There are dozens of industries right now looking for people who enjoy doing physical work, and people who do it well (in my experience) get compensated and treated very well to do so.
Lately there's been a resurgence in technical schools that focus on teaching skills and knowledge necessary for these kinds of careers. General Contracting, Housing Development & Construction, Plumbing, Welding, Electrical Work, you name it.
Some personal examples:
1. A very good friend is a set designer for major productions, mostly concerts and theaters. When people need cool stage stuff built, he and his team get it done.
2. A younger cousin of mine is in welding school right now and loving it.
3. At a previous job I worked with various plumbing companies and learned a ton from talking to them. The profession can't hire folks fast enough.
I would start thinking about what you've done that you really enjoyed. I noticed you tagged construction AND business... so here's an extra quick story that might interest you:
At that previous job we lent our office space to plumbing companies for training sessions, and a plumber once told us this: He (the plumber) became a plumber because his father was one. When he was older and experienced, his father retired and left him the business. He is preparing to do the same, so now HIS son is in plumbing school and will inherit the family business. He was telling us how he was amazed to find out many technical training schools now even offer supplemental small business classes to teach plumbers, AC technicians, welders, carpenters, etc. the business-basics of running your own shop, so not only will they learn their craft, but they'll be equipped to run their small business, should they chose not work for a larger company.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas!
Preston recommends the following next steps:
- I think finding a good technical school would be a step in the right direction. Research your options, learn about each one you find and what they offer. Many can also provide good help towards the cost of it.
- If you've narrowed it down to one or a few industries already, google what local businesses are around that do that. See how open they are to having someone come learn about the craft. Schedule a little field trip to see things done in action.