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Four Solo Careers to Consider


Choosing a career can be difficult, whether you are a military spouse who needs a career field in demand in a lot of locations, or a servicemember planning your transition to civilian life. In addition to your natural talents and interests, as well as the availability of jobs in a certain field, your personality should be taken into consideration when planning your career path.

Do any of the following describe you?

  • Time at the water cooler with colleagues or clients sounds like less of a relaxing break and more like a chore
  • Your idea of a perfect morning includes a cup of coffee, a keyboard and a calculator
  • Spreadsheets and reports > conference rooms and conversation

If one or more of the above have a ring of truth to them for you, then you may want to look for a career that is more conducive to independent work than group collaboration. They’re out there, you just have to know where to find them. Usually, they start with having a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field.

Check out these four options that could offer you the quality alone time you desire.

Accountant

If your idea of heaven on earth is having a good number crunching session or generating (and examining!) reports, you may find your niche in accounting.

The U.S. Department of Labor describes the accountant role as being responsible for preparing tax returns, computing taxes, scrutinizing financial records, and enhancing profits.

Why it’s a good solo career: Although whether it’s a solitary job or not will depend upon the type of accounting, most of the time, accountants are not typically responsible for “team-type” work. They are usually relied upon to conduct their calculations and reviews independently.

What you’ll need: The majority of accountants are required to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. In addition, according to the Department of Labor, some employers have a preference for candidates who hold a master’s degree in accounting or a master’s in business administration with an accounting specialization.

Software Developer or Computer Programmer

Somewhere, there’s a person who designed an application or program that solved everyone’s problem of the day. Could that person be you? If you are that rare breed who is creative, technical, and doesn’t mind being alone with their computer, a career as a software developer might just be your thing.

If you’ve ever wondered how ideas get from brains to our smartphones or computer screens, it’s because of software developers. They’re the ones who design everything from awesome apps to clever computer programs and systems, as described by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Typical duties include designing and testing software to meet the needs of users and upgrading and performing software maintenance.

Why it's a good solo career: The typical duties of a software developer are designing, testing, upgrading and maintaining software to meet specific user needs. Some programmers or developers who work in medium to large sized corporations work with teams of developers. But for the most part, once a project is identified and tasks assigned, each programmer usually works independently on his or her assignment.

What you’ll need: The Department of Labor reports that software developers typically have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or information technology. Some employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree.

Paralegal

Do you have every episode of “The Practice” committed to memory? Is researching the law and writing reports something you enjoy? Maybe you’re a paralegal at heart.

The paralegal’s primary responsibility is to provide lawyers with a wide variety of professional support, from trial preparation, legal research, updating databases and writing reports.

Why it's a good solo career: Although paralegals may need to have meetings with clients and attorneys, a big portion of what they do - research and writing - does not require a lot of personal interaction.

What you’ll need: If you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree in another field, you will want a certificate in paralegal studies to get your foot in the door for most paralegal jobs. Otherwise, you’ll want an associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

Medical Records and Health Information Technician

If you love the idea of working in the medical field but loathe the idea of crowded emergency rooms or muzak-filled offices, a career path to consider is in medical records and health information.

A quiet yet increasingly in-demand field, a medical records and health information technician is responsible for maintaining electronic patient records and organizing clinical databases. As healthcare information systems are now a must-have for many of the larger medical service providers and insurers, there is a growing need for qualified people to set up, maintain and organize these systems.

Why it's a good solo career: Most medical records technicians are part of a larger provider team, but they do the vast majority of their work by themselves in an office or cubicle working with information.

What you’ll need: If this career sounds like it’s right up your alley, you’ll need at least an associate’s degree in health information technology or a medical records and health information certification. Most employers prefer to hire technicians with a professional certification such as the Registered Health Information Technician certificate.

If you like the sound of these, and want to find the degree program that will help you move toward one of these careers, the Military Authority School Finder is a great place to start your search.

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