Monday, May 7, 2018

10 Career Paths for Preppers

For people who want to make prepping a career path, there are many jobs that can either set you on a path to be better prepared or utilize your knowledge/skills/enthusiasm for the topic to enhance and/or create a solid career...

  1. Military.  Depending on your MOS you may learn everything from cooking for a crowd to, well, Navvy SEAL skills which obviously are orders of magnitude better than being a run-of-the-mill prepper.
  2. Trades.  When a disaster strikes (even something as mundane as having a broken water pipe), trade skills like plumbing, electrician, construction, mechanic, solar energy, etc. can both help you be better prepared for a disaster as well as help you recover from a disaster.
  3. Medical field.  Nearly all disasters have a medical needs component.  Being a doctor, nurse, paramedic, etc. not only helps you be way better prepared than the average person but you are also have the skills to handle an all-out SHTF situation.
  4. Emergency management.  There are actual college degrees in emergency management which can be used in all sorts of careers (cities, counties, and state usually have teams of emergency managers to help the municipality prepare for and recover from disasters, FEMA has hoards of emergency managers on staff, hospitals and large corporations usually have an emergency manager position, etc).
  5. First responder.  Law enforcement officers, emergency medical responders, fire fighters, etc. all have an "in" when it comes to disaster preparedness, emergency response, logistics, etc. as their entire career revolves around emergency response.
  6. Firearms specialist.  This is a wide-ranging field and covers everyone from tactical shooting instructors to gunsmiths to ammo manufacturers.  Needless to say this is a field that can be quite in demand in the world we currently live in.
  7. Outdoor skills educators.  People who work in the outdoors learn a lot of useful survival skills.  Whether teaching for Outward Bound, teaching locals how to forage for wild food, or taking school groups on outdoor survival weekends, these folks end up with A LOT of skills that can see them through any disaster.
  8. Handyman.  People with a wide range of "fit it" skills can do quite well both in a career (my handyman is usually booked solid for weeks) as well as in disaster situations (my handyman can fix just about anything--a roof, the landscaping, tile a floor, do basic car repair...if it is something that can be repaired/fixed/created he will figure out how to get it done).
  9. Cook.  In any situation, people need to eat.  Granted most people can figure out basic sustenance, but being able to cook from scratch, deal with the logistics of everything from feeding a crowd to the ordering and storage of large quantities of food, to being able to procure food whether from hunting or foraging, are specialized skills that can benefit both a career in the food industry as well as a SHTF situation.
  10. Engineer.  Designing and building critical infrastructure is as important on an ordinary day as it is after a major disaster.  Potable water systems, safe sewage disposal, electricity...many of the systems that we rely on everyday need people that can keep them running both before and after a disaster.

1 comment:

  1. How about surplus store owner or banana box retailer or wholesaler. You'd have a reason to have large quantities of canned, frozen, bagged food even medical supplies around. And when I mean large, talking about pallets or large boxes full of food