If one of your new year’s resolutions is to get in shape and another is to find a new job, why not combine the two?! There are plenty of professions that won’t leave you stuck behind a desk, but instead will keep you on your feet moving and feeling physically fit. Here are 13 jobs that pay well and pay off when it comes to keeping you in shape. Apply now and get the compensation and the body you’ve always dreamed of!
Average Base Pay: $110,263
Job Description: Think there’s no money in construction? Think again. As a Construction Project Manager, you could pull in six figures as you supervise the teams that build structures like houses, office buildings, bridges and more on site, which will definitely keep you active. And perhaps just as exciting, this job ranked among Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America in 2017.
Average Base Pay: $39,184
Job Description: If you’re interested in making it big in film or television, working as a Production Assistant (PA) is one of the best ways to launch your career. As a PA, you’ll be running around all day (or night) doing everything from going on coffee runs to assisting with props — whatever it takes to keep the production going smoothly.
Average Base Pay: $65,976
Job Description: While it will require a degree and licensure, becoming a nurse is a great option for those interested in healthcare, helping others and well-paying jobs. Besides going from room to room to assist patients, you’ll likely also be doing physical activities like lifting or moving patients and administering medication.
Average Base Pay: $28,979
Job Description: Many of these jobs will keep you fit, but this job might just make you buff. As a Warehouse Worker, you won’t just be on your feet — you’ll be regularly lifting, organizing and handling (sometimes heavy) packages.
Average Base Pay: $59,350
Job Description: Land surveyors prepare sites for construction by making precise measurements to determine property boundaries. It is as much mathematical as it is physical. Surveyors need the ability to cut brush using chain saw or machete; ability to dig with a shovel or digging bars; ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, snow, and ice.
Average Base Pay: $52,621
Job Description: Electricians are specialized handymen (and women!) who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems. As such, electricians must be in good shape to reach high places and the low places in a home or business to install wiring.
Companies Hiring: X3 Tradesmen, Specialty Granules, Arandell, Pechanga Resort and Casino and more.
Average Pay: $300 per week
Job Description: High energy and endurance are a must to be an outdoor education instructor. Add to that a love for working with kids, an interest in experiential education, enthusiasm for hard work, and a ton of patience.
Companies Hiring: YMCA, REI, North Carolina State University and more
Average Base Pay: $273,922
Job Description: Standing on your feet for hours at a turn, holding your arms and hands in very precise positions to meticulously cut, sew, adjust and mend — a surgeon is perhaps one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs around.
Companies Hiring: Veterans Administration, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Vohra Wound Physicians and more
Average Base Pay: $52,103
Job Description: Firefighters fight to minimize loss of life and property in the event of fire. They control and extinguish fires, and serve as a fully trained member of a firefighting crew and serves as a team member. They must be physically able to operate a variety of machines, tools and equipment which includes a motor vehicle, computer, generator, fire pump, fire hydrant, axe, shovel, hydraulic tools, power tools, hand tools, medical equipment, etc.
Companies Hiring: City of Brentwood, TN; City of Portsmouth, NH; Del-Jen; and more
Average Base Pay: $50,764
Job Description: In addition to managing tenants and leases, property managers are regularly tasked with walking the property regularly, overseeing maintenance work, inspecting the property and performing light housekeeping as needed.
Companies Hiring: New Land Enterprises, Bold Property Management, Drucker and Falk LLC and more
Average Base Pay: $41,729
Job Description: One of the most overlooked job requirements of being a massage therapist is the physical rigor involved in the profession. Imagine kneading dough for 6 to 8 hours a day? Working on a patient to alleviate muscle tension, pain, stiffness or just to provide relaxation requires you to be healthy and fit, and take care of your own wrists, elbows, shoulders and back.
Companies Hiring: Massage Retreat & Spa, St. Croix Hospice, Breckenridge Grand Vacations and more
Average Base Pay: $24,000
Job Description: In addition to loving dogs and being comfortable with dogs of all shapes and sizes, dog walkers must be able to keep up with the physical demands of being on your feet and walking for much of the day. Plus, walkers need to be able to cope with inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, or heat wave, you can walk through it all).
Companies Hiring: Wag!, Barkly Pets, Out-U-Go, NYC Pooch and more
Average Base Pay: $69,464
Job Description: An important member of treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention plans, they help individuals manage pain and improve movement from injuries caused by accidents, injuries related to work or sports, or from fractures and sprains, arthritis, neurological disorders, and other chronic conditions. Needless to say, you’ll get a work out as you’re working out your patients.
Companies Hiring: MedCare Pediatric Group, Veterans Administration, Capital Region Medical Center and more