Outdoor Industry Employers
The magazine Outdoors puts out a list which names the best companies with outside jobs.1 Some of these offer real jobs working in the outdoors, and others involve working with outdoor sports equipment. Some of these jobs are a lot of fun, and they may also offer great benefits.
Industries That Have Fun Outside Jobs
There are many different ways to get a fun job in an outdoor industry. Here are some activities you can find in some outdoor jobs:
- Winter and snow sports
- Climbing/Mountaineering Industry
- Wilderness Travel Industry
- Hunting/Shooting Industry
- Fitness Industry
- Bicycle Industry
How to Break Into an Outdoor Industry
Many companies that provide opportunities to work outside and the best companies that manufacture and sell sports equipment or outdoor apparel. They primarily look for representatives who can also serve as consultants or independent contractors.
Oftentimes, you may also have an opportunity to work as a guide or as an instructor in one of these areas. Companies look for experience and passion about what you do, whether you have become an expert skier, a bike mechanic, a mountain climber, etc.
Top Companies That Offer Outdoor Work
The 2009 list from Outdoors names companies that it considers to be the best that offer outside work. The top seven companies include:
- Intrepid Travel
- Natural Habitat Adventures
- Clif Bar & Company
- Smith Optics
- Tabar, Inc
- Dominion Digital, Inc.
- SmartWool Corporation.
Looking at some of these companies and what they offer, you will quickly see that it can be pretty exciting. Intrepid Travel, for instance, gives tour guides to wild and exotic places and specializes in taking travelers “with a yearning to get off the beaten track,” their Website says. JobMonkey has an extensive tour guide jobs section that shouldn’t be missed.
Other companies on the list vary widely, but they offer great opportunities for fun in the sun, and work, too.
Some other names include Carmichael Lynch, Adventure Life Journeys, TriSports.com, Eagle Creek, and Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor (ASWO), to name just a few.
If you either enjoy the outdoors, or are looking to break out of your cubicle for new experiences, you may want to try to obtain work from one of these outdoor industry companies. After all, isn’t it time you had some fun while you work?