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Top Jobs for Hands-On Workers

Do you like tinkering with things? Would you jump at the chance to try out a blowtorch? Then you’d probably enjoy a hands-on job.

From Explosion Welders to Robotics Techs these can be some of the coolest careers on the market. Fly high as a Pilot, create beautiful baubles as a Jewelry Designer, or keep cars running as an Auto Mechanic. Shape huge sheets of metal or plastic to your will as a CNC Operator or maneuver construction material as a Crane Operator. The main idea? You’ve got lots of options.

Plus, tons of companies are looking for skilled workers in areas like manufacturing. So if you choose to work in this industry, you’ll have a good shot at a great long-term career and a pretty nice paycheck every two weeks. Scroll down to learn more about these awesome hands-on jobs.

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Transmission Technician

Help repair and install gearboxes with expert precision.

SWAT Team Member

Tackle high-stress cases involving riots, hostages or undercover ops.

Safety Officer

Monitor and improve workplace safety conditions.

Rough Carpenter

Work with raw materials to build houses and other buildings.

Prop Maker

Construct life-like props for use on film sets and stages.

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Help children bounce back from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries.

PACU Nurse

Assist in the daily care of children with unexpected and serious illnesses.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

Fabricate artificial limbs and devices to help patients regain mobility.

Occupational Therapist Aide

Perform administrative duties at an occupational therapy clinic.

Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

Keep a nuclear power reactor under control.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Examine, diagnose, and treat newborn infants.

Medical Esthetician

Perform medical procedures to improve skin appearance.


Make tools, fittings, and small metal pieces used in other products.

Low Voltage Technician

Install and troubleshoot low-voltage gadgets and systems.

Long Haul Truck Driver

Drive 18-wheeler big rigs from coast to coast.

Funeral Director

Organize funerals and wakes.

Director of Photography

Manage technical and artistic decisions for camera and lights on film set.

Denture Technician

Fit dentures to help clients eat, talk, and smile with ease.

Cosmetic Dentist

Fix the look of teeth for a better appearance.

Chiropractic Neurologist

Focus on patients' spines to help rid them of pain.

Chef De Partie

Cook food and manage workers in one station of a restaurant kitchen.

CDL Truck Driver

Drive products all across the country in really big trucks.

Cake Decorator

Add tasty flourishes to birthday, wedding, or party cakes with icing.

Beat Cop

Protect people in one particular neighborhood.

Bagel Maker

Get up early to get your bagels toasted and ready for the morning rush.

Architectural Project Manager

Coordinate building projects, from design to construction.

Agricultural Inspector

Gather data from farms and produce reports on food safety and quality.

Pilates Instructor

Lead pilates sessions to build clients' flexibility, strength, and poise.

Camera Operator

Operate cameras as part of a video production team to capture scenes for TV shows, motion pictures, or other film projects.


Fashion cabinets, doors, and flooring using different kinds of wood.


Provide medical care to a variety of animals: large, small, or exotic.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Rehabilitate patients under the supervision of a Physical Therapist.

Aircraft Mechanic

Maintain and repair aircraft and various aircraft systems.


Install and repair plumbing fittings.

Diesel Mechanic

Inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines.


Help recovered patients continue to improve strength and movement.

Pediatric Critical Care Nurse

Help seriously ill children to heal.

Massage Therapist

Rid clients of aches by kneading and rubbing their muscles.

Maintenance Technician

Respond to daily requests to replace building fixtures.

Nursery Manager

Manage a nursery and oversee the development and growth of plants.

Physical Therapist

Help patients recover from physical illnesses, injuries, or surgeries.

Makeup Artist

Beautify clients through makeup.

Cabinet Maker

Create and install wooden cabinets.

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Teach disabled people exercises to make everyday living easier.

Space Planner

Make the best use of spaces by creating efficient plans.

Veterinary Technician

Give sick animals some TLC.

Dance Costume Designer

Put together showy outfits that Dancers can move in.

Dental Assistant

Perform the many tasks that make a dental office run smoothly.

Tattoo Artist

Ink all sorts of designs onto skin.


Keep clients' hair, skin, and nails pretty and healthy.


Investigate criminal cases to bring about justice.


Give skin-care treatments.

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Care for wild animals so they can be returned to their natural habitat.

Personal Fitness Trainer

Show clients how to safely build strength and endurance through exercise.

Corporate Executive Chef

Prepare food from start to finish for corporate events.


Design menus, create recipes, and cook food.

Fashion Illustrator

Translate a Fashion Designer's ideas into drawings.

Landscape Architect

Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.

Helicopter Mechanic

Maintain and repair military and civilian helicopters.

Clinical Massage Therapist

Relieve muscle injuries through massage.


Dig up ancient relics of past societies.


Use your artistic talents to make innovative products.

Registered Nurse

Treat and care for sick or injured people with drugs and therapies.

Landscape Designer

Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Show athletes how to get stronger and in better shape with new exercises.

CNC Programmer

Cut, shape, and finish materials using precision machines.

Heavy Equipment Operator

Operate heavy machinery at construction sites.

Nail Technician

Keep clients' hands polished and pretty.


Work with jewels or precious metals to get customers the bangles they want.

Biomedical Equipment Technician

Inspect and calibrate complex medical diagnostic equipment.

Fashion Stylist

Choose clothes and accessories for celebrities.

Environmental Artist

Produce art to promote environmental causes.

Neonatal Nurse

Look after newborn babies in the hospital nursery.

Jewelry Designer

Create fantastic jewelry using gemstones and sparkling metals.

Football Scout

Travel the country to discover promising new football talent.

Shoe Designer

Create stylish shoes for every occasion.

Fashion Designer

Set trends with your beautiful clothing designs.

Photo Stylist

Create the perfect atmosphere for photo shoots.


Keep teeth clean and healthy.

Criminal Investigator

Gather enough evidence to bring criminals to justice.


Perform daily general health care to help patients heal and recover.


Create pieces of art that are beautiful, provocative, or cutting-edge.

Mixed Media Artist

Fashion works of art by mixing and matching various materials.


Operate on sick trees to remove disease, dead limbs, and sagging branches.

Occupational Therapist

Teach ill or disabled patients how to tackle daily tasks.