4 Most Exciting Rural Jobs for 2020

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Sep 27, 2019

Sep 27, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Roughly eighty percent of the population lives in urban areas. This may be a good thing if you happen to live in a rural area.

With so little of the population living in similar circumstances, there's less competition for jobs and other resources.

Not everyone can or wants to be a farmer, so it's necessary to have a diverse range of opportunities in rural as well as urban areas. There are many exciting rural jobs out there, and we'll talk more about some of them in the paragraphs below.

1. Rancher

Being a rancher is similar to being a farmer, and both can be lucrative careers. The work is hard, but cattle ranchers earn almost double what the average American earns. This works out to roughly $30 per hour as the median.

Their primary job is to raise cattle to provide meat for the market. If you love animals and don't mind meat, you might want to consider buying a ranch.

2. Accounting

Not all rural jobs involve farming or ranching. Farmers are people too, and like all people, they need to drive, shop and do their taxes.

For taxes and other financial concerns, many choose to see an accountant, as do some others in small towns. Accountants are in somewhat high demand, so a bachelor's degree and knowledge of accounting can be a great way to get your life started.

3. Pharmacist

Healthcare jobs are in high demand, especially in rural areas. While a degree in any health field might give you an advantage, working in a pharmacy may be your best choice.

One of the biggest reasons for the rising demand of pharmacists and the stellar paycheck that comes with it has to do with population dynamics.

Small towns are a bit of a relic. It's an older way of life that people are slowly moving away from.

This has contributed to the rise of the elderly population in rural areas. Younger people are moving, and older people aren't.

4. Creative and Crafts

While these are technically two separate categories and broad ones at that, we've decided to lump them together. Both involve making things, particularly with your hands.

Whether you're sewing clothes or writing novels, you're putting something into the world that wasn't there before. You may be using machines, like a laptop or an industrial dryer, but part of the work relies on your own labor.

Both manufacturing and creative jobs are quite popular in rural areas, so you may find a few opportunities. Manufacturing jobs have declined in the past decade or so, but they're still around.

The Best Rural Jobs

There's more to rural jobs than just farming. While agriculture tends to be the backbone of smaller communities, plenty of different services are needed to keep things running smoothly.

We've mentioned only a few of these jobs in the paragraphs above, but there are plenty more out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you're interested.

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