No matter what type of work you’re currently doing, some days it might feel like you’re just going through the motions. If you find yourself fantasizing about your next adventure job while stuck at your desk, here are nine careers that will pay you to travel and take on daring challenges in your day-to-day life. Chances are, at least one of these jobs is right up your alley.
1) Explore Fearlessly
One of the best things about adventure jobs is that you’re constantly being challenged and encouraged to explore your limits. And while some days might be more challenging than others, the sense of accomplishment and confidence you’ll feel will make it all worth it. From rafting guides to climbing instructors, here are 9 jobs for those looking for adventure.
For many people looking for work outside their normal routine, a job that provides a different type of thrill can be just what they need to get them going again.
2) Ever Wanted to be a Wildlife Biologist?
There are many different adventure jobs out there and many people dream of being able to live the life of their dreams. However, it can be difficult to find a job that is both fulfilling and provides enough income to survive. Luckily, there are plenty of options for those who want to work outside and enjoy the great outdoors daily. One such option is wildlife biology. Wildlife biologists work in a variety of places including national parks, zoos, non-profit organizations, universities, and more.
3) Backpacking Guide
Backpacking is the ultimate adventure job because it combines many of the things we love most about our other favorite adventure jobs. When you’re a backpacking guide, you get to share your knowledge and passion for exploring new places with others while getting paid. The best part? No commute! Just wake up and go do what you love all day long.
Rafting Guide: As a rafting guide, you’ll be living on the river in paradise with nothing but clear blue skies and beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. If that’s not enough to make someone want this amazing adventure job, then nothing will. Climbing Guide: Climbing guides take people out on rock walls where they teach them climbing techniques and safety skills.
4) Rock Climbing Instructor
Rock climbing instructors teach rock climbers the basics of rock climbing, such as types of equipment and knots. They may also teach techniques to help a climber ascend or descend a wall. Rock climbing is often done outside and instructors typically work in beautiful locations like Yosemite National Park or Zion National Park.
Rock climbing instructors may be employed by an indoor or outdoor facility that rents out equipment for use on the premises, or they can offer their services independently.
5) Windsurfing Instructor
Windsurfing Instructor – If you know how to windsurf, becoming a professional instructor might be a good option. In addition to the skills required for windsurfing, instructors also need to have extensive knowledge of weather patterns and waves. Plus, it’s an outdoor job that doesn’t involve sitting at a desk all day long.
-Camp Counselor: Camp Counselor – Summer camp counselors spend their time supervising kids, teaching games, arts and crafts, or other activities, leading campfires, and organizing activities like swimming or boating trips.
-Marine Mammal Trainer: Marine mammal trainers work with animals such as dolphins, sea lions, and otters at places like SeaWorld.
6) Snowboarding Instructor
For the adrenaline junkie, a snowboarding instructor could be the perfect job. Not only do you get to teach people how to snowboard, but you also have an opportunity to test out your skills yourself. And since most winter sports instructors are freelancers, you can take on as many or as few jobs as you like. Plus, since there is less infrastructure for winter sports than for other sports (such as tennis courts), there is more of a need for qualified instructors than in other fields.
Becoming a divemaster is one of the most popular ways for scuba divers to make money. Diving isn’t for everyone, but if you love swimming and exploring the world beneath the surface, then this might be the job for you. Divemasters work with scuba divers on safety and diving skills before they go out into the ocean and also help them identify marine life. If you want to become a divemaster, you need at least 5 years of experience as a scuba diver and 15 dives logged in the last two years. Be sure to research how much it costs to get your certification because some can cost upwards of $5000!
8) Uncover Hiking Opportunities
Hiking is a great way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s also a great way to start thinking about what kind of outdoor adventure job you want to pursue. If you’re looking for a new career in the outdoors, here are nine jobs that might be perfect for you:
1) Camping Guide
Campers need guides who can show them the best trails, teach them about flora and fauna, and provide basic first-aid.
9) Recreational Park Ranger
If you love the outdoors, this is a perfect job for you. As a recreational park ranger, you’ll spend your day exploring and sharing information about the natural environment with visitors. This job involves plenty of hiking, biking, and even rock climbing! There are so many parks across the United States to explore. Get paid to enjoy nature all day long! After completing some basic training, you will be able to apply for jobs at state or national parks. A typical starting salary ranges from $19,000-$30,000 depending on the region in which you live and what agency hires you. However, once you are hired as a full-time ranger at a national park in California or Texas, you can expect an annual salary of around $32-$43K!