8 outdoor jobs to escape from the office

Outdoor jobs come in many shapes, sizes

Working in the outdoors doesn't mean you have to be a mountain climber guide or be employed by the Boy Scouts. There are lots of outdoor jobs that will earn you a good salary and some are seeing better-than-average growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS.

But just as the types of outdoor jobs you can get vary, so do the salaries, educational requirements and the places where you'll work. For instance, according to Bill Beckner, the research manager at Ashburn, Va.-based National Recreation and Park Association, a landscape architect would need four years of college and can earn on average $50,000 to $80,000 per year.

Meanwhile, a surveyor job requires four years of schooling plus four years of experience to get licensed and brings home an annual salary of as much as $80,000, according to Curtis Sumner, the executive director of the Frederick, Md.-based National Society of Professional Surveyors. With that in mind, here's a look at eight outdoor jobs that are growing or are poised to grow -- and what it takes to land a job.

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You don't have to be a park ranger or a Boy Scout leader to work outside.

If you're ready to escape the office, there are all kinds of jobs out there in the great outdoors.

Jobs for landscape architects are expected to grow 16 percent this decade, and median annual pay is about $62,000. Public sector jobs have taken a hit with budget cuts, but those in the private sector can work for a large firm, a mom and pop shop, or for themselves.

Archeologists do more than dig for ancient bones. They work wherever federal money is used for construction. They determine the archeological significance of a plot of land before work can begin. Pest management techs are always in demand. They earn a livable wage and don't need a college degree to land a job with a company like Orkin or Terminex.



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