Don't Want to be a Desk Jockey? Try These 7 Alternative Careers

by JT Ripton | January 22, 2015

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7 Non-Desk Careers

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Chemical Engineer

With an average annual pay of $104,340, a chemical engineer might work to create everything, including fuel, foods, chemicals and medications. While many work in offices, some can work in a lab or facility instead. This is a technical field that requires careful consideration and specification, without the boring atmosphere of an office place.

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Are you bored out of your mind even considering a 9-5 behind the confines of a desk? Sitting at a desk in a cubicle isn't for everyone. There are plenty of career options out there that are interesting and keep you out in the field. Some require extensive education while others have lower average salaries. But, if experiencing new things or places is what you want from a career, then, according to Vault contributor JT Ripton, these seven positions might just be perfect for you.

JT Ripton is a freelance business, marketing and career advice writer, who has written for sites like,, and more. You can follow him on Twitter @JTRipton.

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