Top growing jobs for outdoorsy people

Love the great outdoors? Consider some of these growing career opportunities.
We all like to get out of the office and into nature every once in a while, but for some, the call of the wild is strong enough to lure them from life behind a desk. If you're looking for an opportunity to spend your working hours a little closer to nature, here are 10 growing jobs for you to consider:

1. Wind turbine service technicians install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. They inspect the exterior and physical integrity of towers, perform routine maintenance on turbines and collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 21%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 11%
  • Median hourly earnings – $21.48
2. Solar photovoltaic installers assemble, install, or maintain solar panel systems on roofs or other structures.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 20%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $19.68
3. Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development and behavior of humans. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 12%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $29.50
4. Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure and processes, to learn about its past, present and future.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 11%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 9%
  • Median hourly earnings – $46.83
5. Geographers study the Earth and its land, features and inhabitants. They gather geographic data through field observations, maps, photographs, satellite imagery and censuses.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 11%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 11%
  • Median hourly earnings – $34.95
6. Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses and parks are attractive, orderly and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 10%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 6%
  • Median hourly earnings – $14.47
7. Landscape architects design parks and the outdoor spaces of campuses, recreational facilities, private homes and other open spaces.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 8%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 3%
  • Median hourly earnings – $29.35
8. Marine engineers and naval architects design, build and maintain ships from aircraft carriers to submarines, from sailboats to tankers. Also known as marine design engineers or marine mechanical engineers, marine engineers are primarily responsible for the internal systems of a ship, such as propulsion, electrical, refrigeration and steering. Naval architects are primarily responsible for ship design, including the form, structure and stability of hulls.
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9. Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 3%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 5%
  • Median hourly earnings – $28.67
10. Foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands and other natural resources.
  • 2011-2016 job growth – 3%
  • 2016-2021 job growth – 4%
  • Median hourly earnings – $28.51

Companies Hiring 5/17

1. AAA Northeast
Sample job titles: Travel agent, call center representative, insurance agent, financial service representative
Location: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York & Rhode Island
2. Allegiance Staffing
Industry: Staffing
Sample job titles: Warehouse, machine operator, welder, assembly worker, material handler, driver, server
Location: National
3. BH Management
Industry: Apartment management
Sample job titles: Construction project manager, make-ready technician, architect, assistant property manager
Location: Richmond, Va.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minn.; Texas; Maryland; Georgia
4. C2 Education
Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Center director, assistant center director, tutor, field trainer
Location: Nationwide
5. City of Atlanta
Industry: Government
Sample job titles: Civil engineer, electrician supervisor, watershed plant officer, business analyst, traffic service technician
Location: Atlanta
6. Contemporary Staffing Solutions
Industry: General Staffing
Sample job titles: Loan processor, customer service representative, call center representative, .net developer
Location: Philadelphia, Delaware, Florida
7. Esurance
Industry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Claims liability adjuster, senior software developer, customer service rep, actuarial analyst, claims processor, branch manager, data quality analyst
Location: San Francisco and Rocklin, Calif.; Mesa, Ariz.; Richardson, Texas; Tampa, Fla.
8. Parallon Workforce Solutions
Industry: Healthcare
Sample job titles: Registered nurse
Location: Nationwide
9. Pentagon Federal Credit Union
Industry: Banking
Sample job titles: Mortgage loan officer, mortgage loan assistant, senior underwriter, mortgage disclosure specialist, manager, residential mortgage closing, branch manager, vice president, card fraud management, operations officer, senior engineer, IT manager, mortgage loan processor
Location: Virginia, Nebraska, Oregon, Maryland, Georgia, Texas
10. Titan Machinery
Industry: Machinery
Sample job titles: Outside sales representative – rental, field marketer – outside sales, wholegoods specialist, diesel service technician, service foreman, service writer, store manager, human resources coordinator, rental support, parts counter, rental counter
Location: North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Maryland, Montana

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