By Cowgirl Candace | Originally published for the AJC
Cubicle careers can often lead to lack of sunlight, strained eyes and sedentary habits that contribute to obesity. For job seekers who yearn for fresh air and staying physically fit, these conventional careers come with an athletic component that helps keep you in tiptop shape while working the job yearlong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following occupations afford decent salaries but demand constant movement to get the job done:
What they do: Farmers are responsible for yielding healthful crops, dairy products and livestock. Working predominantly in the great outdoors, farmers have to tackle extreme weather conditions while operating machinery/equipment to meet seasonal deadlines efficiently and effectively while protecting the land.
What they require: Hauling, operating, fixing, carrying, assembling, pushing, pulling
Annual pay: $66,360
What they do: Physical therapists work with those who are experiencing pain from injuries. These professionals are usually stationed in hospitals or nursing/private/residential/home health care centers, and dedicate the majority of their time standing and moving around with patients to improve motor skills.
What they require: Jogging, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, stretching, flexing, balancing
Annual pay: $85,400
HIGH SCHOOL P.E. TEACHERS
What they do: These educators, also known as P.E. teachers, engage in various sports — volleyball, tennis, aerobics, basketball and football — with students. P.E. teachers help students develop fundamentals and test physical/mental abilities in an effort to achieve healthier lifestyles.
What they require: Walking, running, jumping, stretching, exercising
Annual pay: $58,030
What they do: Registered nurses make patient care priority. Standing and assisting people for hours, these professionals work with their hands and other medical-related tools. Their job commands around-the-clock assistance — whether holding objects for the doctor or helping patients adjust or eat in bed.
What they require: Lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, twisting, bending, walking, running
Annual pay: $68,450
What they do: The eyes and ears of the community, newspaper reporters don’t simply wait for news to happen. These media professionals have to investigate story leads, go into communities to interview eyewitnesses and key sources, and visit sites to compile supporting content for backstory leads.
What they require: Bending, twisting, walking, running, jogging, carrying
Annual pay: $38,870
What they do: Assembling, sorting and delivering mail — rain, sleet or snow — is what makes mail carriers weather-ready workout warriors. Spending the majority of their time outdoors, mail carriers ensure your mail arrives on time and intact. This profession demands a lot of bending and twisting, along with long periods of walking.
What they require: Lifting, bending, twisting, walking, running, jogging, carrying, pushing, pulling
Annual pay: $56,790
What they do: Lifestyle photographers capture people, places and things that often aim to tell a captivating, real-time story. This creative profession requires lifting and carrying equipment and props, and actively placing the body in awkward positions to snap breathtaking angles.
What they require: Carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, walking, running, jogging, bending, twisting
Annual pay: $34,070