Sedentary jobs may be contributing factors to things like obesity and the rise in complaints of unhappiness and job dissatisfaction among office workers. People everywhere are rejecting the desk and cubicle lifestyle and choosing more active professions. The wonderful news is that you don’t have to sacrifice great pay, benefits, and security to do it.
While many of the no-desk-required jobs with the highest pay belong to the medical professions, including everything from surgeon to surgical nurse, these careers may require more years of education and training than you had in mind.
Instead, here are seven jobs that pay well and don’t require you to be chained to a desk five days a week for the rest of your life.
Desks and cubicles are a major component of daily working life for millions of people. But if the thought of sitting and staring all day at a computer screen, surrounded by others who are doing the same thing makes you cringe, you’re not alone.
Careers in the food service industry are notoriously active. If you aspire to be a chef, a baker, or any number of kitchen professionals, you can expect to be on your feet and moving around a lot.
If working in a fast-paced restaurant kitchen doesn’t appeal to you, chefs also work on cruise ships, in hospitals, as caterers, and in hotels and resorts, just to name a few. Personal chefs make excellent salaries and never have to step inside a hectic restaurant kitchen.
If you’ve ever thrown a party and had everyone raving about how much fun it was, you may be well suited to a career as an event planner. You can be sure you won’t be spending too much time locked behind a desk. Planners are highly creative types with a knack for organization.
Event planners plan more than birthday parties and weddings, they handle all the details for everything from luxury fundraising galas and corporate conferences to sporting events and Hollywood premieres. They can even work as personal concierges to celebrities and other VIPs.
You will have to search far and wide to find another profession more suited to high-energy go-getting types than sales. Successful salespeople can command very high salaries because the pay is often based on performance in the form of commissions.
Salespeople can also go by the job title Account Executive or outside sales. Very often, there can be travel involved – anything from local to worldwide travel.
Careers in the construction industry are surprisingly varied and can involve working outside in all types of weather conditions. This makes it a perfect career choice for people who enjoy physically active jobs. Injuries are certainly a possibility, however, which can be expected whenever there are tools and heavy equipment involved.
Careers of this variety can range from roofers and bricklayers to plumbers, electricians, painters, and landscapers.
While teachers do have a certain amount of desk work to do, their primary function is to teach, which often involves standing in front of a room full of people. Elementary school teachers are required to be very active to keep up with energetic young children.
Police officers and other law enforcement-based occupations are often required to be active, responding to emergency calls, dealing with the public and processing crime scenes, etc. Occupations in this industry can include crime scene analysts, paramedics, and lab technicians.
Other than during take-off and landing, it is rare to see a flight attendant who isn’t active and moving around. The working conditions are generally very favorable, the pay is high, and – a big bonus – you get to travel. Flight attendants who are scheduled on international flights often find themselves with free time to explore countries other than their own. This is ideal for anyone who is a traveler at heart.
Once you’ve decided on your career, the next stage is to find that dream job. Finding your next job is a process of using every job search tool available to you from job boards, to recruiters, to networking with your friends.