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5 Jobs for People Who Have Submissive Personality Traits

When it comes to the workplace, some people are meant to lead, and some people are meant to follow. As for those who are meant to follow, they can be characterized as individuals who prefer to submit themselves to the orders of those positioned above them. It gives them a sense of guidance that compliments their meekly obedient and passive attitude. We are not at all implying that people with submissive personalities are weak-minded, yet they are the ones that focus on dedicating themselves to objectives that don’t highly interest those with authoritative personalities.

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With so much craze for power and money present in the world, it’s useful to have people counteracting the motives of those strongly seeking to dominate. With that said, below is a list of five jobs fit for those with submissive personality traits. They are not the best paying or the most entertaining jobs, but they can effectively allow workers to build useful skills of service that display mindfulness tied to the needs of others. Also, one doesn’t have to spend tons of money on formal education to qualify for the jobs; they also make for good part-time work.

1. Housekeeper

Maid in Manhattan
Maid in Manhattan

I don’t know what other movie made being a housekeeper look more rewarding than Maid in Manhattan, featuring Jennifer Lopez. It is a modern Cinderella story (without the ugly, mean step-sisters), so, if you like a good rags-to-riches storyline, then this movie is fit for you. Ladies, if you were offered a job as a housekeeper that was guaranteed to allow you to cross paths and fall in love with a respectful, wealthy, and attractive guy, would you take the job? I definitely would!

Anyways, becoming a real housekeeper probably won’t be as glamorous, but if you’re a neat freak who loves cleaning regularly, then go for it. As a housekeeper, one is typically responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and neatness of living, work, and leisure areas. Changing dirty bed sheets and towels, washing a bunch of clothes, scrubbing toilets, and mopping sticky floors, among other things, are at the core of housekeeping. Additional work includes performing errands like grocery shopping and getting clothes dry-cleaned. Work environments consist of homes and commercial establishments (e.g. hotels and nursing facilities).

Yet, I’m sure you knew most, if not all of that about housekeeping. Also, you probably knew that housekeepers require no formal training and receive their credentials while on the job. Yet there are some things you most likely don’t know, such as annual earnings and employment prospects. The median annual wage for housekeepers in 2012 was $19,570. One can expect to earn between $16,000 and $35,000 yearly with this job. The job outlook for housekeepers suggests a growth of 13 percent between 2012 and 2022.

If you pursue this job, you should keep in mind that you most likely won’t feel like having a dance session like the ladies pictured above after work shifts because this job is physically demanding.

2. Secretary

Devil Wears Prada
Devil Wears Prada

If you’ve seen The Devil Wears Prada already (featuring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway), you know how crazy Meryl’s character was in the movie. Her endless demands kept Anne’s character on her toes trying to please her. It left me wondering how many of us could stand the test of keeping a secretary job while working under a high fashion devil...I mean diva. Luckily, Anne’s character didn’t completely lose her mind. If you’re not afraid to subject yourself to the personal commands of a bossy person, then being a secretary may be a suitable job for you. Yet if you take such a job that requires you to give your boss foot massages every day or destress your boss’s cat by singing to it, you should probably go elsewhere.

On the other hand, what most secretaries do involve tasks like answering phone calls, scheduling appointments and updating event calendars, drafting memos, maintaining filing systems, and bookkeeping. To become a secretary, one typically needs a minimum of a high school diploma as well as basic office, computer, and English grammar skills for entry-level positions. You can gain those skills at a technical school or community college.

In 2012, the median annual wage for secretaries was $35,330. One can expect to earn between $20,000 and $60,000 annually by pursuing this job. The job outlook for secretaries suggests a growth of 12 percent between 2012 and 2022. Similar occupations include accountants, medical transcriptionists, and virtual assistants.   

3. Food Server

Do you think you are capable of successfully preparing 524 first-class recipes within 365 days, in a tiny apartment kitchen? For Amy Adam’s character in Julie & Julia, taking on the challenge proved to be a useful way to relieve stress and develop her cooking talents. Who couldn’t relax after a stressful day at work with some nicely prepared soufflé? If you’re like me when it comes to cooking, then it’s not your area of expertise. Whipping up delicious, fancy meals like celebrity chef Julia Child may not be a career path of your interest.

Yet if you’d like to work in a food-based setting and love socializing with people, then being a food server could work for you. I’m sure you know what a typical food server does, from managing food orders to singing those funny birthday songs to customers on their special day. Work environments include a variety of familiar places like restaurants and hotels. Most food service jobs don’t require a high school diploma but do require short-term training while on the job.

Food service workers earned a median hourly wage of $8.84 during 2012. If this would make a decent part-time job for you, you can expect to earn between $7 and $12 an hour. Employment opportunities are projected to increase 12 percent between 2012 and 2022 for food servers. Similar occupations consist of bartenders and retail sales workers.

If you take on this job, consider blogging about your experience like Amy Adam’s character did in the movie. 

4. Flight Attendant

Catch Me If You Can featuring Leonardo DiCaprio is a humor-filled movie based on a true story. Can you imagine an underage boy persuasively posing as an airline pilot, teaching assistant, doctor, or attorney, in addition to accumulating a bunch of money through bank fraud schemes? Unfortunately, it really isn’t something very hard to imagine these days with all the wacky things happening in the world. Leonardo’s character really did display some impressive skills as a con artist, although I don’t recommend you go down the same path. How many famous con artists later end up on the right side of the law like the real-life Frank Abagnale?

Instead, consider becoming a cheerful flight attendant on a cozy plane. Flight attendants’ duties require them to make sure passengers have a safe and comfortable flight to their desired destinations. They do that by demonstrating the use of safety and emergency equipment along with serving refreshments (and sometimes meals) to plane riders. Also, they clean the cabins between flights and keep essential supplies stocked on board. Most flight attendants work for scheduled airlines, while a small portion work for corporations or chartered flight companies.

In order to earn this job, one must have at least a high school diploma and be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Also, you must have a valid passport and pass a background check. The median annual wage for flight attendants in 2012 was $37,240. One can expect to earn between $20,000 and $70,000 annually. The future outlook for flight attendant jobs suggests a growth of seven percent between 2012 and 2022. Similar occupations are customer service representatives and paramedics.   

5. Home Health Aide

Were you a big fan of Scrubs when it aired on TV between 2001 and 2010? You were probably a really big fan and try to watch reruns of your favorite episodes online. Fun fact #1: real doctors reviewed storylines of the show to make sure they were scientifically accurate, according to the medical world. Fun fact #2: Sacred Heart, the main setting for the show, is a real, abandoned hospital building. Although you can’t enjoy new episodes of this show, you can become a friendly home health aide in some cute scrubs.

As for what they do, that encompasses helping clients with their personal tasks on a daily basis: bathing, getting dressed, laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, grocery shopping, and arranging transportation to appointments, etc. They also provide basic health-related services to clients, such as checking vitals and prescribing medication. Home health aides usually work within clients’ homes through certified home health or hospice agencies. Others work in small group homes and large care communities.

Formal educational requirements are not necessary to become a home health aide. Yet if one chooses to work for a certified agency, formal training must be completed along with passing a standardized test. Home health aides had a 2012 median annual income of $20,820. One can expect to earn between $10,000 and $30,000 each year from this job. The job outlook for this occupation is quite high: a suggested growth of 48 percent between 2012 and 2022. You can thank the aging Baby Boomers for that. Similar occupations comprise of childcare workers and medical assistants.

See Also: Jobs That Have a Bad Reputation for All the Right Reasons

What did you think of the list? Did any of those jobs interest you? What other jobs can you think of that are available to suit submissive personality types? If you are not the submissive type and prefer jobs with higher wages, consider this list of top-paying careers in the U.S. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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