You’re tempted by the siren call of the road, but you don’t want to be away from home for days — or weeks — at a time as an over-the-road truck driver.
You love being in your car, getting paid to listen to podcasts and navigate your local highways and byways, but you don’t want to deliver greasy food or pick up strangers.
Field work might be just what you’re looking for. These jobs often allow you to work from home on your own schedule, but also require local or regional travel — so you can get that highway time you crave.
Here are five open jobs where you can travel, work a flexible schedule and be home every night.
1. Nielsen Field Service Representative
Nielsen’s been tracking what people watch, listen to and buy since 1923, and is hiring field reps around the country.
The company enlists families around the U.S. to represent consumers and give us all data on what Americans are watching on TV, buying at the store and browsing on the internet.
As a field service rep, your job would be to make home visits to install, maintain, troubleshoot and demonstrate the equipment that helps Nielsen track information from participating families.
Read this post for more information and how to apply.
2. Nielsen Membership Sales Representative
If you’ve got a bit more ambition (and fortitude), this second Nielsen position could be a fit for you.
As a membership sales representative, you’d recruit new families to participate in TV and consumer research.
In this position, you’d work within a territory and with a company-provided vehicle to visit homes unannounced. Your goal would be to “persuade, educate and earn trust from potential Nielsen families to get them energized and excited about participating in Nielsen TV and Computer Research.”
This is a remote position with field work — so you’ll work between a home office and your assigned territory, with daily trips of up to 200 miles.
At least a technical degree is preferred, but a high school diploma or GED with two to five years’ work experience will do, too. Bonus if you’re bilingual or have previous sales, social service or market research experience.
Nielsen jobs also come with great benefits! You’d be paid an annual base salary plus a commission plan. We’ve reached out to a Nielsen representative for the salary range and will update if we hear back.
Comprehensive benefits start on day one and include
- medical, dental and vision coverage
- 401(k) plan with company match
- paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick days and maternity/paternity leave
- tuition reimbursement
- company car, including insurance, gas and maintenance
- tablet, home printer and cell phone, including talk and data service
You’d also get a trip to Tampa, Florida, for paid training.
To apply: Find an opening in your area and fill out an application here.
3. UPS Delivery Driver
With the holidays approaching, UPS is hiring delivery drivers for seasonal and potentially full-time positions all over the country.
Full-time UPS employees work Monday through Friday, at least eight hours per day, but typically have weekends and holidays off. Part-time seasonal employees may work weekend and holiday shifts.
If you’re familiar with UPS, you know this is a fast-paced and physically-demanding job. You’d be loading and carrying packages up to 70 pounds. Depending on your location, you may have to drive a manual transmission, so brush up on driver’s ed!
You also have to have a valid in-state driver’s license and pass a DOT physical exam.
Bonus: You get to (er, you’re required to) wear that sexy brown uniform.
Actual bonus: Most UPS locations provide up to $25,000 in education assistance toward college, technical or trade schools for part-time employees!
UPS hourly drivers report average pay of $28 per hour, and full-time drivers report an average annual salary of $53,000, according to Glassdoor. Employees also report great benefits, including health insurance and 401(k), that kick in after one year.
4. Culligan Delivery
Remember the “Hey, Culligan Man!” commercials from the ‘90s? That could be you!
(Of course, it’s 2016, so I’ll amend it to “Hey, Culligan (Wo)man!”)
Culligan has several field positions around the country, including service technician and sales, but let’s look at everyone’s favorite person: the one who replenishes our water supply at the office.
As a route delivery driver, you would deliver Culligan water conditioning products to both commercial and residential customers.
You’d drive a company vehicle and need to be able to lift and move products up to 185 pounds. You’d have to pass a DOT physical exam and a drug test, have a safe driving record and a valid driver’s license.
You should also be familiar with your local area, good at reading maps and be able to pass a reading and math assessment test.
This is a full-time, Monday through Friday position. Culligan promises “competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package.”
To apply: Find a position in your area, and apply at Culligan’s careers site.
5. Technician With YourMechanic
Want to work for yourself on a flexible schedule as an auto mechanic? YourMechanic offers unique opportunities for anyone who wants to work in the automotive service industry.
Instead of running an auto-body shop, this “mobile mechanic company” sends a specialist to a customer’s home or office when their car needs service.
YourMechanic has technicians in more than 700 cities nationwide and is actively hiring now in 53 cities.
The company handles marketing, scheduling appointments, ordering parts, invoicing and customer support, so all you have to do is show up when a customer needs you.
In this position, you’d set your own hours through the YourMechanic app — as much or little as you want, any days, evenings or weekends you prefer. The company would schedule service calls for you within your availability.
You’d be doing basic repair and maintenance, “no engine overhauls or major transmission work.”
Pay is between $40-$60 an hour. You’d work as a contractor and provide your own transportation.
To apply: Fill out the online application here. A service advisor will call you for a phone interview and to get you set up. Then you’ll set your hours and get to work!
Your Turn: Are you looking for flexible work that lets you travel locally?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).