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.


Automotive Engineers

1 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.
$95560
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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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.
$95440
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

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.
$95440
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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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.
$89740
No degree required
Strong job growth
Personality Match

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Aviation Inspectors

inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
$81320
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
Personality Match

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.
$81110
Post-secondary certificate
Personality Match

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Farm and Ranch Managers

Mpenga Kabundi from P&A Family Farm Concept
Jess Oldham from Farm Yard, a small flower farm in rural Moab, Utah
Nate Krause from Swans Trail Farms
4 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.
$76810
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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Aerospace Engineering Technicians

operate, install, adjust, 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.
$70680
Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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.
$70260
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


Aircraft Mechanics

Saurabh Barnwal from
Hugo Germon from
2 reviews
diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
$69040
Post-secondary certificate
Personality Match

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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.
$68310
Post-secondary certificate
Personality Match

Interest Match

Photonics Technicians

build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.
$67640
Associate's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


Sound Engineering Technicians

Ron Phillip from Freelance
Stelios Mac from
2 reviews
assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.
$67210
No degree required
High job satisfaction
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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.
$66470
Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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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.
$66000
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
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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.
$61980
No degree required
High job satisfaction
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Mechanical Drafters

prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
$61490
Associate's degree
Personality Match

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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.
$60880
Associate's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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.
$57810
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

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 scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
$56570
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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Forest Firefighters

control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
$56360
No degree required
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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Histotechnologists

prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.
$55990
Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Matt Granato from A liberal arts college
1 reviews
set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic equipment for live or recorded events, such as concerts, meetings, conventions, presentations, podcasts, news conferences, and sporting events.
$53390
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Correctional Officers

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.
$52340
No degree required
Personality Match


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.
$49990
Master's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

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.
$48620
No degree required
Personality Match

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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.
$41430
No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


Animal Trainers

1 reviews
train animals for riding, harness, security, performance, or obedience, or for 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.
$37950
No degree required
Strong job growth
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Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Crystal Litzenberger from An emergency hospital in central New Jersey
Natasha Nanji from Small animal clinics
2 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.
$37860
Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Vet Assistants

1 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 postoperative 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.
$30980
No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

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