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Jobs for Active People

Careers that involve constant movement or physical challenges may be a good fit for active people. Learn about several career options for active people in different fields, as well as their salaries and expected job growth.

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Career Options for Active People

Active people may enjoy a career that requires them to move frequently and/or participate in various activities throughout the day. Some may enjoy doing this through sport- and fitness-related occupations, while others may enjoy jobs that require some physicality and are fast-paced. Below we have listed a variety of potential career options for active people.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors $38,160 8%
Firefighters $48,030 5%
Recreation Workers $23,870 10%
Umpires, Referees and Other Sports Officials $25,660 5%
Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers $66,360 -2% (Decline)
Childcare Workers $21,170 5%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs for Active People

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Active people may enjoy sharing various exercises and physical activities that are a part of their own lifestyles by becoming a fitness trainer or aerobics instructor. These workers may lead individuals or groups of people in activities, like strength training, stretching, aerobics classes and more, by first demonstrating the activity and then monitoring the attempts of their clients. Often, these trainers and instructors are also qualified to perform first aid as needed and provide their clients with health-related information on various topics, such as nutrition or weight control. Many of these workers need professional certification, but requirements vary by employer.

Firefighters

A job as a firefighter can be dangerous and often physically challenging, which may appeal to an active person. Firefighters must be prepared for a variety of situations that might require them to rescue victims and provide emergency medical care. They are also trained to put out fires, drive emergency vehicles and educate the public about fire safety. Firefighters must usually be 18 years or older and hold a high school diploma. They must also complete a fire academy program and become certified as emergency medical technicians. Successful medical exams and physical fitness assessments are also among the requirements to enter this profession.

Recreation Workers

Active people may enjoy a job as a recreation worker, as these workers stay busy leading a variety of recreational activities for diverse groups of people. Recreation workers may work with groups of children or adults to teach them sports, dance, arts and crafts, horseback riding and more. They are often responsible for setting up equipment and supplies for the activities and must monitor the participants to ensure their safety and adherence to the rules of the activity. Recreation workers usually need a high school diploma and on-the-job training.

Umpires, Referees and Other Sports Officials

Umpires, referees and other sports officials are usually required to be at least somewhat active as they monitor various sporting events, which could appeal to active people, especially those who love sports. These officials often run alongside or remain close to athletes in order to enforce rules, signal infractions and charge penalties. Depending on the sport, they may need to inspect equipment, keep time or even determine a winner at the end of competition. Most of these professionals have a high school diploma and strong knowledge of the sport they officiate, but these and other requirements vary by sport and state.

Farmers, Ranchers and Other Agricultural Managers

Active people may enjoy a job as a farmer, rancher or other agricultural manager. These positions can be physically demanding and require the completion of a wide variety of tasks. Depending on the type of facility they oversee, managers' job duties can range from feeding and breeding livestock or dairy animals to planting and harvesting crops. These managers are also responsible for maintaining facilities and equipment, handling finances, selling products and making decisions concerning the raising of crops and/or livestock. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers get most of their training on-the-job, but many have a high school diploma as well.

Childcare Workers

As most people know, young children can hardly sit still for long and are very active themselves; therefore, active people may enjoy a job as a childcare worker. Childcare workers may supervise infants to school-aged children while their families are away, which may require them to feed, bathe and play with the children. Childcare workers often help school-age children complete their homework, plan activities for the kids and help them establish healthy habits and routines. Depending on their employer and state in which they work, these workers may need certification or no formal education at all.

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