7 top careers that keep you fit and paid


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7 top careers that keep you fit and paid

Cubicle careers can often lead to lack of sunlight, stained eyes and sedentary habits that contribute to obesity. 

For job seekers who yearn for fresh air and staying physically fit, these conventional careers come with an athletic component that helps keep you in tiptop shape while working the job all year long.                                                                                                                    »RELATED: Night shift: 6 best jobs for the true night owl

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following occupations afford decent salaries but demand constant movement to get the job done:

Matt Coley checks a cotton plant in a field he farms with his dad, Chuck Coley, in Vienna, Ga., in 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


What they do: Farmers are responsible for yielding healthful crops, dairy products and livestock. Working predominantly in the great outdoors, farmers have to tackle extreme weather conditions while operating machinery/equipment to meet seasonal deadlines efficiently and effectively while protecting the land.

What they require: Hauling, operating, fixing, carrying, assembling, pushing, pulling

Annual pay: $66,360

Physical Therapists

What they do: Physical therapists work with those who are experiencing pain from injuries. These professionals are usually stationed in hospitals or nursing/private/residential/home health care centers, and dedicate the majority of their time standing and moving around with patients to improve motor skills.

What they require: Jogging, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, stretching, flexing, balancing

Annual pay: $85,400

High School P.E. Teachers

What they do: These educators, also known as P.E. teachers, engage in various sports — volleyball, tennis, aerobics, basketball and football — with students. P.E. teachers help students develop fundamentals and test physical/mental abilities in an effort to achieve healthier lifestyles.

What they require: Walking, running, jumping, stretching, exercising

Annual pay: $58,030

Annette Mazzoni, left, a nurse at the Norton Brownsboro Hospital, gives a flu shot to Joe Thompson Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.

Registered Nurses

What they do: Registered nurses make patient care priority. Standing and assisting people for hours, these professionals work with their hands and other medical-related tools. Their job commands around-the-clock assistance — whether holding objects for the doctor or helping patients adjust or eat in bed.

What they require: Lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, twisting, bending, walking, running

Annual pay: $68,450

Newspaper Reporters

What they do: The eyes and ears of the community, newspaper reporters don't simply wait for news to happen. These media professionals have to investigate story leads, go into communities to interview eyewitnesses and key sources, and visit sites to compile supporting content for backstory leads.

What they require: Bending, twisting, walking, running, jogging, carrying

Annual pay: $38,870

Mail Carriers

What they do: Assembling, sorting and delivering mail — rain, sleet or snow — is what makes mail carriers weather-ready workout warriors. Spending the majority of their time outdoors, mail carriers ensure your mail arrives on time and intact. This profession demands a lot of bending and twisting, along with long periods of walking.

What they require: Lifting, bending, twisting, walking, running, jogging, carrying, pushing, pulling

Annual pay: $56,790

NEW ORLEANS - JULY 18: United States Postal Service letter carrier Wayne Treaudo delivers mail to a house marked by rescue workers in the Lower Ninth Ward July 18, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Yesterday was the first day mail service returned to residents of the Lower Ninth since Hurricane Katrina struck nearly eleven months ago. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Mario Tama/Getty Images

Lifestyle Photographers

What they do: Lifestyle photographers capture people, places and things that often aim to tell a captivating, real-time story. This creative profession requires lifting and carrying equipment and props, and actively placing the body in awkward positions to snap breathtaking angles.

What they require: Carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, walking, running, jogging, bending, twisting

Annual pay: $34,070

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