8 outdoor jobs to escape from the office


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Working in the outdoors doesn’t mean you have to be a mountain climber guide or be employed by the Boy Scouts. There are many 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 kinds of outdoor jobs you can get vary, so do the salaries, educational requirements and the locales where you’ll work. For instance, according to Bill Beckner, the research manager at Ashburn, Virginia-bacompased National Recreation and Park Association, a landscape architect would need 4 years of college and can earn on average $68,600 per year.

Meanwhile, a surveyor job requires 4 years of schooling plus 4 years of experience to get licensed and brings home an average annual salary of $61,880, according to Curtis Sumner, the executive director of the Frederick, Maryland-based National Society of Professional Surveyors.

With that in mind, here’s a rundown at 8 outdoor jobs that are growing or are poised to grow — and what it takes to land a job.

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