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7 Alternative Jobs for You if You don’t Fancy the 9-5 Lifestyle

Doris Benitez
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This article has been contributed by guest blogger Rachel Connolly at Dendreon Jobs.

Don’t like sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day? Then, we have 7 great suggestions for you. Take a look:

Air Traffic Controller

Being an air traffic controller is a very important task, as it’d be your job to help maintain safety in the sky. Your work would involve giving pilots information about flight paths, weather conditions and regulate arrivals and departures from the airport.

One of the main requirements to work in this field is the ability to stay calm under pressure, as sometimes everything that stands between a possible catastrophe and a safe landing is the quick decision-making and reflex of the controller.

You can apply to train with National Air Traffic Services and the minimum of 5 GCSEs, or equivalents, will be expected of you to get accepted. The first year of training takes place in Fareham in Hampshire, and after completing it you may be expected to continue training while working.

More information: NATS – Trainee Air Traffic Controllers

Average salary: £50,000/year

Rope Access Technician

If you want to enjoy great views while working, this may be the perfect career choice for you. The exact tasks for rope access specialists are not specified since they often vary depending on the client’s needs. They may, however, involve building maintenance, high-rise window cleaning or assisting on construction sites.

How to become a rope access technician: You must get a certification to work as a rope access technician, since you can’t start working on high altitudes before getting well versed in all the procedures.

More information: IRATA International

Average salary: £40,000/year

Web Designer

Many web designers choose to work as independent contractors. It’s a great option for you if you desire flexible working hours. In this job, you’ll need a good grasp of both graphic design and computer programming as you’d be responsible for the creation and future maintenance of websites.

How to become a web designer: Education requirements in this field can vary and your main asset will be your skills and experience. But you will need some degree of education in computer technology and web design.

More information: technojobs – career advice

Average salary: £27,939/year

Personal trainer

If you love sports and spending time with other people, you may want to think about connecting the two and making a living out of it. As a personal trainer, you would be responsible for creating training programmes catered to the needs of particular clients, as well as assisting them during exercising. You’ll also need to possess good interpersonal skills, since it’d be your job to keep people motivated to continue their training.

How to become a personal trainer: You can get into this field through a college course and you’ll need at least 2 GCSEs to apply. You can also do an apprenticeship to get further qualifications and gain work experience.

More information: YMCAfit – Personal Trainer Courses

Average salary: £25,000/year

Pro Gamer

If you’re a big fan of e-sports and you’re confident in your gaming abilities, you may try transforming your pastime into a job. There are not only many events surrounding the gaming industry that will allow you to gain decent earnings but big gaming tournaments are also becoming more and more popular each year and they offer great rewards for the best players. 

How to become a pro gamer: Most players start in amateur tournaments or aim to reach high rankings within a game in order to get noticed by professional teams.

More information: British Esports Associaton

Average salary: £47,000/year


work in other fields such as agricultural veterinary.

How to become a veterinarian: To work as a veterinarian you’ll need to get a degree in veterinary medicine, which usually takes up to 5 years. You’ll need 5 GCSEs and 3 A levels, including chemistry and biology. To start working, you’ll have to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

More information: British Veterinary Association

Average salary: £56,263/year


Paramedics provide professional care in the case of emergencies. As part of the ambulance crew, you would be usually the first healthcare professional on the scene of the accident and it’d be your responsibility to assess the patient’s condition and decide what the necessary course of treatment is. You’ll need to be able to cope well in stressful situations and be efficient in quick decision-making.

How to become a paramedic: You’ll need to get a university paramedic qualification. The course takes 3 years and having 2 or 3 A levels will be necessary. You may also get into this job through a paramedic degree apprenticeship, although there are no set requirements, having 4 or 5 GCSEs may help you get in.

More information: College of Paramedics

Average salary: £34,000/year

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