Top Jobs for Hands-On Workers

Updated: January 3, 2020

Some people are happy to sit back and watch; others like to tinker with everything, from planting their own vegetables to soldering their own circuit board. If you’re looking for a hands-on job, read on for a list of the coolest careers that will let you get your hands dirty.

  1. Pilot — Steer your own career as a pilot, manning the controls of commercial or private flights. You press all the right buttons, and you never rely on auto-pilot.
  2. Jewelry Designer — With an eye for detail, you design gorgeous baubles, spending your days stringing beads, threading needles, and hammering metal.
  3. Auto Mechanic — Keep everything moving smoothly as you diagnose people’s transportation troubles. From repairing brakes to fixing a spark plug, you’ll test, repair, and inspect vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
  4. Crane Operator — The dream job of every three-year-old out there, crane operators operate the heavy machinery. You master the controls of your crane, knowing the ins and outs of every dial and button as you build new structures and knock down old ones.
  5. Physical Therapist — Regular therapists sit and listen; you stand and instruct. Show clients firsthand how to get back into fighting shape on a daily basis.
  6. Chef — Kneading dough, slicing and dicing veggies, and plating food beautifully—you can’t get much more hands-on than a chef.