Jobs With Heavy Travel Required

by Rick Suttle

If you could picture a world with fewer products, significantly less museums or historical artifacts, and television shows all with similar geographical settings, this is what it would be like without workers who travel extensively. Employees who have heavy travel requirements contribute much to society, but they often spend weeks, or even months, away from their families. However, if you are ambitious, educated and talented, and don't mind traveling, you could make an above-average income in a career that requires heavy travel.

Outside Sales

Many outside sales reps must travel to sell their products and services. They cover multi-state territories and national accounts, and travel to present new products to clients. If you are a sales engineer, you travel to sell industrial products such as motors and plastics to manufacturers. And if you are promoted to sales manager, you must travel to ensure that all of your territories meet revenue goals. Sales reps, including outside sales reps, earned average annual salaries of $85,750 per year as of May 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sales engineers and managers made $97,320 and $116,860 per year, respectively.

Airline Jobs

Flight attendants spend a significant amount of time traveling -- sometimes to international destinations. As a flight attendant, you show passengers how to use seat belts, oxygen masks and seat cushions as flotation devices. You also instruct passengers on exiting planes during emergencies, and administer first aid when necessary. Pilots ensure that all cargo has been loaded, and they check with control towers for departure and arrival instructions. In this role, you navigate planes using various cockpit instruments, and ensure safe landings and takeoffs. Flight attendants earned average salaries of $41,720 per year in 2011, according to the BLS. As a pilot, you would make an average income of $118,070 annually.


Many scientists travel to distant locations to do research. Geoscientists such as geologists study rock formations and how to extract natural gas and oil from land and water sources. As a paleontologist, you find and examine fossils, and identify the plants' and animals' time periods. If you work in oceanography, you study the movement and physical properties of oceans, and determine how they affect weather patterns. Anthropologists study different types of humans who lived throughout history, their cultures and languages. Archaeologists recover the remains of these humans, including weapons, pottery and samples of their writings. Geoscientists earned average salaries of $97,700 per year in 2011, according to the BLS, while anthropologists and archaeologists made $59,040 annually.


If you plan a career in making movies or television programs, you would travel to areas that match your story's setting. Producers make all the business decisions for movies and TV shows, such as establishing budgets and hiring directors. As a director, you select the actors, schedule rehearsals and oversee the filming, lighting, music, costumes and special effects in movies. Actors bring the stories to life, studying scripts and adapting their mannerisms and speech to the characters they portray. Producers and directors earned average annual salaries of $92,220 in 2011, according to the BLS. As an actor, you would make $33.82 per hour, on average, or $70,346 per year, based on a 40-hour workweek.

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