5 quirky careers for those who love the outdoors

5 quirky careers for those who love the outdoors
SEEK content teamupdated on 08 December, 2023

Is your idea of a great career one where you’re outside instead of in an office? The good news is, there are so many different kinds of jobs for people who love the outdoors. Want to get your hands dirty and become an expert in certain types of minerals? Or maybe you’d prefer a role that isn’t on land. There’s plenty to choose from. Here are five outdoor jobs that’ll expand your horizons.


Interested in studying the earth and its mineral deposits, or surveying the land and naturally occurring events like earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions? Geologists do all that and more. With a mix of field work, laboratory and computer-based work, Geologists’ roles are exciting and varied, but generally revolve around exploring the earth for resources such as metals, oil, natural gas and water, or studying the changes of the earth over time, such as climate change and land formation. They typically get paid between $120k and $140k. 


A Metallurgist is an expert in metals and minerals. They oversee, develop and test processes used in metal extraction and in the alloying and casting of materials to produce commercial metal products. Metallurgists often work in mines or metal production sites, in collaboration with engineers and geologists. But they can also be based in laboratories, if they’re working in a research capacity. They can be employed by organisations in the mining and resources, finance, research and development and chemical engineering industries. Metallurgists commonly earn between $120k and $140k.


Want a role you can get really fired up about? Consider becoming a Shotfirer. They prepare, position and detonate explosives used to demolish buildings and structures or dislodge rocks and soil. Shotfirers work predominantly outdoors and underground. It can be dirty, loud and high-risk work, so it suits people who are comfortable with those conditions, who are also analytical and can enjoy manual work of a technical nature. Shotfirers usually command salaries between $120k and $140k.

4.Marine Surveyor

Do you get a kick out of large boats? Are you happy being outside in all kinds of weather conditions? Marine Surveying could be an ideal career for you. It requires inspecting marine vessels, from planning to construction, with a focus on safety, quality and industry-standard compliance. Marine Surveyors are also called upon to make repair recommendations, investigate accidents, and sometimes appear in court as experts. If this sounds exciting to you, look into getting a diploma of maritime operations. As a Marine Surveyor, you can expect to earn between $120k and $140k.

5.Environmental Engineer 

Interested in developing innovative solutions to environmental problems? Environmental Engineers use engineering, biology, chemistry and soil science to address issues relating to public health, air pollution, recycling, waste disposal and water quality. They also create innovative solutions for sustainable development. The role involves collating and analysing scientific data, designing and managing environmental protection projects, and preparing and reviewing investigative reports. The most common salary for an Environmental Engineer is between $100k and $120k.


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