Careers for Doers

Dec 15, 2017

There are occupations in materials moving, installation, construction, protective services, healthcare, production and cleaning that emphasize tasks professionals perform themselves. Doers may be drawn to these hands-on job options.

Career Options for Doers

Doers do not sit on the sidelines and observe or tell others to perform a task. They are the ones who take an active role in performing tasks.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Outlook (2016-2026)*
Firefighters $48,030 7%
Physical Therapists $85,400 25%
Janitors and Building Cleaners $24,190 10%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers $39,390 5%
Electricians $52,720 9%
Wind Turbine Technicians $52,260 96%
Material Moving Machine Operators $33,890 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for Doers


Firefighters prepare for their career by earning a high school diploma or GED, completing emergency medical technician (EMT) training and passing a fire academy training program. They may be involved in putting out fires or providing medical care to people who are injured. Much of the work that firefighters do is hands-on. Those who prefer taking an active in-the-field role will find this career gives them opportunities to perform tasks throughout their workday.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists are medical professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat patients with mobility issues. They assess patients themselves, show patients exercises, and take an active role in other duties such as teaching patients about their condition. Since they treat and diagnose patients directly they are actively involved in their care. Physical therapists are required to have a doctoral degree and a license.

Janitors and Building Cleaners

Janitors and building cleaners are responsible for ensuring buildings are sanitary and stocked with supplies. They perform a number of physical tasks such as mopping, repairing minor damage, replacing supplies and shoveling sidewalks. Since they perform these and other tasks daily this is an ideal job for people who prefer to do things themselves. They can learn through on-the-job training and do not have any set educational requirements.

Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers

Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers can start work with a high school diploma or GED, although completing a postsecondary program may be an asset when seeking work. These production professionals work with metal to prepare it to be formed into a product. They take an active role in joining pieces of metal or cutting metal. This is a hands-on career option that may appeal to people who like to complete tasks themselves.


Electricians take an active role in installing electrical equipment and wiring. They also fix existing electrical systems. They need to have physical strength and stamina because of the active nature of their work. With a high school diploma it's possible to pursue an apprenticeship, and electricians can also complete a technical school program to prepare for this career.

Wind Turbine Technicians

Wind turbine technicians can prepare for their career by completing a certificate or associate's degree. They repair damaged wind turbines and also install new wind turbines. They are directly responsible for testing the systems, installing turbines and evaluating how well the equipment is working. They must also be strong and capable of prolonged periods of physical labor because this is an active, hands-on installation career.

Material Moving Machine Operators

Materials moving machine operators move things from place to place with equipment such as cranes. They must maintain and repair their equipment and they are directly responsible for the operation of the equipment that they use. It's common for employers to require material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma, and practical experience operating forklifts or other types of equipment is usually necessary to prepare for operating more complex equipment. Since they are actively involved with equipment operations, doers may find this an appealing career option.

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