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Best Self-Employed Jobs

For individuals who are interested in becoming self-employed, they are likely still concerned with making good wages and being able to find work. There are a number of fields in which many workers are self-employed and have the opportunity to make above average wages.

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Career Options for the Best Self-Employed Jobs

Having the ability to be your own boss, set your own hours, and work from a variety of different locations are some of the many appealing aspects of being self-employed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 10% of people were self-employed as of 2015. How successful you are in self-employment depends on a number of factors, but there are some fields that are especially receptive to self-employed workers. We will look at a few careers that combine positive job growth with above-average salaries and that are easily accessible for self-employed workers.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Management Analyst $81,330 14%
Electrician $52,720 14%
Multimedia Artist/Animator $65,300 6%
Web Developer $66,130 27%
Massage Therapist $39,860 22%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for the Best Self-Employed Jobs

Management Analyst

Management analysts are generally hired by organizations and companies that want to increase their efficiency and effectiveness. In order to do this, management consultants must view all the organization's financial data, talk to employees and managers, and look at current practices and procedures in order to develop new and improved ones. As of 2014, about 20% of management analysts were self-employed and these professionals made a median salary of $81,330 in 2016. The field also is expected to grow by 14% between 2014 and 2024. To become a management analyst, you will need a bachelor's degree, though having a master's degree may help with landing jobs.

Electrician

As an electrician, you will often work on building sites to install electrical wiring that provides the facility or building with power, lighting, and electricity. You must be able to read blueprints and building plans in order to know where to install the wiring according to safety regulations and codes. Electricians also are responsible for doing repairs and testing wiring using electrical testing equipment. These professionals made a median salary of $52,720 in 2016 and about 1 in 10 electricians were self-employed in 2014. By 2024, the electrician field should experience 14% growth. In order to become an electrician, you will either attend a trade school or complete a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship program.

Multimedia Artist/Animator

Multimedia artists and animators are creative individuals who use different types of computer programs and software to create various visual effects and animations. Their designs are used in video games, movies, and TV shows. Most of these artists are experts in a certain area, like animation or CGI. As of 2014, over half of these professionals were self-employed and the field was expected to grow by 6% by 2024. The median salary for a multimedia artist or animator in 2016 was $65,300. To become one of these professionals, you will need a bachelor's degree in a field like computer graphics or art.

Web Developer

Web developers work with clients and business to create websites for them. There are two main types of web developers: back-end and front-end. Back-end developers are in charge of building the technical part of the website while front-end developers are responsible for the design aspect of the website and making it looking how the client wants it to. In 2014, one in seven web developers were self-employed and they made a median salary of $66,130 in 2016. Until 2014, this field is expected to grow by 27%. Obtaining an associate's degree in web design is necessary to become a web developer.

Massage Therapist

As a massage therapist, you work with clients who are experiencing body pain or who are in need of relaxation. You must be trained in human anatomy to know how to properly massage muscles and release tension. Typically, massage therapists work with clients at the beginning of their session to understand their needs and talk about what kind of massage they want. In 2014, around half of massage therapists were self-employed. As of 2016, the median salary for these individuals was $39,860 and the field was expected to experience 22% growth between 2014 and 2024. Massage therapists must complete a massage therapy program in accordance with their state regulations.

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