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50 most physical jobs in America

While some Americans may spend most of their working day glued to a computer screen, consequently increasing their risk for heart disease, other workers are exerting 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.

For this Stacker list, jobs were 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 2018.

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.

Read on to find out if your job is one of the 50 most physical in the U.S. 

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#50. Adapted physical education specialists

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $56,680 (Median hourly wage: Not available)
- 2016 employment: 41,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 8.29%

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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#49. Police patrol officers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $61,380 (Median hourly wage: $29.51)
- 2016 employment: 684,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.24%

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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#48. Forest fire fighting and prevention supervisors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $76,330 (Median hourly wage: $36.70)
- 2016 employment: 59,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.46%

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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#47. Correctional officers and jailers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $44,330 (Median hourly wage: $21.31)
- 2016 employment: 450,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 6.96%

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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#46. Helpers—roofers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 50
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2018 median annual wage: $30,390 (Median hourly wage: $14.61)
- 2016 employment: 10,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 16%

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

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 36
- 2018 median annual wage: $35,120 (Median hourly wage: $16.89)
- 2016 employment: 71,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11.13%

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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#44. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 37
- 2018 median annual wage: $23,770 (Median hourly wage: $11.43)
- 2016 employment: 1,443,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 14%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners must have enough stamina and trunk strength to carry loads of cleaning supplies and linens, clean and disinfect spaces, and transport waste. A majority of these employees hold a high school diploma and need to be trained by an experienced employee to ensure that health standards are met.

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#43. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 37
- 2018 median annual wage: $33,820 (Median hourly wage: $16.26)
- 2016 employment: 17,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10.59%

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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#42. Foundry mold and coremakers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 37
- 2018 median annual wage: $35,430 (Median hourly wage: $17.04)
- 2016 employment: 13,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 6.92%

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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#41. Fiberglass laminators and fabricators

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 39
- 2018 median annual wage: $34,500 (Median hourly wage: $16.59)
- 2016 employment: 20,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11%

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators produce products such as boat hulls or cars by laminating layers of fiberglass onto molds. Workers must be able to lift heavy materials such as fiberglass or wood, release or smooth out bubbles, and mix resins. Less than half of employees reported having a high school diploma or higher, but work-related skill is required.

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#40. Hunters and trappers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2018 median annual wage: $25,380 (Median hourly wage: $12.20)
- 2016 employment: 27,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11.48%

Hunters and trappers must be able to travel for long distances on foot in order to hunt and inspect traps, as well as have the strength and ability to skin and stretch pelts. Apart from knowledge of hunting laws, permits, and animal biology, hunters and trappers need steadiness and dexterity. Most of these jobs will not require any diplomas, just experience and critical thinking.

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#39. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2018 median annual wage: $38,220 (Median hourly wage: $18.38)
- 2016 employment: 11,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12.73%

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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#38. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $24,200 (Median hourly wage: $11.64)
- 2016 employment: 110,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 18.18%

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

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $29,500 (Median hourly wage: $14.18)
- 2016 employment: 55,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11.27%

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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#36. Helpers—extraction workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $36,350 (Median hourly wage: $17.48)
- 2016 employment: 17,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 15.29%

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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#35. Floor sanders and finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $37,510 (Median hourly wage: $18.04)
- 2016 employment: 7,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#34. Carpet installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $39,340 (Median hourly wage: $18.92)
- 2016 employment: 40,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 9.75%

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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#33. Plasterers and stucco masons

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $43,540 (Median hourly wage: $20.93)
- 2016 employment: 28,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 9.64%

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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#32. Rough carpenters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $46,590 (Median hourly wage: $22.40)
- 2016 employment: 1,026,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10.18%

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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#31. Forest and conservation workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $27,460 (Median hourly wage: $13.20)
- 2016 employment: 14,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 15%

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

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $28,260 (Median hourly wage: $13.59)
- 2016 employment: 2,628,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 14.78%

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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#29. Highway maintenance workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $39,690 (Median hourly wage: $19.08)
- 2016 employment: 150,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11%

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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#28. Massage therapists

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $41,420 (Median hourly wage: $19.92)
- 2016 employment: 160,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 14.13%

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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#27. Terrazzo workers and finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $42,500 (Median hourly wage: $20.43)
- 2016 employment: 4,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#26. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $43,730 (Median hourly wage: $21.03)
- 2016 employment: 120,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 8.75%

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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#25. Construction carpenters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $46,590 (Median hourly wage: $22.40)
- 2016 employment: 1,026,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10.18%

Construction carpenters use hand or power tools to install or repair fixtures and structures that are usually made of wood. They often have to lift or cut materials using their dexterity and strength abilities. Employees may need months or years of experience working with a skilled professional or as an apprentice in order to be successful at this job.

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#24. Commercial divers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $49,140 (Median hourly wage: $23.63)
- 2016 employment: 4,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#23. Rail car repairers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $56,220 (Median hourly wage: $27.03)
- 2016 employment: 22,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10.45%

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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#22. Roof bolters, mining

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $58,650 (Median hourly wage: $28.20)
- 2016 employment: 4,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#21. Construction laborers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $35,800 (Median hourly wage: $17.21)
- 2016 employment: 1,217,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11.94%

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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#20. Rock splitters, quarry

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2018 median annual wage: $34,750 (Median hourly wage: $16.71)
- 2016 employment: 4,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#19. Municipal fire fighting and prevention supervisors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 53
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2018 median annual wage: $76,330 (Median hourly wage: $36.70)
- 2016 employment: 59,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.46%

Municipal fire fighting and prevention supervisors manage and instruct municipal (relating to a specific city or government body) firefighters as they control fires and make rescues. They must be able to rescue people in dangerous situations and administer first aid while directing fire fighting. The position requires an abundance of experience and on-the-job training.

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#18. Cement masons and concrete finishers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 41
- 2018 median annual wage: $43,000 (Median hourly wage: $20.67)
- 2016 employment: 179,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12.51%

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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#17. Nursery workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $24,320 (Median hourly wage: $11.69)
- 2016 employment: 504,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 15.24%

Nursery workers are responsible for planting, spraying, watering, and weeding plants at a nursery facility, as well as harvesting or transporting plants. It requires a lot of bending down in the dirt and working with your hands in the outdoors, often for extended periods of time. This job usually requires a high school degree, along with some extra work experience or subject knowledge.

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

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 43
- 2018 median annual wage: $37,520 (Median hourly wage: $18.04)
- 2016 employment: 20,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 8.5%

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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#15. Fence erectors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $34,800 (Median hourly wage: $16.73)
- 2016 employment: 25,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12.8%

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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#14. Tree trimmers and pruners

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $38,190 (Median hourly wage: $18.36)
- 2016 employment: 55,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 13.64%

Employees need stamina to 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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#13. Roofers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 56
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $39,970 (Median hourly wage: $19.22)
- 2016 employment: 146,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 11.3%

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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#12. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $48,320 (Median hourly wage: $23.23)
- 2016 employment: 20,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12%

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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#11. Fallers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 60
- Level of stamina required: 48
- 2018 median annual wage: $44,080 (Median hourly wage: $21.19)
- 2016 employment: 8,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 10%

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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#10. Stonemasons

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $41,220 (Median hourly wage: $19.82)
- 2016 employment: 19,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 9.47%

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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#9. Structural iron and steel workers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 45
- 2018 median annual wage: $53,970 (Median hourly wage: $25.95)
- 2016 employment: 70,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12.43%

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. Manufactured building and mobile home installers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $32,040 (Median hourly wage: $15.40)
- 2016 employment: 4,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.50%

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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#7. Derrick operators, oil and gas

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 63
- Level of stamina required: 46
- 2018 median annual wage: $46,120 (Median hourly wage: $22.17)
- 2016 employment: 11,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 16.36%

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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#6. Municipal firefighters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 66
- Level of stamina required: 54
- 2018 median annual wage: $49,620 (Median hourly wage: $23.85)
- 2016 employment: 327,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.43%

Municipal firefighters (often employed by a governing body or city) are responsible for fighting municipal fires, rescuing citizens, and protecting property from fires. They must be physically fit enough to search through burning buildings and administer first aid in hazardous conditions. Most jobs require specific training and a number of months or years of on-the-job experience.

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#5. Forest firefighters

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 69
- Level of stamina required: 54
- 2018 median annual wage: $49,620 (Median hourly wage: $23.85)
- 2016 employment: 327,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 7.43%

Forest firefighters require slightly more “importance of stamina” than municipal firefighters, as they must control fires and rescue victims in forests or vacant public land. They need to have knowledge about the natural land around them and are required to fight fires on a much larger scale. Sixty-one percent reported having a high school diploma or equivalent, and employees often need months to years of working with professionals as trainees.

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#4. Choreographers

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 69
- Level of stamina required: 55
- 2018 median annual wage: $47,800 (Median hourly wage: $22.98)
- 2016 employment: 7,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 12.86%

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
- 2018 median annual wage: $50,650 (Median hourly wage: Not available)
- 2016 employment: 12,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 14.17%

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. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

- Importance of having stamina in this job: 75
- Level of stamina required: 57
- 2018 median annual wage: $39,820 (Median hourly wage: $19.15)
- 2016 employment: 299,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 18.39%

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: 88
- Level of stamina required: 64
- 2018 median annual wage: Not available (Median hourly wage: $16.31)
- 2016 employment: 14,000
- Projected job growth by 2026: 13.57%

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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