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Ten case studies in switching careers, big-time

Jonah Smith and Palmer West, both 38, Los Angeles

At a time when we're supposed to feel lucky just to have a job, why are so many employers supporting our addiction to travel, helping us get fit, and inviting our dogs into the office? Because it's good business. Presenting our third annual list of Outside's Best Places to Work.

CEO, Eddie Bauer, #19

Minneapolis, MN

Winooski, VT

Berkeley, CA

Ketchum, ID

Fort Collins, CO

Boulder, CO

Cortez, CO

Bethel, CT

Burlington, VT

Dover, DE

Nashville, TN

San Francisco, CA

Salt Lake City, UT

How we picked them: First, with help from the Outdoor Industry Association, we got the word out to eligible applicants–nonprofit or for-profit companies with at least 15 employees working in the U.S. Our project partner, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based research firm Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.net), then sent registered…

Since being jettisoned from Patagonia's empire twenty years ago, Salt Lake City—based Black Diamond Equipment has prided itself on breaking all the rules. They eschew advertising, take enormous risks, and employ a team of superfit athletes who do their only "market research" skiing and climbing in the Wasatch backcountry. And it's working.

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There are two choices when confronting the current chaos in the job market: Be afraid. (Useless.) Be bold. (That’s the spirit.) Because moments of turmoil present the biggest opportunities to take a new direction, to find an employer who gets your need for adventure, to finally break free of the cubicle. How We Picked…

As the wisecracking host of the hit series Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe frolics in mud and trades in gross-out humor. But what started out as a gag has become a movement that's empowering Americans to rediscover our love of hard work—just when we need it most.

Do you work for a great company? One that encourages you to balance a productive work life with an active, healthy personal life—with things like fitness programs, flexible hours, or other cool perks? We want to hear about it! Tell your human resources director or public relations director to…

Thirty companies outshined the rest in our first annual study of the nation's most well-balanced workplaces

Seeking ambitious individuals hungry for life-affirming employment in emergent industries. A firm understanding of the need to balance work and play is preferred. Ideal candidates think big, enjoy travel, and are plagued by a voice that keeps repeating, You can do better than this.

Finding Outside‘s Best Places to Work—companies that make it easy for employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle—is no easy task. If you know a nonprofit or for-profit company based in the U.S. with more than 15 employees that deserves mention, shoot us an email. We don’t want…

Tired of the green-product spin? Here are 11 industry leaders doing their part.

Outside‘s Best Places to Work program recognizes companies that encourage employees to balance a productive work life with an active, healthy personal life. Does your company offer: »   fitness facilities or programs? »   flex-time or telecommuting options?…

Partners with the outdoor industry association and the best companies group to find the ultimate work environment

OK, maybe a little work, but when you're having this much fun, it's hard to tell the difference. No matter where you are or where you've been, you can still tack in a new direction and do something you love—and make a living. Just ask these folks.

Make a go of it as a yoga teacher, athlete manager, or a tour operator.

How do three guys who get paid to surf the world, shoot movies, and design sweet gear still make you want to pick up their tab?

A Definitive Directory to the Top Careers in the Outdoors