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ratonlaveur
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06 Dec 2007, 8:47 pm

So I've had a few years of work since college and all my work experience has been in an office, doing computer-related tasks, mainly data analysis.. and I'm starting to get sick of being inside for so long. Whenever I take a break and go outside it seems like my energy level mutliplies by 100, and on top of that, the repetitive stress is getting to me. So I'm wondering what kinds of jobs do some of you have here that requires spending some time outdoors - doesn't have to be all the time outdoors, but it would be nice to be outdoors once in a while.



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06 Dec 2007, 11:42 pm

I would like to know this too...I have no desire to work in an office ever again.



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07 Dec 2007, 4:37 am

ratonlaveur wrote:
So I've had a few years of work since college and all my work experience has been in an office, doing computer-related tasks, mainly data analysis.. and I'm starting to get sick of being inside for so long. Whenever I take a break and go outside it seems like my energy level mutliplies by 100, and on top of that, the repetitive stress is getting to me. So I'm wondering what kinds of jobs do some of you have here that requires spending some time outdoors - doesn't have to be all the time outdoors, but it would be nice to be outdoors once in a while.


I've seen tons of jobs that most people wouldn't even know exist, at all skill and education levels. I used to work at an airport and escort people into restricted areas, like paving crews, maintenance workers, engineers, scientists, basically a glorified babysitter. If you tell me more about your qualifications and interests I can do a better job of pointing out a few options.


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07 Dec 2007, 7:24 am

I was the same. I was studying computer engineering, majoring in networks. But it all got to me, the thought of dealing with office bureaucracy and working in the same place everyday with the same annoying people. Also uni in general got to me, had few friends, if you could call them friends, more like classmates I guess. The last semester that I attended I only went to uni 3 hours a week out of a scheduled 18 hours!! I still passed 3 of 4 exams :D

So I decided to drop out and get an apprenticeship. I'm now a 2nd year apprentice roof plumber. I work outdoors all day, everyday of the year. Every day or two is a different job, so you get a change of scenery (I love the beauty of nature in all forms) I get to work while listening to birds or gazing at the different trees. The work isn't hard and doesn't take long to be able to work autonomously. Which is great for me because I hate being told how to do things, I much prefer to learn on my own.

But beware, outdoors all year means extreme heat, freezing cold, or soaking wet. But you get a great tan :) Other options could be an electrician, they aren't constantly exposed to all the elements like us roofers, as they generally do their work after we've put the roof on.



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08 Dec 2007, 12:43 am

I wish I could become a woodworker. Not an outside job I guess, but definitely not in an office.



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09 Dec 2007, 12:26 am

meter reader
timber cruiser
that person who checks powerline easements for overgrown trees/shrubs that need to be trimmed by the tree company
house painter
lawn service, landscaping
dogwalker (big city)
horseshoer (picky clients whose only horse knowledge comes from 'Horse Rider' magazine) -- I did this for several years.
wildland firefighter (in a 'good' season, some make enough to last them the rest of the year) - I did this for the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks
cab driver (can be difficult to make ends meet depending on your cab lease, whether you can operate the meter completely legal and make a living,etc.) - I did this also.

any job that has you climbing utility poles - phone, cable t.v.
apple picker - tried that for a friend who owns an orchard.. I had a hard time figuring out the ripe ones from the 'almost' ripe ones.
construction laborer - I did this also... fun job at the time.
paper delivery - you have your own route and are responsible for it everyday! I worked for a friend when he wanted time off... paid me $20 to do his route... it took me 2 hrs and him only 1 hr. Only job I know of where I got to drive on the wrong side of the road at 4 a.m. and throw things at people's houses! :lol:

There's more... like message delivery, food vendor, etc.


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