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Jobs for the Over 50 Set
One piece of advice: “Broaden your horizons,” says Driver. “Going back to doing the same work you did in your earlier career is just one option you should explore. Consider turning an avocation into an income-stream or going back to school to brush up on a particular skill or get a certification that could let you switch to a new field.” Here, high-demand jobs to check out now:
What’s involved: With the aging population growing, there’s a real need for people to help the elderly do everyday tasks like getting dressed, bathing, or running errands. This job’s great if you need flexibility with your work hours, but keep in mind that it can be physically demanding (although unlike other jobs, say in retail, you don’t have to be on your feet all day.)
Some employers may require a Certified Nursing Assistant certification; check with your state’s Board of Nursing. Knowing CPR and having a driver’s license are helpful, too.
The pay: $7 to $12 an hour
Job: Medical assistant
What’s involved: The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for medical assistants will grow 31 percent until 2020. You know that person behind the desk when you check in at your doctor’s office? There are lots of those positions that need to be filled. In addition to booking appointments, you’ll do other administrative work like answering phones, taking insurance information, and maybe maintaining supplies. Getting certification as a Certified Medical Assistant (there are affordable online classes) is preferred. If you have additional medical experience, you may also perform tasks like checking vital signs.
The pay: $10 to $19 an hour
What’s involved: Companies are looking to hire experienced workers, even in this economy. The hottest areas right now: finance, management, health care, and information technology. But other fields that require highly trained individuals are looking for part-timers, too. You’ll most likely be working on a project basis, so be prepared to hit the ground running.
Where to apply: The best way to land a consulting gig is to network, network, network. Call up people you’ve worked with and know in your industry. And join the business association in your field or a regional small business association.
The pay: $65 to $125 an hour
What’s involved: Prep students for standardized tests like the SAT or LSAT, or help kids with their homework. A teaching degree is a big plus, but not necessary -- test prep firms often train tutors and you can offer private tutoring if you have expertise in a subject such as nursing, business, a language, or K-12 school subjects. Expect to find the most work during the school year and before major tests.
Where to apply: Check out companies like Kaplan Test Prep. For private tutoring, build up your creds by volunteering at your local library; you can place ads in your community paper or supermarket job board.
The pay: $10 to $24 an hour, or more depending on your experience
Job: Retail sales
What’s involved: You may think that being a salesperson at the mall is for teenagers. But stores are actually finding that customers are more satisfied and revenues are higher when they hire older salespeople, says Driver. Depending on the business, you’ll greet customers, ring up purchases, perform product demonstrations, stock shelves, and perform other retail duties. Just make sure you can handle being on your feet during your shift.
Where to apply: Stores especially need extra help around holidays. Go to the store you’re interested in and ask if they are hiring.
The pay: $7 to $19 an hour
Several larger corporations such as Starbucks, Target and Land's End are able to offer even their part-time employees benefits such as health coverage and paid vacation time (head over to ABC for a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/companies-offering-health-care-benefits-perks-part-time/story?id=14805107#2" target="_hplink">full list</a>).
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit and computer know-how, the Internet offers opportunities to bring in some cash from home -- at any hour of the day or night. Take Jose and Jill Ferrer, a retired couple <a href="http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-03-2011/more-great-part-time-jobs-for-retirees.1.html" target="_hplink">profiled by AARP</a> for supplementing a freewheeling retirement with their website, Your RV Lifestyle. By highlighting certain products related to RV living, the pair earns $700 a month, AARP reports. "And we know the potential is there to grow our website business further," Jill Ferrer says. Other ideas: <a href="http://www.etsy.com/" target="_hplink">Etsy.com</a> allows the crafty to turn a profit from their hobbies.
Personal care and home health aid topped the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of the fastest growing occupations in America. The time commitment may vary (between 10 and 30 hours per week, according to <a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/retirement/planning/the-new-best-jobs-for-retirees-1295567405980/" target="_hplink">SmartMoney</a>), but the median annual wage is around $20,000 for both occupations, according to the BLS.
Bartending is not just for twentysomethings -- and for social butterflies, this part-time gig offers opportunity to rake in extra cash, not to mention tips, with a minimal initial financial investment (a 40-hour certification course at the <a href="http://www.newyorkbartendingschool.com/courses.html" target="_hplink">New York City Bartending School costs a little less than $600</a>, for example).
Age discrimination is less of a problem in government agencies, <a href="http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/01/30/10-Best-Part-Time-Jobs-for-Retirees.aspx#page1" target="_hplink">reports The Fiscal Times</a>. In fact, agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration actively seek older workers. Visit <a href="http://www.usajobs.gov/" target="_hplink">USAJobs.gov</a> to search for available positions.
If you've got an artistic flair or an interest in theater, makeup artists can make up to $40 an hour, and only work 20 hours a week on average, <a href="http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/06/08/7-part-time-jobs-that-pay-about-22-an-hour/#photo-2" target="_hplink">AOL Jobs reports</a>. <em>Disclaimer: qualifications may include formal training in cosmetology or theater, and a license is required to practice in several states.</em>
What better way to scratch that globetrotting itch? If you're up for an on-the-go lifestyle, flight attendants also earn up <a href="http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/06/08/7-part-time-jobs-that-pay-about-22-an-hour/#photo-6" target="_hplink">to $40 an hour</a>, making it a very well-paid part-time job.
The nonprofit sector can offer more than volunteer opportunities for retirees, and may be particularly appealing to those who "thought they wanted to change the world ... [but] put that on the back burner for 20 or 30 years while they climbed the corporate ladder," as Tamara Erickson, author of "Retire Retirement: Career Strategies for the Boomer Generation," <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120767069301298203.html" target="_hplink">told <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>. To get started, <a href="http://www.idealist.org/" target="_hplink">Idealist.org</a> offers listings for available paid positions in addition to volunteer opportunities: applicants with years of experience under their belts are sure to be met with open arms. Even cooler, <a href="http://www.encore.org/learn/fellowships" target="_hplink">Encore.org</a> offers paid Encore Fellowships to "match skilled, experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with social-purpose organizations" -- while earning a small stipend for part- or full-time work, midlifers can get their foot in the door to a fulfilling retirement job.
Usher Or Tour Guide
The pay may not be great, but if you're an arts lover, a history buff or a sports enthusiast, the perks certainly are!
Go Back To School
<em>"I studied hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy 3 years ago and now I have my own business, couldn't be happier" -- Huff/Post50 reader Lee Adley </em> It's certainly a challenge, but as our amazing readers -- and the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/going-back-to-college-teresa-pitts_n_1626068.html?utm_hp_ref=fifty&ir=Fifty" target="_hplink"> many men and women featured on our page</a> -- can attest, going back to school and pursuing something totally different can be well worth the investment of time, money and energy.