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.

Based on the most recent data from O*Net, an occupational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the following is a look at the 10 best jobs for independent people.

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.


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