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10 Jobs for Outdoorsy Types

Alina Dizik, Special to CareerBuilder

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If you're the outdoorsy type, picking a career that gets you away from the cubicle is key. Whether you're roaming the woods as a park ranger or tending to livestock as an organic farmer, doing a job with an outdoor element is an important part of feeling satisfied at work. But don't just reach for any outdoorsy position, consider other elements to figure out the perfect fit (i.e. just because you love the outdoors doesn't mean you'll be a great zookeeper).

Are you a nature lover? Here are 10 jobs worth considering:

1. Archaeologist

Average annual salary: $75,559

Digging and studying what's left behind by the ancient world can sound like a dream job to some. But archeologists must be disciplined and understand that it's rare to have the amazing discoveries shown in Hollywood films. Many spend a great deal of time outdoors at archeological sites. Travel is a big perk.

2. Zookeeper

Average annual salary: $33,327

Working to maintain the indoor and outdoor environments of zoos, zookeepers get plenty of time to connect with nature and the animals. Getting time to interact with and take care of the animals, many of which are endangered, is another rewarding part of the job.

3. Geologist

Average annual salary: $80,527

By studying the different components of the Earth, geologists often strive to understand its complicated history and processes. Both the liquid and solid matter are studied, so geologists travel often and conduct research from a host of remote locations. Geologists need a thorough understanding of science and boast advanced degrees.

4. Fish and game warden

Average annual salary: $56,567

Patrolling natural areas like lakes, rivers and wetlands, fish and game wardens spend a larger part of their day making sure state and local hunting and fishing codes are being enforced. Most of the workday is spent outside so the wardens have a substantial amount of time to connect with their natural surroundings.

5. Wildlife biologist

Average annual salary: $41,502

Studying wild animals, biologists often help in efforts to conserve and protect the wildlife. Biologists work with state and federal agencies to facilitate an understanding of wild animals and their habitats. Wildlife biologists have some of the most important roles in preserving endangered animals.

6. Botanist

Average annual salary: $67,777

Studying plant life and the environment, botanists work on a variety of initiatives and have the opportunity to learn about the most detailed aspects of the outdoors. Some botanists work with integrating plant life into medicine or cosmetics.

7. Park ranger

Average annual salary: $22,203

Patrolling state or national parks, park rangers help enforce regulations and keep visitors using the area in an orderly manner. Park rangers are in charge of anything from littering to helping facilitate parking permits so work duties differ each day.

8. Organic farmer

Average annual salary: $35,389

Farming with a sustainable and organic focus, organic farmers are often at the helm of the green movement and have made significant headway when promoting their products. Working in all modes of production and with different crops, farmers spend a significant part of the year tending to crops outdoors or preparing products for delivery.

9. Photographer

Average annual salary: $46,924

Most professional photographers will tell you that there's nothing like natural light in the daytime to enhance their work. Whether they are photographing people, nature or animals many photographers shoot at least part of their work in an outdoor setting.

10. Landscape architect

Average annual salary: $72,402

Whether its designing gardens, rooftops or parks, landscape architects get to put their skills to make use of outdoor areas. With so many outdoor areas and environments to choose from, the profession also appeals to creative types who want to help beautify an unused space.

*Average annual salary from cbsalary.com

Alina Dizik researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder. Follow @Careerbuilder on Twitter



Last Updated: 12/07/2011 - 6:15 PM


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