[This article was written by Kara Masterson.]
Being stuck in a job that you do not particularly care for is a soul-crushing situation that can be exacerbated when the physical workplace is a cubicle farm. Office layouts featuring hundreds of cubicles have been widely parodied in films such as “Office Space,” but the reality is that they are no laughing matter for workers whose burnout conditions result in repulsion for their jobs. In recent years, some workplaces have been playing with the idea of returning to the days of open office plans; while this solution worked out for some employees, others became convinced that office life is simply not for them.
Not everyone is cut out to be an office drone. Let’s say you work in the billing department of a solar energy utility; if you are the kind of employee who feels better working outdoors, you would be better off transferring to a position that involves checking on residential and commercial meters. With this in mind, here are four jobs that will take you outside the office:
Wind Turbine Technician
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine technicians have a great job outlook in terms of demand from now until the year 2026. In the world of clean electricity generation, wind power farms are dominating over geothermal and solar energy generation plants because of advanced turbine technology with taller towers and longer blade spans.
Emergency Medical Technician
This job is not for everyone, but it will rarely put you in an office. If you are part of an ambulance crew, you will be expected to respond to life-saving situations, but you may also have to work in an emergency room or at a rescue station.
Hardware Support Technician
The cloud computing paradigm has resulted in more employment opportunities for hardware technicians who are rarely confined to cubicles. A current trend in this occupational field is for technicians to travel from one data center to another.
Demand for operators of tractor-trailers and related equipment has always remained steady in North America. Even with considerable research being conducted in the autonomous driving technology field, transportation analysts believe that we are still decades away from self-driving trucks. You can drive for a company and take their routes or make your own business and make your own ours. You’ll have to loo for arrow truck sales and start making contacts. This job is ideal for people who enjoy independence and the feel of driving across the country.
In the end, you do not have to be stuck in an office cubicle until you reach retirement age. Young workers should put in the extra effort to transition to another job if they wish to avoid suffering from cubicle fever for the rest of their lives.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.