Some people can’t be confined to working indoors. The call of the wild can be a big attraction when deciding on a career and yet a lot of workers find themselves trapped in an office or a factory. Why is that? It’s probably due to misconceptions regarding the financial rewards offered by outdoor jobs. Many people make a connection between manual labor and low pay, but this is certainly not true. There are many jobs which require a lot of physical activity, and a lot of time outside, which pay rather well. If you are someone who wants a good salary but feels trapped in an office cubicle take a look at there possibilities:
Scaffolder/Rigger – It takes a bit of training, and you can’t become a scaffolder or a rigger overnight, but this can be a very rewarding career for those who like physical work. Scaffolders need to use their heads as much as their bodies to ensure a structure is fit for purpose. There is little room for error and government legislation requires these guys to be well trained individuals.
The same is true for riggers. A lot of thought has to go into dismantling, lifting, and siting large heavy objects. A rigger must be well accustomed in the use of chains, straps, ratchets, etc. A lot of time work must be carried out in built up area and health and safety procedures are extremely important. Due to the sensitive nature of this type of work riggers can command very high salaries.
Roofer – A physically demanding role for those who love to break a sweat at work. There is no way around it, if you are a roofer you must get all of your materials onto a roof. This can be a laborious task, but it will keep you very fit. Also, there’s no other way to put it – it is a potentially dangerous job. Many of the tasks a roofer must perform on a day-to-day basis are reasonably straightforward: replace a broken tile, or maybe repoint some crumbling mortar, but working at height is not the same as working on the ground, and a momentary lapse of concentration can be extremely costly, this is why roofers can ask a lot more for a job than a handyman in someone’s backyard.
Tree Surgeon – A great career for anyone who loves horticulture and likes physical activity. Tree surgeons, or arborists as they are also known, are specialists in tree pruning and tree removal. Then need to have a lot of training in the correct procedures for removing tree trunks and limbs while working at height. There is also a great deal of specialist equipment which must be handled correctly such as chainsaws and mulching machines. Arborists can command very handsome salaries and the profession is one of the top earners for jobs outside. The skills needed can’t be learned overnight but anyone with some gardening knowledge should find it reasonably easy to pick up. Australia has a number of professional arborist companies. Sydney based Plateau Trees is one reputable employer.