Most of us, when we are stuck behind a desk in a stuffy office, on a glorious hot summer day, wish that we worked outdoors. Of course, in reality that could mean that we worked in frost, snow, ice, fog, torrential rain and more but usually we tend to forget about that. Here are some outdoor occupations.

Construction worker.

This could be a bricklayer, plumber, roofer, excavator, scaffold erector and the like. The image of these workers in our mind's eye is a tanned body with clothes stripped down to the waist working hard in the hot sun. Of course, in truth it will sometimes be a worker bundled up in close, soaking wet, cold and knee deep in mud.

Police officer.

This could be a highway or traffic police officer, a British Bobby on the beat, or an officer in a squad car.


Working the earth is satisfying but it can be hard work. You may be planting out small gardens or parks, cutting grass, digging flowerbeds, landscaping gardens or be a grounds man.

Fishermen and Fisherwomen.

The fishermen who trawl the seas to keep us fed spend most of their working time braced against the weather outdoors at sea.

Road sweeper.

This may not be the most lucrative or challenging occupation but you will be outdoors all the time as you literally walk the streets.

Transport provider

Whether you are a taxicab, bus or train driver, you will be working outdoors, well almost.


Members of the ambulance service and paramedics spend most of there working day travelling around outdoors.

Estate Agent

If you are a real estate agent, you will be out and about, as you take your clients to view prospective homes, or to assess a home, which will be going on the market soon. Yes, you will have to touch base with the office occasionally but that could be minimal.

Travelling salesperson or representative.

Some jobs still involve constantly travelling on the road. Insurance loss adjusters, some sales people and sales reps often travel constantly.

Freelance work.

With modern day technology, so many occupations could be performed outdoors. With a trusty laptop computer, the world is your limit.

News Reporter

As a reporter for the press, or a member of the paparazzi, the outdoors could be where you will be based.

Bridge builder or maintenance person.

As long as you have a head for heights, working on various bridges may be a good outdoor job for you.

Wedding photographer.

Enjoy the art of photography whilst you earn some money and make someone's big day extra special.

Travel representative.

Not only outdoors, this job could entail working abroad in a great location.

Traffic warden

Traffic wardens are not usually popular but it is an outdoor occupation, which may suit you.

Market trader

Under cover of the market stall canopy, you will otherwise be working outdoors all day.

Farmer or farm hand

Get back to the earth and your roots.

Here are a few more such as

Park ranger, Outdoor Swimming pool attendant, Road crossing attendant or as they are called in the UK Lollipop man or Lollipop woman, Animal or bird trainer, Zoo keeper, Animal rescuer, Window Cleaner, Tree surgeon, Dog walker and Refuse collector.

There will no doubt be many more, and some that are highly unusual.