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Which Careers Move the Most?

There are basically two types of people in the workforce; those who absolutely have no desire to relocate for their career and those who welcome a fresh change with open arms and have no problem moving when needed. Therefore, you are either looking to start a career that will offer opportunity for new experiences, or you are looking for one that you will never need to move for so you can start a family and plan your life in your current location. Below are careers that you will either be drawn to, or you will want to stay far away from.

  • Anthropologist and Archaeologist – These professions study the origin, behavior, and development of past and present human being. They examine archaeological remains, cultures, and more, and work in offices, laboratories, or the field. You never know when the next lost city will be found, and you will need to move there to spend the next few years revealing lost information.
  • Environmental Scientist – Knowledge is used to protect the environment by identifying problems and finding solutions. Should a concern arise, you may need to do a short or long-term relocation to gather data that can be evaluated.¬†
  • Landscape Architect – Unless you live in an undeveloped area with a ton of potential for growth, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to be in this career and stay grounded. Chances are good that after you design the project you will be on location to oversee the progress. Being open to moving where the opportunity is will boost your chances for success.
  • Professional Athlete – There are few professional athletes who begin and end their career with the same team. The positive side of this is retirement typically comes pretty early and then you can settle in one place. It should be noted that referees and coaches fall in this category as well.
  • Urban Planner – Similar to a landscape architect, you will want to oversee the project. Although you could maintain a permanent residence for a family, you will need to be away and travel back and forth a lot. These experts use planning to accommodate growth, create communities, and revitalize physical facilities in specific areas.
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist – Again, unless you live where there is tropical jungle, dense forest, or delicate ecosystem where new species are being discovered or current species are endangered, you will need to move where you are needed. In some cases, a tent or an old shack could be your headquarters out in the middle of nowhere for a while, and you never know when you will be called to observe a different species somewhere else, so you may as well not dig your roots too far.
  • Military – It does not matter if you are in the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force, there is a good chance that you will be moved around a lot. When you are out, then you can settle somewhere and take advantage of the education money available to you.
  • Wind Energy – Whether you are an engineer, project or operations manager, or service technician, you need to be prepared to move when involved with wind energy. Creating a new project or even troubleshooting and improving turbines and current methods could demand a relatively lengthy stay in a specific location.
  • Sales – Although you can probably find plenty of sales jobs in your current location, if you want to be truly successful you need to go where the money is.
  • Hospitality – This is a very broad category and again, you may not have to relocate, but to further your career, stay with the same company, or make more money, you may need to. For example if the hotel you mange is closing, you may be offered the same position at a different location, or if you are a bartender and learn of a new resort people are flocking to, you might be ready to relocate in a hurry to cash in on the opportunity for impressive tips.
  • Real Estate Agent – If you watch the market and see an area trending as a hot place to live or rated as the best place to raise a family, you might follow these trends for the most opportunity.
  • Police Officer – There are constantly layoffs, promotions, and people retiring that open up opportunity for transfers. Plenty of people in this filed do spend their career in one location, but if you want to progress, relocation may be necessary, or you could wait several years for someone above you to retire.
  • Factory Worker – Whether your plant closes and you are offered a transfer elsewhere or if you hear of better pay or an open foreman or manager position somewhere, a move may be needed.
  • Laborer – If you are a brick mason, block mason, tile and marble setter, stone mason, carpenter, roofer, pipe fitter, pipe layer, painter, plasterer, etc., you might need to look for opportunity in growing communities.