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From personal trainer to yacht crew; the best non-office-based jobs

Not cut out for the 9-5 cubicle grind? Looking for a remote job that pays well, aligns with your passions, and keeps you engaged?

Check out this list of the best non-office-based jobs.


Of course, you’ll have to pay your dues working in hot kitchens and meeting exacting standards, but if your passion is food, explore a chef apprenticeship. That’s the best way to learn about the culinary arts and gain valuable experience. Put in the hours and hone your skills where your passion leads you — whether it’s creating decadent desserts or innovative entrees. Expect to spend several years learning the necessary skills, but what better “office” than a professional kitchen? This is your pathway to a fulfilling career as a chef.

Yacht crew

See the world and earn a competitive salary while working as crew on some of the most fabulous superyachts. The yachting industry is booming, and superyacht recruitment is on the rise. Being a yacht crew member is by no means a 9-5 job, but perks include visiting some of the world’s most beautiful places, great salary with accommodation onboard, making it easy to save up your earnings, the company of other crew members leading to lifelong friendships, and the opportunity to work with the very best equipment. All this makes this the perfect out-of-office job!

Flight attendant

Another job that gets you as far from the office as possible – this one, thousands of feet in the sky – is flight attendant. Application requirements may vary among airline companies, but in general, once accepted for a training program, you’ll be on your way to the required Certificate of Demonstrated Proficiency from the Federal Aviation Authority. You’ll learn how to handle emergencies and help passengers en route to domestic and/or overseas destinations. Perks include free or discounted flights for you and, typically, designated family members, a good salary and benefits, and work schedule flexibility.

Dive instructor

Dive into a great opportunity to combine your love of the oceans with helping others to learn about and appreciate marine environments safely and sustainably. Many venues in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean offer training courses to become an instructor in scuba or freediving. Once certified, you can search for a job in the locale of your choice. Becoming a master scuba diving trainer increases your earning potential and employment opportunities. Plus, you’ll be living and working in some of the most pristine and beautiful coastal areas in the world.

Personal trainer

Make the gym or a client’s home gym your “office” as you combine your passion for exercise and well-being with the opportunity to help others get in shape or boost their fitness level. Set your hours and fees, and develop routines based on individual clients’ needs. Once you’ve acquired the requisite certifications, employment opportunities are not limited to brick-and-mortar gyms. Teach classes or train private clients outdoors; branch out to include nutrition and dietary advice – all while meeting new people and earning pay and tips for a job you are passionate about.

You spend most of your adult life at work, so think about how you want to spend your working hours and follow your heart to the best non-office job for you!

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