Careers for People Who Like to Work Alone

There are a number of different career possibilities that are well-suited for individuals who enjoy working alone. These options are available in a wide number of fields and require varying levels of education.

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Career Options for People Who Like to Work Alone

For individuals who find that they enjoy working by themselves rather than on teams or in groups of other people, they may be happy to know that there are a wide variety of career choices that primarily involve working alone. These jobs are available in a large number of fields and industries, so making a choice will likely depend on an individual's personal interests and educational background. We will look at a few of these career possibilities that involve working alone in greater detail below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Film and Video Editor $62,760 18%
Web Developer $66,130 27%
Photographer $34,070 3%
Actuary $100,610 18%
Technical Writer $69,850 10%
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Driver $41,340 5%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Film and Video Editor

As a film and video editor, your primary responsibility is using editing software to take raw footage and, based off of the story line and the director's instructions, arrange and shape it into a finished product, like an advertisement or film. While some editors may have assistants depending on the size and budget of the project, most of them do their work alone in editing rooms or offices after the filming has been completed. To become a film and video editor, you will usually need a bachelor's degree in a field like communications or film studies.

Web Developer

Web developers are responsible for creating and designing websites for clients and companies, which can include both the construction of the back-end of the website (in other words, the operational side of the website) as well as the website's overall design and layout. While you will need to consult with clients in order to understand their vision, building the website itself can be done entirely alone and does not necessitate any collaboration depending on your skill set as a web developer. To become a web developer, you will need to know how to program and design and will usually need at least an associate's degree, though work can be found with only a high school diploma.


Photographers are often employed to capture significant events, like weddings or corporate meetings, or they may be hired to travel to various locations to cover events and stories through photography. These creative professionals generally work by themselves, and over half of them are self-employed. No specific education is required in order to become a photographer, as talent and skill are the most important tools for success in this field. However, photography courses may help in developing those traits and can be found at colleges and technical institutes.


Actuaries typically work in fields like finance, accounting, and insurance and are responsible for working with statistical data to determine the likelihood of various events occurring, like a death, an accident at work, or a natural disaster. With this information, you will create insurance policies and plans that businesses and organizations can implement in order to make sure that they are making wise choices regarding risk, while still trying to make as much profit as possible. While actuaries may work on teams with other financial professionals, that may depend on the size of the company and many actuaries may perform the majority of their duties by themselves. To become an actuary, you will need a bachelor's degree in a field like statistics, actuarial science, or mathematics.

Technical Writer

Technical writers are in charge of creating technical written documents, including instruction guides and journal articles, that often include very detailed and technical information. They may work in a specific field like medicine or computer science, depending on their own educational background. Once a technical writer receives their instructions, they are able to do the majority of the work alone, as writing is in general a solitary activity. To become a technical writer, you will need some sort of bachelor's degree in a field related to writing, and having knowledge of technical subjects like computer science or engineering is very helpful.

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Driver

As a heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver, you will be driving large trucks very long distances, often across the country, in order to transport various types of goods from one place to another. This job involves spending hours alone in the cab of the truck, so it may be a good choice for someone who enjoys driving and doesn't mind doing so by themselves. To become a heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver, you will need a high school diploma, you must attend a professional truck-driving school, and you must obtain your commercial driver's license.

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