The Best Careers to Choose in the UK If You’re a Nature Lover

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If you love nature, finding ways to make the outdoors your daily office could allow you to enjoy a fulfilling career. Whether you like working with animals, doing detailed work, or getting active, you have a range of career options. Start with these six career ideas and you could be on your way to a new and rewarding career.

1. Zoology

A diploma like the International Career Institute’s Executive Diploma in Zoology could set you up for a promising role in zoology-related fields. You could work as a keeper at a zoo, help care for animals at a sanctuary, or even help zoologists with field trips and get close to animals. Other possible career opportunities include animal impound centres, animal protection, veterinary clinics and hospitals, wildlife conservation, and animal boarding centres.

You could spend your days caring for animals, feeding them, and assisting with food preparation. Other functions include observation and record keeping to assist with ongoing care programs and studies. You’ll usually need to be knowledgeable about everything from animal breeding and diseases to health care and husbandry.

2. Equine and horse care

If you have a passion for horses, you might be considering a career in equine and horse care. You could end up working at an equestrian centre, assisting racing organisations, or even in the equestrian industry as a rider or coach. Other career options include horse grooming, training, and assisting vets.

A course like the International Career Institute’s Equine/Horse Care Executive Diploma could give you the core skills and qualifications you need to succeed in this field. Upon completion, you’ll have a strong understanding of equine behaviour, training, and handling. You’ll understand vital grooming and management principles, along with feeding and exercise needs.

3. Floristry

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature with a career in the floristry field. You can end up working for a busy florist business and eventually start your own business. From helping people celebrate their wedding to creating floral masterpieces for special occasions, your role as a florist can be creatively fulfilling and financially rewarding.

International Career Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Floristry gives you the skills you need to succeed in the field. You’ll learn about processing, storing, and maintaining flowers, and you’ll learn about different types of flowers and greens. The course teaches you about design principles, different types of arrangements, and the business side of running a floristry business.

4. Landscaping

Landscaping is one of the most highly regarded professions for lovers of the outdoors. You can work for a landscaping business or start your own business as a contractor. As a landscaper, you’ll enjoy working on different projects ranging from homes and parks to hotels, resorts, and retail shopping centres.

By completing the International Career Institute’s Diploma in Landscaping, you’ll have all the skills you need to succeed quickly in the landscaping business. You’ll know about the landscaping planning process, design, and maintenance. The course gives you a solid background in managing project costs as well as skills in conducting visual analysis. Other topics covered include erosion control, lighting, monuments, and irrigation.

5. Horticulture

What better way to get close to the beauty of nature than by making horticulture your career. Horticulture gives you a wide range of career opportunities. You can end up building a career specialising in arboriculture (care of urban trees), or you might choose to go into horticulture design and help households, parks, and reserves with designing gardens. Nurseries, sports turf management, and public parks are other possible career options.

The International Career Institute’s Diploma in Horticulture is designed to give you all the skills you need to succeed in this career. Topics covered include plant propagation and protection, viticulture, organic growing, permaculture, and arboriculture. You’ll have the necessary skills to work on any type of horticulture project, whether you’re caring for gardens or large parks.

6. Personal trainer

If you love working outdoors and close to nature, working as a personal trainer will give you opportunities to spend more time outdoors. You can work for yourself as a freelance personal trainer, working with clients outdoors and at parks. Alternatively, you can work for a gym, health club, or hotel. Other career pathways include fitness training for sports clubs, corporate gyms, and athletes.

The International Career Institute’s Personal Training Diploma will give you a strong foundation for succeeding in the personal trainer field. You’ll learn about everything from exercise physiology to human biomechanics and safety. You’ll be knowledgeable about nutrition, designing fitness programs, and client communication.

Studying for an active and fulfilling career outdoors

Nature-lovers have a wide variety of career options. Whether you’re active or introspective, love working with animals or plants, you can find a fulfilling career pathway offering plenty of opportunities to get close to nature. Start by completing an accredited course in the field, and you could soon be on your way to a new and exciting career.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.