Sick of Sitting? 5 Desk Job Alternatives to Consider

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For most people, working is a necessity not a choice. There is however usually some flexibility in the type of job you do and environment you work in. Office life isn’t for everyone. If you’re the type of person who prefers to be on your feet and shudders at the thought of being ‘stuck’ in a cubicle all day, one of these industries may be just what you’re looking for.

1. Hospitality

From waitressing and bartending through to venue management or even training as a chef, work in a service based industry like hospitality is a great office alternative. The transient nature of hospitality means that there is nearly always work available and there are many different roles that you can look into. There are some mandatory certifications that all workers are required by law to hold (Food Handlers/Responsible Service of Alcohol etc) so make sure you complete the fail proof qualifications from a registered training provider like etrainu before you start applying for jobs.

2. Trades & Services

Getting a trade qualification is a great way to stay out of the office and moving about. While you may get long term project placement, for the most part your workplace will be changing all the time as you move from client to client and back to the depot. Once you’re qualified, having a trade usually means you can command high wages and even have the opportunity to start your own business down the track.

3. Medical Professional

Going into the medical fields offer not only a dynamic work environment, but also the opportunity to have a rewarding and fulfilling career. Whether you choose to do formal tertiary qualifications to be a healthcare provider or take on a support role, no two days will ever be the same. It’s also a career path that can have global opportunities – health care is a universal need, so there are many chances for medical professionals to work or volunteer abroad.

4. Creative Producer

Photographer, filmmaker, musician – there are many viable career paths for you to use your talent and escape the 9 – 5 lifestyle. It can be gruelling work trying to get your break and making a living off your craft can include some really long hours but the payoff is exponential when you get to do what you love every day.

5. Tourism

The tourism industry is another great way to incorporate things you’re passionate about into your career. It’s not always Monday to Friday work but there are limitless opportunities to choose from that get you out from behind the desk. Some positions can be done from entry level, others may require some specific training.

The daily grind of working business hours and being inside all day isn’t for everyone. If that’s not the lifestyle you want for yourself, why not consider looking to one of these industries where you can set your own career path and incorporate something a little different into your work life. Are you in a non-office based career?