Selecting a career is never easy. There is an overwhelming desire to make lots of money, but also to pinpoint an interest that is a passion. This may be particularly true for students that love to do anything outdoors. However, more careers keep you outdoors than you may realize. Here are just a few.
1. Organic Farming
Farming may be on the decline, but organic farming is on the incline. More and more markets, restaurants and chefs are searching the country for food that has not been tainted with weedkillers and chemical fertilizers. No degree is required to grow your crops. However, learning the basics of soil testing, pH factors and climate control are important to learn. Working with soil and plants can be a dream come true for those that hesitate to enter corporate America. Basic accounting is needed for planning new crops and marketing skills help in approaching new clients. Expansion is always there with a variety of vegetables and fruits.
2. Landscaping Specialist
Working with your hands to create a beautiful back yard, retaining wall or plants and flowers, is one of the most rewarding ways of working outside and having the satisfaction of creating something from nothing. Even if it is just mowing or spraying for weeds, the result can make you feel alive and fulfilled. Landscaping can also lead to other types of soil-related careers.
If you love the outdoors, begin with something that you cherish. Trees, soil, water, animals or the environment are all subjects just waiting to be explored. Having a passion for the outside does not always require further education. However, when your passion for the earth is embedded in your soul, the study will not seem like work at all.
3. Solar Power and Wind Turbine Service Technician
Alternative power is in cresting the need for young people to enter this field. Being familiar with green energy and how it works can provide a very well-paying job in an outdoor installation position. Many manufacturers provide training for entering these fields and also give incentives for future advancement. Outdoor work, very little education and a desire to share alternative energy with others can make this a great job for young people.
4. Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife attracts almost every person at some point in their lives. Everything from tracking animals to studying behavioural habits or protecting an endangered species, a wildlife biologist can have a lot on their plate. This type of position does require an advanced Master’s Degree in wildlife biology or zoology. The coolest part is that you get to watch and interact in the daily lives of wild animals to better understand their characteristics and interactions with other species.
5. Recycling Coordinator
Recycling has become a big business in the past 20 years. Everything from negotiating contracts to transportation requires coordination and efficiency. A Bachelor’s degree in the environment, management, education or waste management are often expected but not always required. It is not enough to have a passion for environmental clean-up.
Communication with communities, working with schedules and employees can often feel like having a business of your own. However, the results at the end of the day can make a recycling coordinator feel rewarded by making a huge impact on the environment.
There are many areas of botany that can branch off of having a degree in botany. Plants offer so many wonderful assets to human life that the choices can be overwhelming. Uncovering new species, using plants for medicine and cooking or creating art are a few ways that a botanist can work with their love of plants. Starting as a botanist can also lead to other areas of study. The chemical make-up of plants, planting and growing, and sustaining human life may require more schooling to understand the incredible benefits of plants.
7. Landscape Architect
Studying to become a landscape architect takes years of study and determination. Approximately five years are required to receive a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) degree. This type of career only keeps you outside part of the time. Research, planning, and budgets are done in an office environment. The change of pace may be exactly what you are searching for in diversity. A love for natural beauty and a flair for bringing an aesthetic appeal to rooftops, building sites and restoring balance to ecosystems are all duties that are required of landscape architects.