Working in remote areas isn’t for everyone. Although these jobs often come with more pay, they also come with more risk.
Things to consider prior to Working in Isolation
Working in remote areas means that work is considered removed from civilization due to:
- Communication links
To summarize: there are fewer people and means of communication, and assistance is not readily available.
Individuals with a history of health issues, physical and/or mental, should be cautious when considering a working position in a remote area: access to medical personnel may be limited. Working in a remote area often means no immediate assistance when an injury or illness occurs.
Entertainment & Facilities
Remote areas have fewer people, and consequently have limited entertainment and facilities. When working in remote areas, individuals should be prepared to live with less amenities than those available in bigger cities.
Tips for Working in Remote Areas
- Take the time to get to know the community and its members
- Find someone who can introduce you to other community members, such as co-workers, local store owners, or public service workers
- Immerse yourself in the community. Join book clubs or sports teams, volunteer at the local school or library, become involved in the community in which you live
- Build a support system: join online support groups of others who are currently or have previously completed work in rural areas
- Stay connected with friends and family by using email, social media, and video chats