Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert is one of many experts who believes hands-on work can pull people out of depression. If you're in a rut in life, or in work, consider a new hands-on career to help change your outlook. Many hands-on jobs require minimal education, so you can quickly move into the life you dream of living. Here are ?? careers that might be for you.

Wind Turbine Technician

Average salary: $45,970/year

Minimum education required: No degree needed; on-the-job training

Job growth rate to 2022: 24 percent (11 percent is average growth rate for all jobs)

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By Warren Rohner

You might not think it, but a wind turbine technician can make a healthy living, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. This is a type of hands-on job for those who like to tinker with and fix mechanical objects.

As green energy use grows, so too does the wind power industry. Although you won't have to spend four or more years earning a degree at a university (although it could improve your chances of landing a better position quicker), becoming a wind turbine technician does require extensive training.

Earning an associate degree in applied science is the first step in starting a career in this field, according to Wind Turbine Technicians. From there, the rest of your training can be done on the job.

Glass Blower

Average salary: $44,380/year

Minimum education required: High school diploma; on-the-job-training

Job growth rate to 2022: 3 percent

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By DDauri

Shaping glass into fine art takes a creative eye and a steady hand. Being a successful glass blower means studying art history and taking on an apprenticeship or two.

Visiting museums and galleries, talking with other glass blowers and participating in glass blowing workshops will help you lay the foundation for a fulfilling career. How much you earn from this career directly depends on how well you make your art and how well you market yourself. Just as any kind of artist, it takes a lot of dedication, hard work and sweat—especially since you'll be working with high-temperatures—to successfully make it as a glass blower. But the rewards of creating something beautiful you can turn a profit on are worth it.

Tattoo Artist

Average salary: $44,380/year

Minimum education required: High school diploma; on-the-job-training

Job growth rate to 2022: 3 percent

Tattoo artist by by Giovanni Gallucci via Wikimedia Commons

By Giovanni Gallucci

Much like a glass blower, being a successful tattoo artist means people have to love your work, because it will be permanently displayed on their bodies.

Just being great at drawing isn't necessarily the first step in making it in this career field, although that helps tremendously. There's much to learn, like maintaining a clean operation and further studying techniques of tattoo artistry. Tattooing 101 outlines five necessary points to make it as a tattoo artist:

• Understanding art

• Being flexible with opportunities even though they may not be ideal

• Taking on apprenticeships

• Persevering through failures and missed opportunities

• Paying attention to detail

Attending school for a career in tattooing is possible, too. The Tattoo Learning Center offers a two-week course that goes over intermediate and advanced knowledge and safety measures. If you aren't able to make it to their facilities in L.A. or Fort Myers, Fla., the school offers online coaching classes as well.

Hair Stylist/Cosmetologist

• Average salary (9): $22,770/year

• Minimum education required: Non-degree certificate

• Job growth rate to 2022: 13 percent

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By bradleypjohnson

If you are a people person, you get a lot of face-to-face meetings and you can land a job virtually anywhere as a cosmetologist. Or, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can create a business for yourself. You also get to choose your clientele and make your own hours.

To become a professional hair stylist, one needs to go through beauty school and earn state certification for cosmetology. Curriculum hours vary from state to state, however, the national average is between 1,500 and 2,100 training hours, according to Most full-time programs can be completed in two years. Stylists are encouraged to continue taking courses and attend conferences to keep up with trends and styles.

Carpentry/Boat Building

Average salary (12): $88,100/year

Minimum education required: Minimal training

Job growth rate to 2022: 10 percent

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By Joe Mabel

A carpenter has the advantage of making his own business or working within a company. Either way, they're always hands-on, building something or making something that not only looks good but is usable for everyday life.

Depending on your skill set and learning ability, training to be a carpenter isn't long. There are online carpentry training programs available and you can be ready to start your career in as little as four months.

As far as job outlook goes, carpentry jobs are expected to increase by 24 percent in the near future.

Once you have your carpentry training, you could opt to go into the niche business of boat building. Boat building is one of the oldest branches of engineering and is a more unique hands-on job than carpentry, thus, anyone needing a boat builder can expect to pay top dollar.

Places like Great Lakes Boat Building School offer an opportunity to add a special marine trade skill to your carpentry resume. You can earn a certification in boat building within one to two years and can then pursue a career restoring boats or making new ones.

HVAC Technician

• Average salary: $43,640

• Minimum education required: Postsecondary, non-degree certification

• Job growth rate to 2022: 21 percent

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By H Padleckas

As an HVAC technician, you're always out on the field and constantly working with your hands with servicing heat, air conditioning and ventilation.

Even better, this line of work is one of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S., so it comes with a level of job security. If you enjoy working on equipment and figuring out solutions to an equipment malfunction—and don't mind seasons—this may be the career for you.

In as little as five months, through HVAC technician training programs offered by schools like Penn Foster, you can start your career in the field. Training will include learning about controlling temperatures, electronics and refrigeration.

Once you are EPA-certified through the program, getting an apprenticeship is a great way to gain experience in the field. In fact, some states require it. From there, a hands-on career is ready for you.

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