Many Boomers would like to move into different careers instead of retiring, perhaps just working part-time, or even full-time still. However, many are anxious that an employer might think they’re too old to hire. The truth is many employers actually like to hire over 50-age workers. Employers feel the Boomer age group has valuable experience and are generally more stable than young workers who might be opportunity-hopping before they settle down.
Recent research out of The Brookings Institute revealed that even older workers, between the ages of 60 and 74, were actually more productive than there younger counterparts. To workers themselves, the benefits have come in boosts in their income from 28% to 30% as well as happiness from a feeling of doing something they enjoy and feeling productive.
Recently, CNNMoney reported 20 job titles that were deemed particularly good choices for over-50 workers who are either looking to change careers or just extend their existing job skills into new categories. The best thing about these jobs is they do not require an advanced degree, but may require some short training sessions or slightly longer certification training. They provide a very good income and can help you build up your retirement funds while giving you greater job satisfaction and contentment. Here are a few of the jobs they listed:
1. Grant Coordinator – pay about $47,000 annually.
2. Data Analyst – pay about $56,000 annually.
3. Energy Auditor – pay about $42,000 annually.
4. Online Marketing Writer – pay about $52,000 annually.
5. Tutor – pay $52,000 annually.
Some of the other “best jobs” included, SEO specialist, Personal Fitness Trainer, Pilates/Yoga Instructor, Marketing Representative, Technical Writer, Patient Health Educator, Staff Accountant, Fitness Consultant, Substitute Teacher K-12, Actuarial Analyst, Grant Writer, Research and Development Technician, IT Configuration Manager, Risk Management Analyst.
How to switch careers: Check out the professional organizations associated with whatever field you’re interested in entering. Usually, their websites will list ongoing training/certification workshop opportunities, or even online training, where you can pick up extra skills and network with people in the field you want to go into. Their websites also often list job opportunities.