there and just go for it with nobody and nothing to stop you. Risks will come your way, but your independence will tackle that head on. You’ll calculate your decisions and run towards the risks that give you the most hope.

If you’re the type of person who likes to do things on your own or who is capable of getting things done without much help, then one of the above jobs just might be for you.

Do you know of any more careers for fiercely independent people? Tweet us and tell us over at @CareerCamel.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.
Hannah WhittenlyFour great careers for fiercely independent people

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