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Top 10 outdoor jobs: continued

Top 10 outdoor jobs: continued6: Market trader

A market trader sells goods or services on a stall. There are various different types of markets and they can vary in size. Traders may work at more than one location.

Salaries may range from the minimum wage for a market stall employee, to in excess of £500 a week for some market traders.

Depending on what you are selling, you may need different formal qualifications. For example, food hygiene, if you are selling fresh food.

7: Lightning conductor engineer

Could you stop a bolt of lightning? Lightning conductor engineers or steeplejacks install a variety of lightning protection and earthing installations. They spend much of their time installing roof conductors, down conductors and earth terminations.

They work outdoors, at varying heights, in all but the most severe of weather conditions. Salaries usually range from around £15,000 a year to over £28,000 a year for a senior engineer.

You can get into this job by doing an Apprenticeship with the Steeplejack and lightning training protection group. You will need to have a maths GCSE.

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8. Demolition operative

Demolition operatives demolish or dismantle buildings and structures. They begin by erecting screens, dustsheets and fences around sites. They help to erect safety rails on roofs, seal off drains, and clean and sort materials for reuse.

Most of the work takes place outdoors in dirty, dusty, noisy conditions and in all weathers. Demolition operatives may earn between £12,500 and £23,000 a year.

Some employers will ask for GCSEs in English and maths. A background in construction, as a labourer or tradesperson, is also helpful but not essential to get into this job.

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9. Fence installer

Fence installers use a wide range of materials to install and repair many different types of fences. They work at various locations and each job can be very varied. They work outside, in all weathers, in a wide variety of locations.

Salaries may range from around £15,000 to £40,000 or more a year.

You may be able to get a job in this industry by joining an Apprenticeship Scheme. Most employers ask for GCSE Maths and reading skills.

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10. Dog handler

Dog handlers work with their dogs to help prevent and detect crime or to find lost and missing people. They learn how to use a series of commands and signals to indicate what they want their dog to do.

The work is mostly outdoors and in all kinds of weather conditions. Salaries for private security dog handlers range from at least £15,000 a year up to £25,000. For dog handlers who work for organisations like the police, fire and rescue or prison services, salaries are on set scales for all employees.

If you want to be a dog handler for the police force, HM Revenue and Customs, fire and rescue services and prison service, you must already be working for them.
To be a dog handlers in the armed forces, you need GCSEs, including English and maths. Applicants must pass an entrance test, interviews and physical and medical exams.

To work as a dog handler in private security, you must have a Security Industry Authority licence.

For this you must attend an approved training course, gain a nationally recognised qualification and undergo identity checks and criminal record checks.

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