The Bowhunter's Guide To Career Freedom

Outdoor Industry Career and Job Groups

Careers in the outdoor industry are limited only by the imagination of the job seeker, career changer, or business entrepreneur. As with many other industries, some jobs are entry-level while others require advanced levels of training and/or experience. There is nothing magic about getting started in the outdoor industry, nor is it about being lucky. It is about being prepared, having or getting the right skills and experience, being patient, connecting with people, and knowing what your career and life goals are.

Communications Careers
Whether it is the written word, the spoken word, or a visual presentation, these careers are centered around communicating a message or a story.
  • Writer
  • Author
  • Blogger
  • Podcaster
  • Content marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Public relations specialist

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Artistics & Creative Careers
Do you have an eye or hands for creating artistic works? Do you enjoy using technology to create art and beautiful designs? This career group may be for you.
  • Wildlife painter
  • Wildlife sculpter
  • Taxidermist
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Graphic designer
  • Multimedia artist & animator

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Technology Careers
The group of careers involving technology in the outdoor industry is huge and exploding. Limited only by our imagination, technology is increasingly being leveraged in the outdoor industry.
  • Website developer / designer
  • Database architect
  • Networking engineer
  • Video game / app developer

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Media Careers
Media careers are as varied as the people who pursue them. From broadcast and cable TV, to radio, film, documentaries, and print media.
  • TV Show Host
  • Media Production
  • Videographer
  • Field Producer
  • Production assistant
  • Audio engineer
  • Video editor

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Product Development & Retail Careers
The list of potential jobs in this group are huge. Just think about all the products and services on the market today. Someone had an idea and brought it to fruition in every case. Once a product is made available, there is a whole set of careers related to getting products into the hands of the public.
  • Product designer
  • Product manufacturer
  • Outside sales representative
  • Bow technician

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Other Careers
This “catch-all” group covers a lot of territory and doesn’t lend itself well to a brief description. It is everything that does fit into one of the other groups.
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Project manager
  • Hunting lodge construction manager
  • Accountant

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Conservation Careers
Is wildlife conservation a passion of yours? Do you love being “hands-on” during a hunting or fishing trip? In this group, there also is a wide variety of jobs and career paths.
  • Biologist
  • Conservation organization - Leadership
  • Outfitter / Guide
  • Archery or gun safety instructor
  • Forest ranger

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Real Estate & Land Development Careers
What can we say about land? It may be cliche, but no one is making any more land. Land and properties do change ownership though and someone needs to help in that exchange. Proper land development and management is a key component of conservation and healthy wildlife populations.
  • Real estate agent
  • Food plot manager
  • Botanist
  • Forestry management
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