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Outdoor Jobs

Who wants to be stuck in an office job every day from nine in the morning to five at night? Then again, who wants to be on the road traveling extensively or working in a trade getting your hands dirty?
There are obviously diverse people suited for various jobs, whether they're indoors or outdoors. If you’ve ever thought that you should pursue outdoor jobs, you’re definitely not alone.

Why are some people more suited for outdoor jobs as opposed to office or indoor jobs? Well, depending on what you study, many people just don't have a choice. If you specialize in a trade, you're spending most of your time at various locations in the field. And if you’ve studied economics or accounting, you're most likely going to be in an office environment.

If you’re sick of the office culture and chomping at the bit to get one of those seemingly unattainable outdoor jobs, you’ll be happy to know that transferring your office skills to the great outdoors is easier than you think. Whether you’re in IT or sales, trading your desktop computer for a laptop can be easily attainable.

To open your mind about the possibilities of outdoor jobs, here are some examples of careers that can be moved outside.

Real estate agent to house flipper

One of the bonuses about working outdoor jobs is that in certain careers you can work around your own schedule and make your own hours. You can set up your own meetings and work on a schedule that allows you to get the job done. A house flipper, as he moves from contractor to supplier to the job site, is the perfect example of this sort of flexibility.

By working in the real estate industry, you have already gained a lot of the skills and knowledge needed to become a house flipper. You have the ins and outs of the industry and are an expert at finalizing the deal. You have the certification and knowledge of taking care of the paperwork yourself when purchasing a home. You know when the market is hot or cold, and which areas would be the best to invest in. The most essential piece left is the financial backing, and if you have good credit and collateral, you have a good chance of being approved for a loan.

Male nurse to paramedic

One of the most exciting and fulfilling outdoor jobs out there is perhaps as a paramedic. It’s actually not as easy as one might think to get into this field, but if you have experience as a male nurse, then you definitely have an upper hand. You already have the skills and experience in the medical industry and the only essential requirement left is probably an EMS or Paramedic Certification. This can be usually attained with a two-year college degree.

The one negative aspect of having a career in the field as a paramedic is that the hours are sometimes long and rarely consistent. The 9-to-5 stigma usually associated with an office job is nonexistent in this career. As a paramedic, you are usually on the road and alternating between night, day, weekends, holidays, and on-call shifts. On the bright side, however, think about the thrill of rushing through traffic to perhaps save someone’s life.

IT to Geek Squad

Who ever said that working in IT has to be in an office has obviously never been to Best Buy. With the advent of technology over the years, more and more people require the services of an onsite IT expert. The best example of this would be Best Buy’s Geek Squad.

Best Buy’s field experts go from one location to another, from businesses to personal households, fixing computers and electronics. If you are currently working in IT, it’s an easy transition to join a Geek Squad. You already have all the skills required in terms of your computer knowledge, now it’s time to transition those skills outside.

Sales to outside sales

Of all the other careers listed, sales is probably the easiest to transition from inside to outside. If you’re working in inside sales, you’ve already gained most of the skills necessary. The main difference is that as an outside sales rep, you will most likely travel from one location to another.

You obviously need to know your products and services and have good time-management skills. Also, two of the more important traits to have as an outside sales rep are a good personality and an attractive appearance. If you’re really looking for more thrills, try outside sales to provide more excitement in your career.


It’s never an easy decision to change careers, let alone a job within the same industry. If you are yearning for a change and are tired of sitting at a desk all day, there are plenty of options. It’s always going to be hard to land a dream job, but if you are seriously looking for a little more excitement, consider moving it outside and reap the benefits of a more fulfilling career.

by Jason Ferreira

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