If the thought of spending your working life trapped behind a desk is a little too much for you to bear, never fear; there happens to be boundless ways to make a living while staying active at the same time. Here we’ll look at some of the best non desk jobs for those who’d rather not sit all day long.
1. Day Care Worker
Are you great with kids and looking for an ultra-active job? If so, this is it! Between all the walking, running and playing to the inevitable lifting and carrying, day care work requires a high level of activity just to keep up. This important role also entails a huge amount of mental and emotional energy, which makes it the perfect choice for those with a good imagination, plenty of patience, and a calm demeanour.
Australia’s 150,000 day care workers make an average of $48,000 per year and most have completed at least a Certificate III in Education Support or another education course which are the perfect way to get the skills needed to enter this active and rewarding industry.
This fast-paced profession requires far more than just a love of cooking, as you’ll also need plenty of strength, precision and endurance. If you enjoy working with others and have the ability to stay calm under pressure then this is the career path for you. The job doesn’t stop when food service is over either because chefs are also commonly tasked with shift planning, menu creation and staff development duties as well.
Most of Australia’s chefs get their start via apprenticeship programs which typically include a Certificate or Diploma of Culinary Arts as well as four years of on-the-job training, and executive chefs can make upwards of $100,000 every year.
Want a job where you get to be active and help people at the same time? If so, consider nursing. Not only will you be on your feet for every shift but you’ll need plenty of physical strength and endurance, with nurses being a vital service needed around the clock.
Nursing is also one of Australia’s most highly respected and in-demand professions with an average income of around $69,888 per year and the best way to get started is by taking medical science courses, such as a Diploma of Nursing to become an enrolled nurse in Australia.
If you feel more comfortable behind a lens than a desk you’ll love your life as a professional photographer, because in this creative role you get to spend most of your time playing with light, experimenting with angles and capturing some of lifes most special moments. You can choose to specialise in the type of photography that interests you most, such as weddings, sports, or photojournalism.
The chances of exploring the world and capturing moments through your lenses is what attracts so many to this profession. There are just over 13,000 professional photographers now working throughout Australia earning an average of $54,367. Better yet, many choose to become a freelance photographer after undergoing a photography course so the ability to be your own boss is another benefit of this dynamic and creative industry.
5. Animal Care Worker
If you are an animal lover looking for a job that isn’t so inactive, consider your search over, because any career working with animals will allow you to get a huge amount of exercise, have access to all the fresh air and sunshine your heart desires, and spend every day given unconditional love by a variety of animals.
An animal trainer or attendant can earn over $40,000 per year, with those at a senior level earning over $50,000 and qualifications in animal care vary according to these specific jobs. If you’re after a rewarding job surrounded by animals big and small, then this career is a perfect move and better yet, there’s almost no chance of being stuck behind a desk.
6. Performer of the Arts
Whether you’re a singer, dancer, storyteller, acrobat, juggler or musician; if you are good at what you do you can get paid to perform anywhere from weddings and parties to community festivals, or perhaps even work for professional touring companies such as Cirque du Soleil. While the pay can be small to non-existent at first and the limelight hard to come by, nothing compares to doing what you love for a living and the potential earnings are huge, especially considering that ageing rockers AC/DC raked in a staggering $67.5 million last year alone.
Touring, travel and attending a whole range of events are one of the biggest features of the arts and one of the reasons why so many choose to take up their passion as a profession. Consider one of the many arts courses on offer to start honing your skills and generating a career from your talents.
As far as the best non-desk jobs go, this age-old and extremely popular trade combines hours of standing and heavy lifting with high precision work and the majority of a carpenter’s time will usually be spent outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. Most of Australia’s carpenters get their start through a carpentry apprenticeship that combines courses such as a Certificate IV in Building and construction with several years of on-the-job training and a typical week involves working Monday to Friday from around 7-am until 3-pm. The average income for carpenters in Australia right now is approximately $58,240 P/A.
8. Conservation Officer
This fascinating job is perfect for those who are fit, strong and passionate about the environment. Conservation officers are tasked with studying, monitoring and protecting natural areas and daily tasks can include anything from species observation, trail clearing to invasive plant removal. You’ll need to have an eye for detail, a love for the outdoors and a readiness to work in any and all conditions, while a background in science is an absolute must.
A qualification in conservation and land management is a great way to start your career in this much-needed career which will have a profound impact on sustainability in years to come. Australia’s conservation officers are also quite well paid, with experienced professionals making upward of$83,300 every year.
9. Landscape Gardener
As a landscape gardener, you have the chance to be surrounded by the outdoors each and every day, which is something that isn’t offered in many careers. Some of the daily work of landscapers can include anything from mowing lawns and pruning trees to paving patios and sculpting water features.
You’ll need to be someone who enjoys working alone as well as part of a team and be resilient enough to work in any and all conditions, often while hauling heavy tools and equipment. Studying a short course in horticulture will certainly help and Australia’s 65,000 landscape gardeners currently earn an average of $50,000 every year.
10. Fitness Instructor
This highly energetic job will essentially pay you to stay in shape, providing of course, that you’re willing to help others do so too. The majority of fitness instructors spend their days working in gyms showing members how to use equipment properly, while many also lead classes in specialised skills such as Pilates, Cross-fit and Kettlebell. Apart from being an extremely active job, you’ll also meet plenty of like-minded people and get to share in the joy of helping others to achieve their personal goals.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a personal trainer, coach or gym instructor, there’s plenty of fitness courses such as a Certificate III in Fitness available Australia-wide which can assist you in taking that first step towards this rewarding career path. This is also a rather lucrative job, as fitness instructors in Australia can make up to $83,000
If you have a good memory, a friendly personality and want a job that’ll have you up and active all shift long, consider bartending. You will be on your feet constantly, called on to do some occasional heavy lifting and this busy job also provides a fantastic way to meet a whole lot of people, both as customers and co-workers.
While shifts will often include evenings and weekends you can certainly make a lot of money quickly, as Australia’s bartenders earn between $18 and $24/hr not including tips and penalty loadings. To get started, you’ll simply need to be at least 18 years old and successfully complete a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course
12. House Painter
If you’ve got a good eye, a steady hand and are looking for a job where you rarely ever sit, you will love house painting. While the days can be long and tiring; some tasks involve dealing with heights and you will need to be strong enough to carry heavy equipment and supplies; house painting is also an extremely gratifying profession that will get you fit and strong fast.
Best of all, you don’t need any formal education to get started and the pay isn’t bad either, with Australia’s 47,000 plus house painters currently earning an average of $51,000 every year.
The best way to find your ideal non desk job is by doing some research, sharpening your skills and seeking out tips and advice wherever possible. But whatever you do, aim for a job that you’ll look forward to every day; after all, the right job should do far more than just pay the bills, it should make you feel great to be alive!