“Adventure” seems like a buzzword today, with more people interested in living creatively, whether it’s with grand gestures and gap year travel plans or on a smaller scale with micro-adventures dotting daily life.
If you don’t want to squeeze in your favorite type of adventure to non-working hours, consider one of these career avenues for the adventure seeker.
If you want to travel
1) Cruise Director
A cruise director is in charge of entertainment for everyone on board a cruise, which means they organize performances, arrange games and trivia sessions, and have a ton of face-to-face contact with the guests and crew. For outgoing travel lovers, becoming a cruise director is taxing – you have to work for several months straight – but one of the best ways to explore the world and get paid for it.
Individual cruise lines may require a degree in hospitality or a hospitality-related field. However, some cruise lines may only need work experience. Many cruise directors don’t have a degree but have worked in a hospitality setting, like a hotel or restaurant. Or, the cruise director may have worked their way up from other positions on the ship.
According to Job Monkey, cruise directors can make between $3,000 and $7,000 per month.
Pilots have a great responsibility: the safety of their crew and passengers. Having this significant a role is exciting on its own, but pilots have the added benefit of soaring through the skies, seeing the sunrise from a front row seat and traveling all around the globe. They also have the advantage of being in high demand.
Becoming a pilot takes a lot of time and training. You’ll need to pass exams and classes, complete an 18-month course, and demonstrate advanced ability.
Once you’ve made it, though, you’ll be rewarded with a sizeable salary, which can help soften the blow of being away from home so often: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, airline and commercial pilots have a median pay of $111,930 per year.
If you’re tech-savvy
3) Cyber Security
For some people, adventure is about letting their mind explore and working in a fast-paced environment more than traveling or engaging in adrenaline-pumping sports.
For tech-savvy computer lovers who get a rush from solving (and, more importantly, preventing) problems, consider a job in cybersecurity. These IT leaders solve even the most complex problems using their skills and imagination.
There’s not one must-travel road to becoming a cybersecurity expert. You can go to college for IT, take online courses and certifications, or receive on-the-job training.
4) Forensic Science Technician
For anyone who gets a thrill from detective shows or true crime stories, a job in forensics may be just the type of adventure you’re looking for. While a forensic science tech is an entry-level job, it’s a great way to get started and receive valuable on-the-job training.
You’ll need a bachelor degree in forensic science to become a forensic science tech.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for this job is $57,850 per year.
If you want to help people
5) 911 Dispatcher
If you excel at staying unflustered in an emergency where every second count, consider becoming a 911 dispatcher, you’ll be the first point of contact when someone needs help. You’ll keep the caller calm, gather information and contact the correct emergency responders. It’s an excellent career choice if you’re looking for a way to help people while thinking quickly and trusting your on-the-fly judgment.
While you don’t need a college degree to become a 911 dispatcher, it can help you perform better at your job and may set you apart from other applicants. Consider training or an educational background in a related field, like communications, criminal justice or public safety.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police, fire and ambulance dispatchers earn an average of $39,640 per year or a little more than $19 per hour.
6) Search and Rescue Pilot
If you love to be in the air and feel that your calling is to help others, consider a career as a search and rescue pilot. You’ll travel to some of the most gorgeous and remote parts of the world while battling extreme weather conditions. You’ll find, treat and save people who are stranded or who have life-threatening injuries – there’s nothing more rewarding than that.
According to Hillsboro Aero Academy, helicopter search and rescue pilots are required to get certifications and ratings from a training school. By the end of the program, you should have more than 200 hours of flight time. For entry-level positions, you’ll need about five times that amount of flight time, though, which you can achieve by becoming a flight instructor.
According to Salary.com, the average income for a helicopter pilot is $93,726 per year.
If you have an artistic side
7) Commercial Real Estate Photographer
Having an artistic side and being able to work in a creative career can feel adventurous all on its own. If you love being behind the camera and you have an appreciation for real estate, consider a job as a commercial real estate photographer. With today’s technology, you can carve out a niche for yourself in the real estate drone photography market. You’ll use your imagination to compose shots that will compete with other photographers while thinking about the best way to frame the commercial property, literally and figuratively.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, photographers typically have a high school diploma or equivalent. However, as with many creative careers, your portfolio may speak louder than your education.
8) Freelance Writer
The beauty of being a freelance writer is that both your job and your life can be adventurous. You can choose to write about bold topics by becoming an outdoor sports enthusiast or a travel blogger, for example, or you can design your work schedule so that you have plenty of time to travel and live the type of life you dream about. You can do both, too, and be surrounded by fun and adventure all the time.
You don’t need a particular background to be a freelance writer, though having a business background can help with the administrative side of things. Also, some clients will want to see a degree in a writing-related field, like English or journalism.
It’s hard to nail down how much freelance writing pays per year because it depends on your niche(s), experience and how much you work. The most important thing, though, is that it’s possible to make a livable income freelance writing.
Finding the career that’s perfectly adventurous for you depends on how you define “adventure.” It can be internal or external, peaceful or wild, and time-consuming or time-freeing.