For working Americans that have office jobs, it may be difficult on sunny summer days to feel like they are missing out being stuck inside. But many do not realize the jobs options they have that allow them to work outside. If you are looking to change careers, are currently out of work, or craving some major Vitamin D and other benefits that sunshine has to offer, check out some of these popular jobs that allow you to spend a large amount of time outdoors.
If you often daydream about climbing trees in the great outdoors, this job could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Arborists spend a lot of their workdays trimming, removing, and caring for trees. Their job is very important to the health and safety of the environment. It’s possible to become an arborist with only a high school diploma and certification, but these days many employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in a field such as horticulture or forestry. The average salary for arborists is about $42,000 per year.
2) Vineyard Manager
As a vineyard manager, you supervise the outdoor operations of a vineyard, where grapes are grown and turned into wine. You must have a background in agriculture, and a lot of knowledge about soil, fertilization and farming equipment. The job may also involve leading vineyard tours in the summer. In the winter, you will spend time indoors making delicious wine with your expertly-grown grapes. To become a vineyard manager, you will need a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field of study. The average salary for vineyard managers is pretty impressive, ranging from $81,000 to $89,000 annually.
3) Pest Management Technician
With a pest management technician job, you will spend time both indoors and outdoors, removing unwanted pests (like bedbugs, cockroaches and wasps) from inside and around building and homes. You must be able to easily identify different types of pests, and be comfortable using chemicals needed to remove them and prevent them from coming back. This job requires only a high school diploma, and the average salary for pest management technicians is about $30,000 annually.
4) Recreation Worker
If you are a people person and love the outdoors, you should look into getting a job as a recreation worker. The job involves mostly creating and leading groups in activities such as sports, music, camping and artistic activities. You can choose from a range of places to work, as well as different age groups to work with. Some of these options include schools, nursing homes and cruise ships. If you are looking for a seasonal job this is an excellent option, since many of these jobs end after the summer season, or after the school year, depending on where you work. This job only requires a high school diploma, and the average salary is about $23,000 annually.
5) Environmental Scientist
If you have a passion for our planets and want to make a difference while spending a lot of time outdoors, becoming an environmental scientist may be the perfect career path for you. Environmental scientists help identify problems in the environment by collecting data and monitoring environmental conditions such as climate, soil, animal behavior, etc. Then, they work towards solving the problems of our planet. Environmental scientists need a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field of study. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for this job is about $67,000 annually, and the projected job growth was predicted to be 11% between 2014 and 2024, which is above average.
Author: Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody, a native of Fairfield County, Connecticut, has a background in online marketing and public relations. Currently, she works at VHMNetwork LLC in the role of Marketing Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is also an avid runner with a passion for the outdoors.