Best Careers for People Who Like Hands-On Work

Stan T.

Are you someone who likes work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions?

You prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Often people with this personality type do not like careers that involve paperwork or working closely with others.

You are practical, technical and harmonious.

You like practical and hands-on work
You prefer learning by doing instead of studying
You like working with things rather than people
You dislike paperwork and prefer working alone

If the above description fits your personality, here are some of the best careers that suit your Builder personality type.


Civil Engineers

perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Salary: $93720
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Transportation Engineers

develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
Salary: $93720
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Automotive Engineers

3 reviews
develop new or improved designs for vehicle structural members, engines, transmissions, or other vehicle systems, using computer-assisted design technology. Direct building, modification, or testing of vehicle or components.
Salary: $92800
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Ship Pilots

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.
Salary: $82380
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth

Farm and Ranch Managers

Jess Oldham from Farm Yard, a small flower farm in rural Moab, Utah
Nate Krause from Swans Trail Farms
3 reviews
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.
Salary: $79940
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Ship Engineers

supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.
Salary: $75710
Education: Post-secondary certificate


Aviation Inspectors

inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
Salary: $75330
Education: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth

Aerospace Engineering Technicians

operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
Salary: $68970
Education: Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction

Surveyors

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.
Salary: $66440
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Photonics Technicians

build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.
Salary: $65720
Education: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction

Aircraft Mechanics

Hugo Germon from
2 reviews
diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
Salary: $65230
Education: Post-secondary certificate

Electrical Engineering Technicians

test or modify developmental or operational electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineers or technologists.
Salary: $65050
Education: Post-secondary certificate


Sound Engineering Technicians

Stelios Mac from
1 reviews
operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.
Salary: $63500
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Construction and Building Inspectors

2 reviews
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.
Salary: $63150
Education: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Foresters

1 reviews
manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.
Salary: $63150
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Fish and Game Wardens

patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.
Salary: $59260
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction

Mechanical Drafters

prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
Salary: $59010
Education: Associate's degree

Automotive Engineering Technicians

assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.
Salary: $58240
Education: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction


Telecom Equipment Technicians

install, set-up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.
Salary: $57080
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Environmental Engineering Technicians

apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
Salary: $54800
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Histotechnologists

prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.
Salary: $53880
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Forest Firefighters

1 reviews
control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
Salary: $53240
Education: No degree required
High job satisfaction

Correctional Officers

2 reviews
guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
Salary: $49300
Education: No degree required

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
Salary: $48940
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


Museum Technicians and Conservators

restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.
Salary: $46870
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction

Agricultural Inspectors

inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Salary: $45970
Education: No degree required

Endoscopy Technicians

maintain a sterile field to provide support for physicians and nurses during endoscopy procedures. Prepare and maintain instruments and equipment. May obtain specimens.
Salary: $39110
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Veterinary Technicians

Crystal Litzenberger from An emergency hospital in central New Jersey
Natasha Nanji from Small animal clinics
4 reviews
perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.
Salary: $35560
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Animal Trainers

1 reviews
train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or assisting persons with disabilities. Accustom animals to human voice and contact; and condition animals to respond to commands. Train animals according to prescribed standards for show or competition. May train animals to carry pack loads or work as part of pack team.
Salary: $35260
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth

Vet Assistants

2 reviews
feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
Salary: $28690
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction




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