With summer in full swing, sitting in a cubicle all day can feel like you’ve been banished to an especially dark corner of Hades. Here are some jobs that get you out in the sun.
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With , sitting in a florescent-lit cubicle all day can feel like you’ve been banished to an especially dark corner of Hades. So if you’re feeling the sunshine blues, you might consider to head for a career in the great outdoors.
Outdoor jobs offer incredible perks: beautiful natural settings, physical activity and lots of fresh air. But these awesome benefits are often paired with major drawbacks: tough competition, dangerous environments and teeny tiny paychecks.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t combine your passion for the great outdoors with a lucrative career path. Here are 15 jobs that get you out of the office and boost your earnings:
As a botanist, you study the wide world of plants by collecting specimens from nature, conducting research in greenhouses and examining flora in your lab.
Average salary range: $34,000 – $102,000
As an expert on the environment, you lead walks, discussions and classes to teach people about the small piece of Mother Nature that’s in your park.
Average salary range: $36,000 – $89,000
In this role, you perform outdoor fieldwork and indoor research to develop engineering solutions to ecological problems.
Average salary range: $49,000 – $119,000
Working at the intersection of sports and agriculture, you’re the one out and about getting grass fields ready to go for the big game.
Average salary range: $27,000 – $68,000
You can enjoy plenty of fieldwork under the big blue sky as you unlock the secrets of the earth by studying its history and physical structure.
Average salary range: $44,000 – $161,000
Swap a cubical for a sports field as you help prevent injuries during practice or help pro athletes heal when they’re in pain.
Average salary range: $26,000 – $64,000
For this in-demand job, you spend your days in the treetops, helping leafy giants by removing limbs that are diseased, dead or knocking down power lines.
Average salary range: $20,000 – $48,000
Stay on your toes and out of a traditional office while caring for injured animals before releasing them back into the wild.
Average salary range: $21,000 – $44,000
Running the day-to-day action on a construction site keeps you exposed to the elements (both good and bad!) from 9 to 5.
Average salary range: $50,000 – $150,000
Exchange your button-downs and briefcase for a wetsuit and scuba mask to make underwater repairs, perform research or uncover waterlogged evidence.
Average salary range: $32,000 – $90,000
Only you can prevent forest fires. No really, it’s true: in this job, you battle fires to keep humans and nature safe from wayward flames. It’s tough, but it’s not a desk job.
Average salary range: $23,000 – $75,000
Creating precise records of a land area’s measurements means you’re out under the wide-open sky all day long.
Average salary range: $31,000 – $90,000
To study past cultures, you uncover ancient relics at outdoor archaeological digs or underwater excavation sites.
Average salary range: $31,000 – $89,000
Enjoy the fresh air as you design the location of pathways, trees and green spaces around buildings.
Average salary range: $37,000 – $102,000
Trade in the water cooler for a bottle of wine as you oversee the process of growing grapes and turning it into vino fit for the gods.
Average salary range: $29,000 – $107,000
What’s your top pick for best outdoor job?
All salary data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Annie Favreau works for , a site that helps people discover careers they’ll love and find the education to make it happen. Join the conversation on Twitter at !