Michael Frash
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Posted September 21, 2021

9 highest-paying outdoor jobs

Find out why an outdoor job could benefit you as we list nine of the highest-paying outdoor jobs available.
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Do you prefer to spend your time working outdoors rather than in a cubicle? If so, you might want to consider a job working outdoors.

Thankfully, there are plenty of high-paying job opportunities that will get you working in nature. And there’s something for everyone, whether you work in construction or you’re a scientist.

In this article, we’ll go over nine of the highest-paying outdoor jobs to help you get started in your dream career.

Why work an outdoor job?

Working outdoors can be a blessing or a curse, depending on who you ask. But when we look at the health benefits associated with an outdoor job, it’s clear that we should all be getting a bit more fresh air and Vitamin D.

Believe it or not, our natural habitat is the outdoors. Being outside is proven to be a mood booster and stress reliever.

And working outdoors doesn’t mean lower pay. Many outdoor jobs have highly competitive salaries.

Plus, working inside all day in an uncomfortable office chair is sure to cause problems. Sitting all day is proven to adversely affect health, leading to higher rates of disease.

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9 of the highest-paying outdoor jobs

Here’s a list of nine high-paying outdoor jobs for you to consider, along with the median salary for each.

1. Park ranger

National average salary: $64,010 per year

A park ranger protects the land and wildlife in state or national parks. It’s a broad term describing someone who does anything from figuring out how to protect the land from fires and harmful insects to choosing and preparing new areas in which to plant trees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), park rangers generally have a college degree in forestry or agricultural science. These degrees prepare students for a challenging career.

Find park ranger jobs on Jobcase.

2. Geographer

National average salary: $85,430 per year

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A geographer studies the land through field observations, maps, satellite imagery, and other sources of information. They then connect this data into information regarding a region's health, politics, economics, and the environment.

Geographers need a bachelor’s degree for most entry-level positions. A master’s degree is mandatory for many senior positions related to this career path.

3. Landscape architect

National average salary: $70,630 per year

Have you ever visited a campus or business and been blown away by its exterior design? That’s the work of a landscape architect.

They design outdoor spaces, planning the layout of the greenery and other aspects of the design.

To start landscaping, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, with many jobs requiring a master’s.

Find landscape architect jobs on Jobcase.

4. Construction manager

National average salary: $97,180 per year

A construction manager oversees construction sites from start to finish. They’re in charge of managing the budget and ensuring the project is completed on time.

The job involves more than physical labor. Construction managers must be comfortable working with cost estimates and budgets, as well as managing schedules and sometimes hiring.

Many construction managers have a bachelor’s degree, while others are promoted based on years of experience.

Find construction manager jobs on Jobcase.

5. Civil engineer

National average salary: $88,570 per year

A civil engineer oversees the design and construction of infrastructure projects. This includes things like roads, buildings, dams, tunnels, and bridges.

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as co-op experience to land your first full-time job.

Find civil engineering jobs on Jobcase.

6. Farmers and ranchers

National average salary: $68,090 per year

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Farmers and ranchers are in charge of crop production, including planting, fertilizing, and harvesting all crops. At the same time, you’ll be taking care of livestock.

Farmers also maintain and operate a lot of different equipment.

Most ranchers have a high school diploma. Many states offer agriculture programs, which could make you more appealing to employers.

7. Surveyor

National average salary: $65,590 per year

A surveyor measures property boundaries in relation to the Earth’s surface for mapmaking and engineering purposes. It’s a career requiring a lot of travel, as well as research and writing abilities.

A large part of being a surveyor is preparing reports and presenting them to clients and the federal government.

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree followed by four years of supervised experience.

Find surveyor jobs on Jobcase.

8. Environmental engineer

National average salary: $92,120 per year

Environmental engineers work to solve problems like climate change, unsafe drinking water, and sustainability issues.

It’s a challenging career that requires a background in chemistry, biology, engineering, and environmental science. Most entry-level jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s is recommended.

Find environmental engineering jobs on Jobcase.

9. Wildlife biologist

National average salary: $66,530 per year

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A wildlife biologist is an exciting career involving the study of animals and their ecosystems. They look at animal behavior to see how it affects their environment and other natural resources.

Many wildlife biologists also look at how wildlife is affecting public health.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry-level positions, with a master’s degree or Ph.D. being required for more senior-level roles.

Find wildlife jobs on Jobcase.

Land your dream job in nature today

Choosing a career that gets you working outdoors has many benefits.

For starters, you’re getting out of that dreaded office chair and increasing your activity levels.

Aside from that, the best outdoor jobs offer competitive annual salaries. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider looking for one.

You can find more tips for job seekers searching for a high-paying outdoor job by visiting our Getting Hired Resource Center.

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Michael Watson

Thanks. Some of these workfields R interesting and pay well. Good luck everyone on the job search.

Thanks. Some of these workfields R interesting and pay well. Good luck everyone on the job search.

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Zameka Nyakaza

Good morning, interesting jobs but I only have IT, Office management and technology certificat. I don't know if I qualify.

Good morning, interesting jobs but I only have IT, Office management and technology certificat. I don't know if I qualify.

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Shasta Winkler

I offer 45 yrs.experience in the field of Horticulture. I grew up in a family owned and operated Nursery/Landscape Company. I have some college in Horticulture and Turf grass Management. I am a female who believes that if you are ten minutes early for work, you’re already late.W.O.R.K. is not a radio station, and that you don’t have to go to work, you get to have the privilege of going to work. I have public relations, drafting,some survey experience. I have 62 years of maturity and am available for hire.

I offer 45 yrs.experience in the field of Horticulture. I grew up in a family owned and operated Nursery/Landscape Company. I have some college in Horticulture and Turf grass Management. I am a female who believes that if you are ten minutes early for work, you’re already late.W.O.R.K. is not a radio station, and that you don’t have to go to work, you get to have the privilege of going to work. I have public relations, drafting,some survey experience. I have 62 years of maturity and am available for hire.

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Ron Miller

Do you have any low-paying indoor jobs available 🤣

Do you have any low-paying indoor jobs available 🤣

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Piyali Bhattacharyya

It is good the know which jobs are high paying, but unfortunately I didn't find in my area of expertise, e.g. Nutrition

It is good the know which jobs are high paying, but unfortunately I didn't find in my area of expertise, e.g. Nutrition

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Alexzandria Snider

im only 16 but yes i would

im only 16 but yes i would

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Russell Satterwhite

Yes I would

Yes I would

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Terry Jones

Great

Great

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JITENDRA P DHOLE

Great, things to do & earn with such types of jobs. But, I am from India looking job for abroad. How to implement to get a job opportunity.

Great, things to do & earn with such types of jobs. But, I am from India looking job for abroad. How to implement to get a job opportunity.

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Julio Dumano

Thanks a for sharing this ❤

Thanks a for sharing this ❤

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