At some point in our lives, many of us have dreamed about dropping everything, packing up our things and traveling the world. But for those of us trying to manage our careers, the logistics of packing up and leaving can be difficult to overcome.
If traveling is your passion, there’s good news: you don’t have to wait until you retire to see the world. No matter your background, there are career options available to you that will let you travel while you work -- and you don’t even have to work in the sales, travel or hospitality industries to make it happen.
Kevin Spence, founder and CEO of the website Career Thoughts, spends a lot of time looking at different careers and helping his readers figure out which one is right for them. Spence put together this list of careers that are perfect for people who love to travel.
Field service engineer
When it comes right down to it, field service engineers are essentially traveling customer service representatives. When a customer needs help with the installation or repair of a product, field service engineers are dispatched to help. If employed by a company with worldwide clients, this career can require extensive travel to interesting places.
A career as an auditor will provide you with a lot of great travel opportunities. Sure, you may not always get to see the most exotic locations, but auditors often spend a few weeks or more at each stop, making it one of the few careers where you have time to explore the new places you visit.
Exploration geologists help resource extraction companies identify the most profitable places from which to extract natural resources. Since extraction tends to happen in places that aren’t very well-populated, exploration geologists get to travel to some of the most remote regions of the world, and can be away from home for months at a time.
Companies hire consultants to fix specific problems. Because their knowledge is so specialized, a consultant’s client base is often spread all over the country (or even around the world). Maintaining a positive relationship with clients requires regular on-site visits, making it a perfect job for people who love frequent travel.
Archaeologists travel the world to recover and preserve artifacts from past human cultures. Careers in archaeology require frequent travel, often to remote regions of the earth.
If you want to combine your love of travel with your love of your country, then a career as a civil servant could be right for you. The Department of State has hundreds of job opportunities listed on their website, and with more than 250 embassies around the world, there are plenty of opportunities for travel.
Athletic recruiters travel the country (and sometimes the world) to scout and recruit athletes. Generally, athletic recruiters are employed by colleges and professional sports organizations. If you love sports and traveling, this is one of the few careers that will let you do both (without being an athlete).
A benefit of speaking one of the world’s most popular languages is that there are people all over the world who want to learn it. Teaching English in a foreign country is one of the easiest ways to get out and see the world. Many teaching positions in foreign countries do require a certification, but you can easily get one in about a month’s time.
The traveling nursing industry developed in response to the nursing shortage in the United States. Traveling nurses move around the country from hospital to hospital, bouncing from one temporary position to the next. It’s a great way to see the country, and the pay and benefits are excellent.
If you love traveling by sea and have a passion for learning more about it, then there is probably no better career for you than that of an oceanographer. Oceanographers often split their time between laboratories and research ships, where they can spend months away from home visiting remote regions of the ocean.
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