Careers For People Who Like Practical and Hands-on Work

Stanley Tan

These careers are suitable to people who like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Your personality type is Realistic if you think the definition above fits your style.

 Career nameAvg Salary
Automotive Engineers87140
Electrical Engineering Technicians60330
Electro-Mechanical Technicians55600
Environmental Engineering Technicians51030
Photonics Technicians63140
Manufacturing Production Technicians63140
Fuel Cell Technicians63140
Nuclear Equipment Operation Technicians75960
Museum Technicians and Conservators44320
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians46040
Broadcast Technicians42310
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians60560
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians32350
Municipal Firefighters48750
Forest Firefighters48750
Fish and Game Wardens53260
Parking Enforcement Workers37750
Security Guards28040
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers20510
Pest Control Workers32850
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers26720
Tree Trimmers and Pruners35150
Animal Trainers32400
Baggage Porters and Bellhops23880
Couriers and Messengers28360
Agricultural Equipment Operators28490
Nursery Workers20820
Crop Farmworkers and Laborers20820
Farmworkers of Farm, Ranch and Aquacultural Animals25160
Fishers and Related Fishing Workers38310
Hunters and Trappers38310
Forest and Conservation Workers29640
Logging Equipment Operators35830
Brickmasons and Blockmasons51500
Construction Carpenters45590
Rough Carpenters45590
Carpet Installers41660
Floor Layers40690
Floor Sanders and Finishers36850
Tile and Marble Setters44160
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers40970
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers43270
Construction Laborers35750
Paving, Surfacing and Tamping Equipment Operators42460
Pile-Driver Operators56200
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators48020
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers43820
Mechanical Insulation Workers50160
Construction and Maintenance Painters39780
Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters54620
Plasterers and Stucco Masons43000
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers54810
Sheet Metal Workers48700
Structural Iron and Steel Workers53140
Helpers of Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons and Tile and Marble Setters31450
Helpers of Carpenters27870
Helpers of Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters28940
Helpers of Roofers27010
Construction and Building Inspectors58430
Elevator Installers and Repairers76490
Fence Erectors33490
Highway Maintenance Workers37910
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators50740
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners37010
Segmental Pavers34750
Oil and Gas Derrick Operators51090
Oil and Gas Rotary Drill Operators61070
Oil, Gas and Mining Service Unit Operators51540
Earth Drillers50790
Continuous Mining Machine Operators48670
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators48900
Quarry Rock Splitters34340
Mining Roof Bolters54880
Oil and Gas Roustabouts37700
Helpers of Extraction Workers36100
Computer, Automated Teller and Office Machine Repairers38450
Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers49880
Radio Mechanics49880
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers54630
Avionics Technicians58460
Electric Motor, Power Tool and Related Repairers41850
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers of Transportation Equipment55430
Electrical and Electronics Repairers of Commercial and Industrial Equipment55610
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers of Motor Vehicles32920
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians58850
Automotive Body and Related Repairers43870
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers34050
Automotive Master Mechanics39980