Cubicle workers and people who are stuck in low-paying, dead-end jobs might think there's nothing better out there for them. But there are some exciting job opportunities and careers where you can meet new people, explore new places and do activities that can get your adrenaline flowing.
House sitting might not sound like an especially exciting career — unless you're doing it in Italy, Hawaii, England or Australia, which are just a few locations where homeowners are searching for someone trustworthy to watch their property while they travel. Legitimate job sites require a small annual fee to join.
Scuba diver jobs often involve training other people to dive. But if diving 100 feet below the surface of the sea isn't exciting enough for you, try being a shark wrangler. ScubaDiving.com tells the story of Gil Falcone, who enters the shark cage of the Monterey Bay Aquarium every day to feed and observe the sharks.
Doctors Without Borders
To see the world and make a real difference, a job with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is hard to beat. This organization helps people around the globe who are in danger from armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. Both medical and non-medical staff are needed.
Race Car Driver
Not many race car drivers will give Danica Patrick a run for their money. In fact, most drivers spend more than they earn. But few part-time jobs provide the same thrill as zipping around a race track at maximum speed. The Sports Club Car of America sponsors regional events where lesser-known drivers can compete.
Acting is always exciting, but when they're in front of a live audience, actors know they only have one chance to get it right. Whether on Broadway or off, stage acting offers the chance to work with other talented professionals to deliver a quality show night after night.
Sports broadcasters work as talk show hosts, play-by-play announcers, anchors and sideline reporters. Some fans love them and others not so much. But sports commentators might not care either way. They're too busy getting in on the best sports action from a prime viewing area, meeting star athletes and calling the plays.
For those who excel in the sciences, a career as an astronaut could be out of this world. Astronaut Sally Ride said, "The most important steps that I followed were studying math and science in school. I was always interested in physics and astronomy and chemistry...That's what prepared me for being an astronaut."
Cruise Ship Staff
For people who want to see the world from the luxury of an ocean liner, a cruise ship job would be ideal. Cruise ships need officers and crew members to keep the ship sailing smoothly and hospitality staff to keep the guests fed, hydrated, entertained and happy.
Teach ESL Overseas
A job that allows you to immerse yourself in another culture for several months or even several years is teaching English as a Second Language in another country. Teachers are needed in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East to teach children and adults English. Teachers can explore the country while earning good money and helping others.
National Park Staff
America's beautiful national park system offers seasonal and long-term employment. People work as botanists, carpenters, ecologists, electricians, forestry technicians, gardeners, museum professionals, park rangers, police, small craft operators and more. During their spare time, they can explore the park and surrounding areas.
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Janet Clark has written professionally since 2001. She writes about education, careers, culture, parenting, gardening and social justice issues. Clark graduated from Buena Vista University with a degree in education. She has written two novels, "Blind Faith" and "Under the Influence." Clark has received several awards from the Iowa Press Women for her work.