Anyone looking for work knows the job market is tough and likely to stay that way for a long time. To help retirement-age job seekers, RetirementJobs.com has put together what it says is a carefully developed list of attractive positions outside the home and for those seeking at-home jobs. According to its chief career counselor, Bob Skladany, the list is based on numbers of projected job openings, the likelihood that the industry is “age friendly,” whether the jobs are age appropriate (in terms of their physical demands, schedule flexibility, and providing social interaction), and whether they offer an attractive mix of pay, benefit, and advancement opportunities. While RetirementJobs.com normally charges a membership fee to access parts of its site, it has provided open access to its national list of employers with senior-friendly workplaces.
Here are the 15 best job opportunities for older people, plus the amounts of training or education required, names of leading senior-friendly employers, and pay ranges.
1. Nursing. Formal education two to six years plus; licensing required for registered and practical nurses. Massachusetts General Hospital, Lee Memorial Health System, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Beaumont Hospitals, and most major hospitals. Pay: $20 to $60 plus per hour based on training, level, and specialization.
2. Healthcare technician. One to four years of training beyond high school in healthcare specialty (laboratory, X-ray, nutrition, nursing assistant). Same hospitals as above plus Quest Diagnostics. Pay: $12 to $25 per hour based on training, responsibility level, and specialization.
3. Healthcare administration (nonmedical). A wide range of healthcare-specific and general education and skills based on job requirements, from clerical to administrative management. Same hospitals as above and temporary staffing firms including Manpower, Kelly, and MPS Staffing. Pay: $10 to $15 per hour for clerical; $20 to $30 for professional; and $25 plus for managerial positions.