There are a lot of jobs that require people to travel a lot. For instance, truck drivers are constantly on the road, pilots are always in the air, and Red Cross workers are often sent to help people that are suffering around the World. For this article though we wanted to focus on jobs that require people to move to a new home on a relatively frequent basis. These are 10 Common Jobs Where People Move A Lot:
- Missionaries – These are members of various religious groups that are sent out to spread the word about their religion to people around the world (usually in undeveloped or underdeveloped areas). The job has its roots in 1598 when Jesuits sent members abroad, but is not specific to any one religion. Jehova’s Witnesses, Islam, Buddists, and more all practice this and generally the missionary will move fairly frequently as they bring their religion to new people.
- Clergy (Minister/Priest) – Similarly but generally not in undeveloped areas are pastors of churches and other church leaders. Many Christian denominations set limits on how long a pastor can be in one church and/or their governing bodies move clergy every few years. Catholic priests experience something similar as they move about to different parishes. Again, this is not limited to Christian denominations, but it is prevalent there.
- Coaches (High School, College, and Pro) – In order to advance their careers baseball, football, basketball, and coaches of other sports often find themselves needing to move to a new town in order to advance their careers as they work their way up the coaching ladder. Unless they have been ex-athletes it is rare for coaches to immediately jump to top levels without working their way up the ranks.
- Consultants (Road Warriors) – Here we are talking about the core consultants that make the Big consulting companies what they are that are on 3 month, 6 month, or longer assignments. Generally, that is the same as moving at very frequent intervals. This is a great way to build a very diverse business background to prepare you for just about anything whether you are an accountant, IT consultant, or engineer.
- Military Personnel – This is something that many people have experienced firsthand or at least know someone that grew up with a parent in the military (a military brat). They generally have to move to new assignments on a regular basis, which requires them to move to a new base. Generally, the military does a good job of helping the troops move, but it’s never easy especially when families are involved.
- Hotel/Restaurant/Travel – We aren’t talking about having to take trips here on a frequent basis. We are talking about large corporations like Wyndham Worldwide and other large hotel or restaurant chains. Normally the people working their way up in organizations like these will pickup and move on a very frequent basis as they work their way up the corporate ladder getting larger and larger hotels/restaurants to manage.
- Professional Athletes – Pro athletes or the vast majority of them move on a frequent basis, especially as they just break into their Sport. In the case of baseball, an athlete can spend several years in the minor leagues moving from smaller to larger teams as they make their way to the big leagues. This also happens in hockey, soccer, and other sports.
- Carnival Acts – While this might seem obvious many carnival workers actually live in trailers that move from city to city as the carnival makes it’s way to new places every few weeks (sometimes more often). This isn’t a large group of workers, but putting on these carnivals is much harder and requires more organization than most people realize.
- Migrant Farm Workers – Spending much of my life in rural areas, the migrant workers became more and more important for getting the field work done before the harvest was over. They walk beans, detassel corn, and harvest crops and since the timing of harvest changes for each crop and area of the country they move from place to place to keep working.
- Entertainment/communications – Actors, musicians, dancers, newscasters, radio DJ’s, journalists, and more find themselves moving frequently for new gigs and to advance their careers as well (especially earlier in their careers). It’s a tough field to break into and even harder to rise to the very top levels but normally to get there you have to move quite a bit.
I’m sure we could all list several more jobs that require people to move on a frequent basis. There are so many interesting careers out there. The good news is that moving a lot expands your experiences and allows you to grow in new ways. While some of the jobs listed above explicitly require people to move in many cases like so many other careers people move to get a job they will enjoy more, to make more money, or to expand their horizons.