Although many people dream of getting a job in a quiet, climate-controlled office, far away from the harsh conditions outside. Some people love the outdoors so much that they would do anything to avoid being forced to sit in an office for eight hours plus, five to six days a week.
Some people identify so closely with the outdoors that they look for jobs that allow them to be outdoors for the majority of the day. Luckily there are a plethora of professions that don’t require you to step foot (or boot) indoors for the entire day. Even if you currently work in an office, even if you like it, you might want to take a look at this list, because there are countless mental and physical benefits to being and working outside. Here are some the top ten jobs for people that love the outdoors.
Average Salary: £19,853
Discovering what’s left behind by the ancient world, encompasses a profound level of discipline and historical understanding, once this is mastered, archaeologists explore the world, attending excursions and discovering landscapes that many others will probably never see. Archaeology is a largely academic field of work, this means that although you will spend a larger than normal amount of time outdoors, you will also be required to publish the results of your findings in academic journals. Specialisations within archaeology can increase your employability and expertise some of these are:
- Underwater Archeology
- Ethnoarchaeology – Egyptology, African Archeology, Archeology of the Americas and Meso-American
- Taphonomy – this field studies decay or how artefacts break down over time and due to conditions.
- Medieval Archeology – This covers the period between the Fall of Roman Empire until the seventeenth century.
Average Salary: £20,010
Of course photography, much like any art form has multiple disciplines and iterations, but within these there are types that will allow you to spend the majority of your time outside. Nature photographers, documentary photographers and wildlife photographers spend most of their time outdoors and only return to their studios to edit, process and of course select their best images. The job can involve both working within the publishing industry and independently as a freelance photographer. Not only will you be outside but once established your job might send you to exotic locations, remote environments and other fantastic locales.
8. Organic Farmer
Average Salary: £23,357
Although the website Payscale doesn’t specifically mention organic farmers agricultural workers in the UK actually make a competitive salary, just a little under the national average of 27,195 GBP. The quintessential outdoor job, farming is touted as the reason why tribal humans organised (or succeed) into society. It could be argued that organic farmers are the evolution of “mass production” farming. By technically devolving, instead of using pesticides and other chemicals to increase yield, they use completely natural methods to cultivate their crops. Not only is this more environmentally friendly but it’s safer for both the agricultural workers and consumers. Organic produce and other farm products are also extremely popular today.
7. Landscape Architect
Average Salary: £25,906
The role as a landscape architect includes designing anything from gardens to car parks, a great way to use your skills in the outdoors across varied environments. In the role, you will have to take into consideration the use space, aesthetics and even the hardiness of plants and materials implemented. Not only will you work outdoors but this is also a creative job and gives you the possibility of being self-employed. If you have ever spent a pleasant afternoon in a beautifully curated park, then you are familiar with the work of a landscape architect.
Average Salary: £28,500
The study of plant life and the environment brings botanists into immediate contact with the earth’s soil throughout their working day. Botanists have very a unique and detailed hands-on experience working with plant life, medicines and cosmetics. Although many individuals specialise in Botany working in industry, most people in the field are employed in academia. Depending on your position, most of your job might involve classifying new plant species or cataloguing plant life in specific locations.
5. Wildland Firefighter
Average Salary: £29,000
This potentially dangerous job is quite unlike a traditional firefighter in the sense that they need to do whatever it takes to fight forest blazes. It involves first aid administration, physical stamina, practical skills and a high level of personal braveness. You must also be an adept survivalist in case you become stranded. The great thing is that not only are you working outdoors, but you are also helping protect the outdoors since sometimes wildland firefighters also are charged with surveying forested areas for smoke and fires.
Average Salary: £29,993
Simply put, working with and studying different species of animals in their natural habitats; a wildlife biologist works to conserve and protect a range of endangered animals. Much like Botany (which in academic technicality falls within Biology), Biology is also separated into multiple subcategories. These include: marine, evolutionary, mycology (the study of fungi), ichthyology and of course Zoology. Most career paths follow the academic path but there are certain branches of biology that are more industry “friendly” like mycology in the mushroom cultivation industry or ichthyology in fish farming.
3. Turf Manager
Average Salary: £17,000 to £48,000
Bringing sports and agriculture together this career sees the turf experts laying the paths for many sporting venues across the world. It also incorporates a significant element of travel. Also known as a groundskeeper or grounds person, these professionals are highly valued (and in turn highly compensated) especially for sports arenas and venues where the quality of turf must be very well maintained. They can also be employed on public grounds, historic landmarks or people that have large estates. This is why there is a huge disparity in the average salaries.
Average Salary: £33,275
In the constant search to identify with the world’s complicated processes and history, geologists strive to uncover the different components which collectively piece together the hard facts which culminate the science-driven sector. This professional of all the ones on this list, arguably has the most earning power, due to the fact that geologist are frequently employed in the petroleum industry. They can also be employed to survey an area before large-scale construction or mining projects or even infrastructure.
1. Athletic Trainer
Average Salary: £13,682 - £63,078 (variable)
These individuals leave their office desks behind as they venture out into the sporting world to help guide new talent to reach their goals. Crossing landscapes and experiencing the great outdoors comes in as just a normal day in the office. Many Athletic or personal trainers invest in a second skill, such as sports nutrition or weight loss management. The segment of the profession that will allow you to spend the most time outdoors is training professional athletes, which will primarily take place on sports and track fields.
Although training professional athletes can be extremely lucrative it is also highly competitive and in most cases requires prior experience as a professional athlete. An alternative to training personal athletes is becoming a personal trainer which will allow you to work either independently (as a freelancer essentially) or develop a relationship with a gym that will allow you to develop a roster of clients. Usually, gyms will have an agreement with personal trainers where they pay a fee or percentage of their income in exchange for the use of the gym’s facilities.
Should you be an outdoors kind of person, these are just some of the common career paths you can follow. With the lower end salaries on the list coming in at approximately nearly £20,000, the majority of the roles not only provide you with a job in nature, but they pay quite well too.
Do you love nature and have a better job than the ones mentioned above? Update our list in the comments below!