“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir
If the quote above from famous wilderness author and explorer John Muir resonates with you, you might be destined for a career that allows you to spend the majority of your workday outside. In the following post, well outline the top six best jobs for people who love the outdoors.
If you love animals just as much as you love the outdoors, a career as a zookeeper is a good option for you. Working at a local zoo will give you plenty of time to interact with animals and spend time outdoors breathing in fresh air.
Typical Job Duties: As a zookeeper, you will have a wide range of responsibilities that include taking care of and feeding animals, interacting and educating the public, and possibly managing other team members.
Average Salary: According to Payscale.com, zookeepers in the 25th-75th percentile have a salary range from $21,071-$31,384 per year.
Job Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of animal care and service workers is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.”
If you enjoy long walks through parks and other nature areas, you might want to consider developing a career as a park ranger. Many park rangers spend the majority of their time outdoors, and some even live onsite. As a park ranger, you’ll typically work for the federal, state, or local government.
Typical Job Duties: As a park ranger, you’ll be in charge of protecting and supervising a particular outdoor area. You’ll likely also be responsible for educating the public, giving park tours, and managing a visitor center.
Average Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the average salary of a federal forestry worker was $71,558 as of 2009, although the median annual wage was $53,750 in 2008.”
Job Outlook: Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is expected to increase 5 percent from 2010 to 2020
If you have a love for plants or gardens, you might be destined for a career as a botanist. Botanists work with plants, trees, and other microorganisms. They also typically have some sort of educational background in biology.
Typical Job Duties: As a botanist, you will have responsibilities that directly relate to your area of expertise. Some botanists, for example, work to integrate plant life into cosmetics. Others work for organic farms.
Average Salary: According to jobs.aol.com, the average salary for a botanist is $67,777 annually.
Job Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of botanists is projected to grow by 7 percent from 2010 to 2020.
If you enjoy the outdoors but are looking for a little more adventure, you might want to consider looking into becoming a forest firefighter. According to education-portal.com, “forest and wildland firefighters work for state or federal government agencies like the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior.”
Typical Job Duties: As a forest firefighter, it will be your responsibility to extinguish, control and contain wildfires.
Average Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “those working for federal government agencies, including forest and wildland firefighters, made an average of $48,150 per year.”
Job Outlook: Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 9 percent, slower than the average for all occupations.
If you are creative, you like using computers, but wouldn’t mind getting outside regularly, a career as a landscape architect is the perfect option for you.
Typical Job Duties: As a landscape architect, it will be your job to design and develop plans for properties, consult with clients, environmental experts, and surveyors, and see projects through to completion.
Average Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of landscape architects was $62,090 in May 2010.
Job Outlook: Employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Outdoor or Wildlife Photographer
Do you love taking pictures, especially when you’re outside? You might be suited for a career as an outdoor or wildlife photographer. Outdoor photographers typically work for themselves, for local or national magazines and websites, or for other organizations (nature centers, museums, etc.).
Typical Job Duties: As an outdoor or wildlife photographer, your job will be to capture and produce live shots of landscapes, wildlife, and other scenery.
Average Salary: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median the median annual wage of photographers in 2008 was $29,440.
Job Outlook: Employment of photographers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020
Do you have a career that allows you to work outdoors? What do you like about your career, and what advice would you give to students interested in pursuing outdoor careers? Leave a comment below!