50 most physical jobs in America

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January 28, 2021
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50 most physical jobs in America

While many Americans may spend most of their working days glued to a computer screen, others exert a great deal of energy due to the physical nature of their work.

Stacker ranked the 50 most physical jobs in America using data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a system developed by the U.S. Department of Labor providing information for 965 occupations within the United States economy. O*NET utilizes professional occupational analysts to provide the importance and level of certain abilities or skills needed to perform specific jobs. Jobs have been ranked by the importance of having stamina in each job, and ties were broken by both the level of stamina required and the median annual wage from 2019.

When it comes to measuring the stamina required to succeed at a job, you may be wondering what the difference is between “the importance of having” and “level required.” The same types of skills can be important for a variety of different jobs, but the amount or level of the skill needed in specific occupations can differ greatly. The level refers to the degree to which a particular ability is required to perform the occupation successfully. In this case, both criteria (level and importance) were standardized to a scale of 0 to 100. O*NET also polled employees working in each field as to what level of schooling they received before acquiring the job. The amount of experience or training needed to be successful was also examined.

According to O*NET, stamina is defined as: “The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.” The study also takes into account the need for different types of abilities such as “trunk strength,” defined as “the ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing,” and “dynamic strength,” “the ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.”

We also examined detailed responsibilities and work activities included for each job to see if it required the need to perform physical activities such as climbing, lifting, walking, or stooping. Handling dangerous materials like sizable machinery or working in hazardous or outdoor conditions were considered as well.

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#50. Fish and game wardens

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2019 median wage: $27.64 hourly; $57,500 annual
- 2019 employment: 7,200 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 500
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Fish and game wardens regularly deal with navigating terrain—whether waterways, fields or forests—and workers need to be agile enough to perform tasks like hiking, swimming, or running in any kind of weather. Wardens need to be quick on their feet for search-and-rescue operations as well as nimbly catching up with those violating the rules.

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#49. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $11.26 hourly; $23,420 annual
- 2019 employment: 149,800 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 39,300
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Recreational protective service workers have to be ready at all times to spot safety hazards and other problems, which may include physical examinations and the administering of life-saving skills such as CPR. Many workers in these positions must first pass physical and written exams to become certified for their positions.

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#48. Helpers—installation, maintenance, and repair workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $14.68 hourly; $30,530 annual
- 2019 employment: 101,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 13,000
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

Installation, maintenance, and repair workers need to be able to crawl under, up on, and around various machinery and equipment (and, quite often, entire buildings). From putting in large appliances to repairing flooring or updating plumbing and electrical lines, these workers have to assume any number of physical positions from lying down to climbing.

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#47. Helpers—brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $17.02 hourly; $35,410 annual
- 2019 employment: 23,400 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,500
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Working with any kind of stone means lots of heavy lifting, plenty of time on your hands and knees, and the operation of heavy machinery and power tools. Helpers in these jobs spend much of their time fetching and holding materials or tools and providing cleanup duties to work areas.

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#46. Tire builders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $22.12 hourly; $46,010 annual
- 2019 employment: 21,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,900
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Tire builders start by physically examining worn tires for cracks and other faults. Then, it’s on to some heavy machinery for the fabrication of new tires or repairs to existing ones. The job requires a lot of standing and heavy lifting.

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#45. Rail car repairers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $27.11 hourly; $56,390 annual
- 2019 employment: 24,300 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,000
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

In order to do their job diagnosing and repairing vehicles that move on a railway (such as mining cars or locomotives), rail car repairers need to be able to haul equipment and materials, perform physical activity inspecting and repairing parts, and handle machinery. Eighty-four percent of workers had a high school diploma or equivalent, and some form of skill or work experience is necessary.

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#44. Adapted physical education specialists

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $61,190 annual
- 2019 employment: 36,600 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,900
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

An adapted physical education specialist is responsible for creating individualized physical education programs for students (children or adult) with conditions such as autism or brain injuries. Those with this job would need physical strength to instruct students on how to improve physical fitness, but also be patient enough to work with those who have disabilities. Almost half of the people with this job reported needing a bachelor's degree.

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#43. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $30.64 hourly; $63,730 annual
- 2019 employment: 48,700 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,800
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Direct supervisors of correctional officers and jailers have to have myriad skills from problem-solving to math and science, but they also have to have physical endurance. First-line supervisors need to be spry to do this job successfully—a requirement of the gig is the ability to exercise for extended periods without getting winded.

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#42. Transit and railroad police

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $34.53 hourly; $71,820 annual
- 2019 employment: 4,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 300
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

Transit and railroad police are responsible for protecting railway and transit employees, passengers, and property. Physical stamina is an essential part of the job, whether for inspecting property for damage or theft, chasing after those in violation, or standing for long periods of time filling out paperwork and incident reports.

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#41. Police patrol officers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $30.36 hourly; $63,150 annual
- 2019 employment: 688,400 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 51,000
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

The primary duties for police patrol officers include enforcing laws, providing public safety, and preventing crime. Because they need to be able to pursue and apprehend criminals who may be trying to escape on foot, physical stamina is a requirement in order to properly do this job. Though a college degree is not required, job prospects will need to complete training at a police academy in order to become employed.

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#40. Correctional officers and jailers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $21.72 hourly; $45,180 annual
- 2019 employment: 442,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 33,000
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Keeping inmates and those around them safe in prisons or rehabilitation institutions requires mental and physical stamina. Correctional officers and jailers perform head counts, inspect cells, and generally monitor inmates to prevent violence or escape. This job usually requires a high school diploma as well as training.

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#39. Helpers—roofers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2019 median wage: $15.44 hourly; $32,110 annual
- 2019 employment: 9,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,100
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

Roofer helpers assist professional roofers by completing jobs such as holding tools, inspecting roofing sites, and cleaning equipment. The ability to use abdominal and back muscles for extended periods of time without fatigue is essential to this job. Most roofer helpers have a high school diploma, but some related work experience is helpful as well.

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#38. Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 52
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $37.40 hourly; $77,800 annual
- 2019 employment: 71,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 4,600
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisors manage, train, and prepare firefighters to do their jobs, often working behind-the-scenes to communicate and evaluate forest fires or make sure that the important equipment is ready to use. For this reason they don't have to have as much stamina as the actual firefighters, but still need to be physically fit enough to train their employees and prepare them to operate equipment. Education requirements range from high school diploma to associates degree, but often just training and experience is needed.

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#37. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 36
- 2019 median wage: $17.06 hourly; $35,480 annual
- 2019 employment: 72,400 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 6,800
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

These workers must be able to move quickly, maintain dexterity and steadiness, and have a quick reaction time. They're in charge of setting up, operating, and taking care of machines used to shape and form objects (such as glass or rubber). A high school diploma and some previous skill is required.

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#36. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 37
- 2019 median wage: $16.51 hourly; $34,340 annual
- 2019 employment: 14,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,400
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders are responsible for operating bonding machines, so they must be able to exert muscle, maintain arm steadiness, and have enough manual dexterity to control the machines. Preparation such as on-the-job training is needed to be successful at this job, and most have at least a high school diploma.

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#35. Foundry mold and coremakers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 37
- 2019 median wage: $17.11 hourly; $35,590 annual
- 2019 employment: 17,600 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,400
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

These employees create wax or sand molds and cores used to produce metal casings. Because they have to be able to sift and pack sand or wax and assemble slabs using tools, they'll need multi-limb coordination and trunk strength to perform their duties. Most workers have at least a high school diploma.

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#34. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2019 median wage: $20.36 hourly; $42,360 annual
- 2019 employment: 12,200 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,300
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Loading objects into tank cars, trucks, or ships requires the strength to operate moving equipment for extended periods of time. Workers are also responsible for verifying loading numbers and monitoring product movements. A majority of workers will have a high school diploma.

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#33. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $12.11 hourly; $25,200 annual
- 2019 employment: 118,800 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 16,300
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Automotive and watercraft service attendants must be able to move their hands quickly and make precise movements with their fingers throughout their shifts to perform duties servicing vehicles such as cars, buses, and boats. Prior job experience is necessary, and more than half of employees reported having a high school diploma or equivalent.

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#32. Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $14.62 hourly; $30,410 annual
- 2019 employment: 54,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 5,000
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

With duties such as adjusting and mounting saw blades, operating wood-sawing machines, and mounting blades, sawing machine setters need dexterity and steadiness while being exposed to hazardous equipment all day. This job usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

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#31. Helpers—extraction workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $17.85 hourly; $37,120 annual
- 2019 employment: 16,900 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,400
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

These employees provide assistance to extraction craft workers (those who work with drills or explosives) by monitoring equipment and unloading or organizing materials. They need a quick reaction time, the stamina to operate equipment when needed, and the ability to haul heavy extraction materials. Most extraction worker helpers have a high school diploma.

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#30. Floor sanders and finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $19.04 hourly; $39,610 annual
- 2019 employment: 7,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 600
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Floor sanders and finishers need stamina to complete their duties controlling sanding machinery, removing and loading construction material, and stooping to inspect floors. It usually requires a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as time being trained by an experienced professional.

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#29. Carpet installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $19.27 hourly; $40,090 annual
- 2019 employment: 36,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,500
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Carpet installers must be able to roll out, measure, cut, and put in carpet after inspecting surfaces in homes and buildings. Most of their time is spent stooping low to the ground. Work experience is required and more than half of employees reported having a high school diploma.

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#28. Plasterers and stucco masons

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $21.85 hourly; $45,440 annual
- 2019 employment: 27,700 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,300
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

Plasterers and stucco masons prep surfaces and cover surrounding areas so they don't get splashed with excess material before mixing and applying plaster or stucco. They may also need to assemble and set up temporary scaffolding. Employees need little to no previous experience, but they will need some training to perform this job.

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#27. Carpenters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 44
- 2019 median wage: $23.24 hourly; $48,330 annual
- 2019 employment: 1,024,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 89,000
- Projected growth: Little or no change

Rough carpenters measure, cut, and build temporary scaffolds and structures for construction projects, often using nails, bolts, wood, or cables. Lifting and building materials require steadiness and dexterity, as well as strength. Only 39% of workers reported having a high school diploma.

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#26. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $14.19 hourly; $29,510 annual
- 2019 employment: 2,986,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 380,600
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

These workers perform duties such as sorting, stacking, and moving materials by hand, usually on docks or warehouses. Manual labor like this requires the ability to exert muscle force repeatedly over long periods of time and be able to control and coordinate vehicles or movements. Some previous work experience is sometimes required, as well as a high school diploma.

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#25. Forest and conservation workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $15.27 hourly; $31,770 annual
- 2019 employment: 13,200 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,800
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Forest and conservation workers develop, maintain, and protect forests through manual labor such as controlling pests, planting and harvesting crops or trees, transporting animals and plants, and inspecting facilities or equipment, often while traveling on foot for long distances and working outside. Employees generally need one to two years of on-the-job experience and training.

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#24. Fence erectors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $17.21 hourly; $35,800 annual
- 2019 employment: 34,200 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 3,400
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Fence erectors use hand or power tools to set up and repair fences. They have to be able to perform manual labor in the outdoors, digging post holes and surveying areas to establish building locations. These jobs typically require a high school education and previous work-related experience.

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#23. Construction laborers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $17.72 hourly; $36,860 annual
- 2019 employment: 1,398,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 141,100
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Construction laborers need the stamina to perform manual labor at construction sites—which are often outdoors—and operate heavy machinery such as cement mixers and jackhammers. Less than half of employees reported not having a high school diploma or equivalent, but job training is usually essential for safety and instruction.

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#22. Highway maintenance workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $19.58 hourly; $40,730 annual
- 2019 employment: 156,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 16,500
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Highway maintenance workers need stamina to perform duties such as repairing guard rails, patching pavement, and diverting traffic using power or hand tools, all while working outside. These positions often require a high school diploma or equivalent.

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#21. Massage therapists

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $20.59 hourly; $42,820 annual
- 2019 employment: 166,700 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 22,000
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Massage therapists need to be able to spend extended hours on their feet providing massage treatment for soft tissues and joints, requiring muscle strength and the ability to apply continuous pressure. This job will require the completion of a massage therapy education program and a certain number of training hours before being able to work.

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#20. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $21.97 hourly; $45,700 annual
- 2019 employment: 125,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 10,100
- Projected growth: Little or no change

Drywall and ceiling tile installers need stamina to cut openings into structures while spending many hours standing during the installation process. Some job preparation is needed, typically a high school diploma or some type of experience related to the position.

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#19. Commercial divers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $24.03 hourly; $49,980 annual
- 2019 employment: 4,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 400
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Commercial divers work underwater to construct, inspect, or repair structures and equipment, so they need to be able to exert strength below the surface of the water handling and moving objects while taking necessary safety precautions. Most commercial divers will need a postsecondary license and training as well as prior job experience.

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#18. Terrazzo workers and finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $25.09 hourly; $52,180 annual
- 2019 employment: 3,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 200
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Terrazzo is a composite material made from any combination of cement, sand, pigment, or marble to create strong decorative surfaces. Workers and finishers must be able to blend, cut, or grind materials before installing them onto walls or floors. Seventy percent of employees reported having a high school diploma or equivalent to go along with this job.

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#17. Roof bolters, mining

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $28.41 hourly; $59,090 annual
- 2019 employment: 3,300 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 300
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

These employees work in underground mines installing roof support bolts. They must be able to operate drilling and bolting machines and work with loose rock, asphalt, or concrete. Most workers have a high school diploma or GED, and previous work experience is typically needed.

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#16. Rock splitters, quarry

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2019 median wage: $17.34 hourly; $36,070 annual
- 2019 employment: 5,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 600
- Projected growth: Average (3% to 4%)

The main duty of a rock splitter at a quarry is to separate large quantities of blocks of stone using a combination of wedges, drills, detonation equipment, and jackhammers. Stamina is necessary to operate these types of machinery for extended periods of time. O*NET reported little to no preparation needed to perform this job, with as little as a few days of training required.

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#15. Cement masons and concrete finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2019 median wage: $21.54 hourly; $44,810 annual
- 2019 employment: 200,400 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 16,800
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Working to pour, smooth, and finish concrete using different types of machinery, power, and hand tools requires dexterity, strength, steadiness, and coordination. Generally, little to no experience is needed to get a job, and only rarely will it require a high school diploma.

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#14. Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2019 median wage: $18.39 hourly; $38,250 annual
- 2019 employment: 20,100 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,500
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

This job requires the ability to set up, operate, and troubleshoot heating equipment such as furnaces or hardening machines used to heat metal or plastic objects. Stamina is needed to work in these high-temperature conditions for entire shifts at a time. Seventy percent of employees had a high school diploma, and some work experience is required as well.

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#13. Tree trimmers and pruners

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $19.22 hourly; $39,980 annual
- 2019 employment: 62,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 8,300
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Employees need stamina to climb trees, operate and clean equipment like chainsaws and hacksaws, cut branches, and hoist tools. Fifty-seven percent had less than a high school diploma, and 37% had a high school diploma or equivalent.

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#12. Roofers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $20.24 hourly; $42,100 annual
- 2019 employment: 161,600 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 14,700
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Professional roofers often need to set up temporary scaffolding structures, inspect and repair roofs, and cover roofs with shingles, asphalt, or aluminum. In addition to physical strength and flexibility, roofers also need to have stamina in their body equilibrium to stay balanced. Roofer jobs may require a high school diploma, but work-related skills and experience are also important.

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#11. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $23.60 hourly; $49,100 annual
- 2019 employment: 18,800 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,600
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Reinforcing iron and rebar workers will need to operate hand tools, rod-bending machines, or blowtorches to install mesh or steel bars to strengthen and reinforce concrete. Often in the outdoors exposed to the elements, it is important for workers to have both static and trunk strength. Thirty-four percent of workers reported having a high school diploma and 37% had less than that.

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#10. Fallers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2019 median wage: $21.46 hourly; $44,650 annual
- 2019 employment: 7,200 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 800
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Fallers use their knowledge of cutting techniques to control the position and direction of trees before chopping them with chainsaws or axes. Cutting down trees is exhaustive work, especially considering you must be outdoors and exposed to the weather to do it. Some of these jobs may require a high school education, but typically there is little to no previous work experience needed.

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#9. Structural iron and steel workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $26.46 hourly; $55,040 annual
- 2019 employment: 77,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 8,100
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Structural iron and steel workers build structures or frameworks made of iron and steel, but they also need to be able to operate lifting equipment such as cranes or hoists as well. Forty-two percent of workers have a high school diploma or higher, and employees generally need a few months to a year of training to perform the job.

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#8. Stonemasons

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2019 median wage: $20.81 hourly; $43,280 annual
- 2019 employment: 16,800 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,400
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Stonemasons need plenty of strength and stamina to build structures and walkways out of stone. In addition to hauling, installing, and laying stone, they must also be able to mix mortar or grout and cut or trim marble and stone. Generally this job requires either training at a vocational school or hands-on experience.

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#7. Manufactured building and mobile home installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $16.29 hourly; $33,890 annual
- 2019 employment: 2,900 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 100
- Projected growth: Decline (-1% or lower)

Installing manufactured (prefabricated or modular) buildings and mobile homes requires skills such as hauling, connecting, testing, building, and inspecting while spending a majority of the time on their feet, kneeling, or bending. Most workers have less than a high school diploma, but previous work experience is needed.

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#6. Derrick operators, oil and gas

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2019 median wage: $22.59 hourly; $46,990 annual
- 2019 employment: 12,000 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,000
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

A derrick is a type of crane used for lifting heavy objects, and oil and gas workers use it to drill into the earth. Workers need to know how to clean, inspect, and take care of machinery while operating the pumps that circulate mud through a drill hole. Little to no experience is needed to secure a job most of the time, and employees will need anywhere from days to months of training.

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#5. Firefighters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 67
- Level of stamina required: 54
- 2019 median wage: $24.45 hourly; $50,850 annual
- 2019 employment: 335,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 24,200
- Projected growth: Faster than average (5% to 7%)

Firefighters have to have tons of stamina for running into and out of burning buildings, rescuing people and pets, preserving property, and carrying heavy loads of 75 pounds or more. Running up and down stairs, climbing ladders, hauling hoses, using axes and other equipment: The job calls for extreme aerobic activity.

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#4. Choreographers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 69
- Level of stamina required: 55
- 2019 median wage: $22.27 hourly; $46,330 annual
- 2019 employment: 5,500 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,000
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Choreographers work to create and teach new dance routines, an athletic job that requires body coordination and almost constant physical activity. Typically, choreographer jobs necessitate a four-year degree and a considerable degree of skill and experience.

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#3. Athletes and sports competitors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 72
- Level of stamina required: 57
- 2019 median wage: $51,370 annual
- 2019 employment: 13,600 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 2,100
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Competing in sporting events on the professional level requires a vast amount of athletic skill and near-constant physical-fitness training. Generally you won't need a bachelor's degree to become a sports competitor, but you will need a great amount of talent and experience.

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#2. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 75
- Level of stamina required: 57
- 2019 median wage: $19.42 hourly; $40,390 annual
- 2019 employment: 373,700 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 66,400
- Projected growth: Much faster than average (8% or higher)

Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors are responsible for training groups or individuals on different exercise techniques, so they need to be in peak physical condition themselves in order to set a good example. Most of these jobs require previous experience or work-related skill, and only 20% reported having a bachelor's degree.

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#1. Dancers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 81
- Level of stamina required: 66
- 2019 median wage: $17.49 hourly
- 2019 employment: 11,400 employees
- Projected 2019-2029 openings: 1,800
- Projected growth: Slower than average (1% to 2%)

Dancers not only need to be able to exercise and train in their classes, but they must also be able to complete lengthy performances in front of large audiences on stage. Flexibility, coordination, dynamic strength, and body equilibrium are all necessary in this profession (in addition to stamina). Most professional dancer jobs require extensive training at a vocational school.

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