10 Careers that Help you Ditch the Desk

For many people, the phrase “go to work” conjures up images of rows of cubicles with desks, with people hunched over their computers, typing furiously.  While some people thrive in this type of environment, others wither and long for a job that doesn’t keep them chained to a desk all day.

Although desk work sometimes seems to be the norm, the truth is that sitting at a desk all day long can put a serious strain on the human body. A number of repetitive motion injuries are tied to desk jobs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Other ailments linked to low-activity desk jobs are eyestrain, back pain, and even colon cancer.

Are you ready to start looking for a job that will free you from desk drudgery? Check out these 10 free-moving careers to see if they might be a good match for you:

1.   Nurse
Even in today’s economy, nurses typically have no trouble getting hired. You can work in a hospital, a clinic or as a home aid. The only time you’ll find yourself sitting as a nurse is while you are updating a patient’s chart or attending meetings. Formal education is a must in this field, so if you are interested, you will need to look into a nursing degree.

2.   Teacher
So many people imagine teachers as sitting behind a desk lined with apples. Today’s teachers are active, working their way around the classroom , assisting students, and sharing presentations. You might find yourself at a desk to plan lessons, but most of the time you’ll be up and about – especially if you are a grade school teacher.

3.   Police Officer
Whether you are driving in a police cruiser or patrolling on foot, you’ll rarely find yourself behind a desk as a police officer. End of shift reporting is a necessity, but other than that, you are in the field protecting America’s citizens.

4.  Physical and Occupational Therapists
Therapists work hands-on, side-by-side with their patients, guiding them to wellness. You might sit at a desk to fill out paperwork now and again, but the majority of your time will be spent assisting your patients. A master’s degree is typically needed for both physical and occupational therapy.

5.  Veterinarian
Love animals?  Get up close and personal with pets, keeping them healthy and treating their ailments.  Like other medical professionals, you’ll sit down to keep your records, but most of the time you’ll be hands-on.  If you live in a rural area, you might even find yourself making house calls!

6.  Tour Guide
Like to travel? Do you have a particular location you are an expert in? Why not be a tour guide and share your enthusiasm with tourists every day?  If you are comfortable speaking in public, this could be a fun choice for you. Of course, this role requires ample on-site training and many tour companies require their employers to hold a college degree.

7.  Cosmetician
If you appreciate beauty in everyone and enjoy beautifying others with hair, makeup, or beauty treatments, this could be a great job choice.

8.  Event Planner
Although you might spend a little time at your desk organizing and managing the pre-work of events, you’ll also get to attend parties — as part of your job!  Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

9.  Flight Attendant
If you have the urge to travel and enjoy assisting others, you might enjoy a career as a flight attendant.  Often, airlines provide free travel vouchers to exotic destinations for the people who work for them.

10.  Nanny / Childcare Worker
Love kids? Childcare positions let you spend all day with them: playing, teaching, helping them grow.  Many nannies find themselves as an important part of a child’s life and love the constant stream of surprises and fun that caring for children brings. Consider an early childhood education degree if you are interested in this career path.

About the Author. This is a guest article by NannyJobs.org. If you’re looking for a job that will get you out of the office, try NannyJobs.org, and site that helps match caregivers to families.

About Allison Freeland

Allie Freeland is the Editor-in-Chief of CollegeOnline.org. She has been a professional writer for a decade and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. She brings a wealth of information about higher education, online degrees, college life, and career advice. Follow her on G+.