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Five Highly Educated Professions that Get to Work Outside

Updated on March 23, 2011

So you want to work outside but you don't want to break your back sweating the days away? Do you have a great attention to detail and perform well in a classroom?  Luckily you can be a bookworm and still get out there and see the world.

These jobs get to travel all over the world: Antarctica, Egypt, Pompeii, the Oceans and beyond. These people are truly dedicated to and love what they do and it is not easy getting there. However with the right mind set and hard work anyone can have one of these fulfilling careers.Here are some respected well paid professions (in no particular order) where you can spend a lot of time outside but are not built for physical labor.

1. Archaeologist

Here's one of the guys not lucky enough to get buried with treasure.
Here's one of the guys not lucky enough to get buried with treasure.

1. Archaeologists

Get paid to dig up historical artifacts. Not as Indiana-Jones as one might think, but uncovering history can be very rewarding and exciting. It’s easy than ever with new technology that allows us to see buried objects without having to dig them up first.

With 28% employment growth from 2008 to 2018, and a median salary $53,460 all the way up to $71,400 for the federal government this job is coveted by many. A graduate degree is required for most positions, and a Ph.D. for research or educational positions.

2. Geoscientist

No, its not melted marshmallow, its molten rock about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Looks tasty though.
No, its not melted marshmallow, its molten rock about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Looks tasty though.

2. Geoscientist

Travel around the world and work at remote sites such as volcanoes, mountains, canyons, and mining facilities. Search out the terrain for lucrative mineral deposits or map locations and recommend mining or building plans. Study mineral composition and chemistry. Geoscientists have a love to discover and a curiosity for the Earth.

Geoscientists are expected to grow at 18%, much faster than average. A graduate degree is required for most positions. Geoscientists had a median salary of $79,160 in 2008.

3. Marine Biologist

 "Say Cheese!"
"Say Cheese!"

3. Marine Biologist

You know that movie Jaws? Well this is kind of like that except you would be the person in the cage. Seriously if you don't mind the taste of salt water, have a love for the deep oceans and the animals that dwell in the deep then this profession is your kind of job.

A PhD is required for independent research, although a bachelor's degree can get you into most entry level jobs at about $33,000 a year. Median annual wages of zoologists and wildlife biologists were $55,290 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,060 and $70,500. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,550, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $90,850.

4. Atmospheric Scientist

"Bill I think we can get a little bit closer..."
"Bill I think we can get a little bit closer..."

4. Atmospheric scientist

Study the air currents and behavior around the globe. Experience tornadoes, hurricanes, floods etc. first hand. Does chasing down a 300 mph black cyclone of death sound like a good 9:00-5:00? Then this might just be the job for you.

This job surprisingly has the least amount of educational requirement: a bachelor's degree for most positions, climbing up to a Phd for most research and educational positions. Job competion is projected to be keen, so graduate degree holders will have a better chance of employment. Atmospheric scientists had a median salary of $81,290.

5. Astonaut

I think I can see my house from here...
I think I can see my house from here...


Alright this one is cheating a little bit, but who can resist the last pioneers of tomorrow? For those fortunate to be selected as astronauts, floating in space and eating freeze-dried food are just a few of the many experience of being in outer space.

The salary is only one of the perks for the lucky few who get to be chosen as astronauts. According to NASA, any can apply: Teachers, police officers, anybody who has the willingness and sense of adventure. Those who do get picked get to experience weightlessness in outer space, and really get to grasp what a pebble the Earth really is in comparison to the vast sea of space.


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      7 years ago from Virginia

      My uncle is a archaeologist and he loves his job.....he travels everywhere......great hub


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