Endless Summer: Nine Outdoor Hobbies that Make Great Careers

Ah, summer. Those magical days spent hiking trails and treading warm ocean waters. Isn’t it a shame that all good things come to an end?…But do they really have to? With the right degree (and some sunscreen) you could find yourself working in a number of fun and fascinating careers designed for outdoorsy types just like you.

Got Puppy Love?

If you just can’t get enough of things that crawl, swim, burrow, or fly, then a career in animal sciences is for you. Here are a few popular animal-centric degree options:

  • Marine biology. You don’t have to move to the beach to study aquatic life—landlocked schools like Kansas’s Southwestern College and Ohio University offer fulfilling programs in freshwater marine biology.
  • Wildlife rescue. Humane Society International and the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association are just two resources for hundreds of wildlife careers and volunteer/internship opportunities.
  • Farm management. With a degree in farm management, you can have a wider impact on the world’s food supply by monitoring the health and productivity of pivotal species.

Paid Vacation

Time off work is a wonderful thing—so why not invest your skills in helping other people enjoy it, too? Check out these decidedly outdoorsy career paths:

  • Ecotourism. This rapidly growing discipline involves studying human interaction with the natural world. Grads can work in hundreds of locations as wilderness leaders and adventure guides.
  • Travel/hospitality services. Schools such as George Washington University and Florida International University offer undergraduate and master’s programs in this fast-paced discipline that prepares students to manage a wide variety of travel-related enterprises.
  • Theme park management. Theme park managers don’t just oversee the day-to-day customer experience; they serve vital roles in planning and development, health and safety, and resolving financial and staffing issues—all with maximum fun in mind.

The Plant Life

Digging around in the dirt can be more than just a relaxing weekend thing—turn it into a satisfying and lucrative career in one of these industries:

  • Crop science. North Carolina State University is but one of many schools where students can earn a solid education in areas related to food growth, such as genetic plant improvement and drought resistance strategies.
  • Horticulture/botany. Careers in plant life include such diverse options as wholesale growing, soil testing, and landscape architecture.
  • Forestry. This increasingly competitive field stresses math, communication skills, and knowledge of the natural world—sounds like a lot of studying, but it pays off in the form of exciting research and satisfying careers in conservation.

Why sit in an office all day when you could be doing what you love and enjoying the great outdoors? If you are undecided about a degree path, look into a program that can take you to exciting and exotic places—and keep the summer fun going all year round!


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for CollegeView.com. Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

1 Comment

  1. frances anderson

    Miss Hannah I am an older student and I have a BA in mass communication and a minor in education. I have been in the school system for a few years. However I would like to go into another profession can you give me some suggestions?

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