If the thought of sitting behind a desk all day makes you want to scream and run the other way, hold that shriek. Get moving and find a career with the physical challenges and activities that you crave. While you can earn a pretty good living in jobs designed for active people, don't fret if you're one of those sunny people who value an active lifestyle over a big paycheck. A healthy body might just be your best reward.
Being a tour guide is an ideal way to stay on the move. Envision this -- walking up and down the streets of a historic town; climbing the step in a landmark monument; or roaming the halls of a vast museum. Tour guides spend most of their day on their feet, moving groups of people from one spot to another. Don't forget the fact that the work puts you in super interesting places, such as historical sites, national parks, museums and even ultra-chic shopping districts. Basic high school or a college degree often is sufficient education, but some employers may require a licensing process that includes a background check. tour guide companies provide on-the-job training. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tour guides earned a median pay of $11.36 an hour in 2011.
Landscaping is one of the most physically demanding jobs you can get. Think about all that exercise you get from mowing, cutting, bending, raking and blowing, and the bonus is you get to be outside all day. Landscaping jobs tend to be in demand regardless of the state of the economy, because the grass and bushes keep growing no matter what the stock market is doing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth in the grounds maintenance industry to grow by at least 20 percent between 2010 and 2020. In 2012, landscape crew members earned an average of $11.41 an hour.
As a personal trainer, you work one-on-one with clients, instructing and encouraging them in physical activity. The most successful personal trainers look the part, meaning you should have the toned arms and flat abs that your clients are striving for. In many cases, you work out right beside your clients as you show them proper form and techniques. And personal trainers are always in demand, because so many people want to lose weight and get into shape but often need an extra push to stay motivated. Do in-home training, work with a fitness center or spa or join the staff at a corporate facility. Processes of certification vary, and can include anything from advanced degrees to simple licensing through fitness agencies. In 2010, fitness trainers earned a median salary of $31,090 per year.
Join a construction crew as a general laborer and keep moving all day as you carry equipment, climb ladders, swing a paint brush or move dirt. If you’ve got a flair for woodworking or smoothing out sheetrock, work as a subcontractor honing your specialty. Construction may be a dirty job, but you earn the sweat honestly, and at the end of a job, you can stand back and admire the finished product. No matter what aspect of the construction process you get involved in, you most assuredly will remain active. In 2010, the average paid to construction workers in the United States was about $25.72 per hour.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Tour Guides
- Education Portal: A Job Description and Information About a Career as a Professional Tour Guide
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Landscape Architects
- American Fitness Professional and Associates: The Business of Being a Personal Trainer
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Construction
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Grounds Maintenance Worker
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."