Best Outdoor Careers That Pay Well

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  1. Ship Pilots


  2. They command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
    Once a year
    Once a month
    Once a week
    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$82380
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  3. Nursery and Greenhouse Managers


  4. They plan, organize, direct, control, and coordinate activities of workers engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting horticultural specialties, such as trees, shrubs, flowers, mushrooms, and other plants.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Once a week
    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Entrepreneur
    Average salary:$79940
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  5. Farm and Ranch Managers


  6. They plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, financial, or marketing activities.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
    Once a year
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    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Entrepreneur
    Average salary:$79940
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  7. Aquacultural Managers


  8. They direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in fish hatchery production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.


    Time spend outdoors:
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    Suitable personality:The Entrepreneur
    Average salary:$79940
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  9. Ship Engineers


  10. They supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
    Once a year
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    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$75710
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  11. Gas Plant Operators


  12. They distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$71470
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  13. Petroleum Pump System Operators


  14. They operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$70630
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  15. Surveyors


  16. They make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$66440
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  17. Park Naturalists


  18. They plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.


    Time spend outdoors:
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    Suitable personality:The Helper
    Average salary:$65320
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  19. Fire Investigators


  20. They conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.


    Time spend outdoors:
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$64140
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  21. Construction and Building Inspectors


  22. They inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.


    Time spend outdoors:
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$63150
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  23. Commercial Divers


  24. They work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
    Once a year
    Once a month
    Once a week
    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$59470
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  25. Fish and Game Wardens


  26. They patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$59260
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
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  27. Telecom Technicians


  28. They install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.


    Time spend outdoors:
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    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$59000
    Job satisfaction:
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    Job growth:
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  29. Airfield Operations Specialists


  30. They ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Entrepreneur
    Average salary:$56760
    Job satisfaction:
    Very Low
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    Job growth:
    Declining
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  31. Forest Fire Inspectors


  32. They enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.


    Time spend outdoors:
    Never
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    Every day
    Suitable personality:The Builder
    Average salary:$49610
    Job satisfaction:
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    Job growth:
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