Top 10 Jobs for People Who Hate Working in an Office
Working in an office is not for everyone. Maybe the nine-to-five grind gets you down, or maybe office politics are not your thing. Whatever the reason, there’s no need to resign yourself to spending your entire working life feeling like you’re writing with your non-dominant hand.
There are plenty of non-office jobs out there that play to the strengths of the worker who’d rather telecommute, work outside, or spend their workdays on the road.
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 — 24 (for Registered Nurses): 16 percent
How to Become a Nurse Case Manager: Clinical experience is required for this role, as well as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Nurse case managers should also be comfortable with technology.
5. Web Developer
One in seven web developers are self-employed, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labr Statistics, which means that one in seven web developers can definitely skip the whole office experience and work from home. Many employers also allow their web developer employees to telecommute on a full- or part-time basis. This career is a good fit for creative, detail-oriented, tech-savvy folks.
Median Annual Salary: $57,758
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 – 24: 27 percent
How to Become a Web Developer: Typical entry-level education is an associate’s degree, although some employers may prefer a bachelor’s.
6. Wind Turbine Technician
If you don’t mind heights of up to 260 feet above ground and want to be at the forefront of the green energy movement, this job might be perfect for you. Instead of spending your days slaving away under fluorescent lights, you’ll repair and install wind turbines in the great outdoors.
Median Annual Salary: $48,484
Projected Growth, 2014 – 24: 108 percent
How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician: The typical entry-level education for this role is some college, no degree, per the Bureau of Labr Statistics. Most attend a technical school and receive on-the-job training from their employers.
If you want a career in which you truly make a difference in people’s lives, EMT or paramedic might be for you. People in these jobs respond to medical emergencies, offering life-saving care. A cool head under pressure is a must in these jobs.
Median Annual Salary: $36,927
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 – 24: 24 percent
How to Become an EMT/Paramedic: EMTs and paramedics must be licensed and attend a postsecondary training program.
8. Line Installer/Repairer
Another job for someone who isn’t afraid of heights, line installer/repairers maintain power and telecommunications lines. They’re the folks you see climbing up telephone poles when wires are down or service expands.
Median Annual Salary: $50,980
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 – 24: 6 percent
How to Become a Line Installer/Repairer: Most people in this job receive long-term on-the-job training, and many attend apprenticeship programs.
9. Computer Support Specialist
If you’re a computer-savvy person and a good communicator, computer support specialist is a great work-from-home job. While not every employer allows telecommuting, this role is so technology-dependent, there’s really no need for companies to spend cash on real estate.
Median Annual Salary: $41,824
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 – 24: 12 percent
How to Become a Computer Support Specialist: Some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree, but the most important qualification for this job is simply to know what you’re doing. An associate’s or even a few additional classes in addition to a high school diploma might be enough.
10. Customer Service Representative
Probably the job pictured first when people say “work-from-home job,” customer service representative has a lot to recommend it. It doesn’t require a lot of education and training, and as mentioned, often allows telecommuting. While dealing with the public might be a bit of a grind in the long-term, this role could be the perfect short-term gig for the right person.
Median Annual Salary: $36,274
Projected Growth Rate, 2014 – 2024: 10 percent
How to Become a Customer Service Representative: On-the-job training and a high school diploma will get you started in this role.
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Projected growth data provided by the Bureau of Labr Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. Salary data provided by PayScale.com.