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Outdoor Related Jobs

 In our present economy where jobs are being moved or lost, a good idea is to consider looking for a job in a field that cannot go away because it is connected to a resource that does not move.

An example of this in my state of Michigan is a job that is somehow related to the Great Lakes. Since the lakes are here to stay, so are many of the jobs that deal with them.

For more information. check out http://outdoornews.com/michigan/blogs/mike_schoonveld/article_de973dce-45ab-11e0-8528-001cc4c03286.html

 

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I have always wanted to work

I have always wanted to work in the outdoors, and am sort of in that arean.

However, I would like to work more directly for wildlife, maybe as a criminal investigator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Problem is, most of the jobs that came open are in places my wife wouldn't be caught dead. lol

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Although I love to be in the

Although I love to be in the outdoors and go as often as I can and will brave nearly any weather conditions when doing so, I am happy to be able to stay inside for work. I don't have to be up on a roof when it's snowing or baking in the sun all summer. Of course I have been at the same job for 24 years now and pretty solid for the future. If I was in need of a job I would take anything no matter where it would be and looking to the outdoors could be a big plus.

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You will find that where

You will find that where money and the economy is concerned that no job is safe when it comes to having to downsize or cut the budget somewhere.  I made that mistake one time and figured that the job that I had would always be there and didn't worry about it.  I found out that the job was still there after I was laid off but it was being done by another worker that had more time.  It ended up being that the company figured that they would do with less employees doing more work than with more employees doing less work.  When ever you think that your job is safe it is time to rethink the idea, and if you think that the company that you work for can't get along without you then that is when you need to rethink you idea.  They quite possibly got along before you showed up and will in all possibilities get along quite well after you leave.     

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getting along without you

Amen, Critter; Many years ago when I was in my early twenties, and quite cocky about my ability, my boss told me that he could go uptown and hire someone to replace me right off the sidewalk that same day.  Being the wise azz that I was in them days, I told him to go ahead because I quit.  I packed up my tools and away I went never looking back.  I found out a few days later that that is exactly what he had done.  Before a week went by, someone was doing the work I had been doing.  Moral of the story; Like Critter said, someone was doing the job before you arrived, and someone will be doing it after you leave. 

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Don't get me wrong as I have

Don't get me wrong as I have no illusions of them needing me personaly for the job I do but at least I am near the top in a seniority based company with thousands of people and as long as I don't do something stupid I should be okay. But I do know there are no guarantees in life for anything.

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forget everything else and

If you can find a job that you love to do (outdoors or otherwise) your career is made.  You will excel at it because it is something that you actually enjoy.  Not many of us have that blessing. 

I think most folks are in the same boat I am - we do our job and have good days but really its for teh paycheck.  There's no way I'd get out of bed and do this if I wasn't paid to come to work. 

If you can find a job that you would do for free - forget everything else and go for it.

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Won't do it.

I won't make the same mistake twice.  I already took two hobbies and liesure enjoyment activities I had as a teenager and turned them into professions after college.  Making both of them a career quickly took the passion out of those things.  As a teen I had three loves in life - hunting, flying, and hobby mechanic.  I became a private pilot by 17 years old and got FAA certified as an A/P aircraft mechanic shortly after college, and was an ATP (airline transport pilot) by the age of 24.  Now more than 20 years later aviation (the entire industry) is just a job to me.  I won't do that with hunting or fishing.  I enjoy those activites way too much.

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I thought about this some

I thought about this some myself. I'm sure there are some outdoor jobs that you could love forever but others not so much.

I remember reading a number of years ago an interview by some pro bass fisherman when asked about how great it must be to fish every day. His response surprised the interviewer when he said he really never had fun anymore," If I don't catch fish I don't get paid. I'm only working out here."

Same thing a long time ago when I think it was a Browning archery rep that got busted poaching in 2 or 3 states. He said if I don't kill big bucks I lose my sponsorship and can't pay the bills.

Although I would love to hunt a LOT more it's the saving and anticipation that makes me go to work and then truly appreciate what I have accomplished. But of course a little more money would be nice for those big hunts I will never get to go on. Huh?

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