One in five workers over the age of 60 say they don’t think they’ll ever be able to retire, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Half say they’ll have to wait until at least 70 to stop working. It’s no surprise that 8 percent of workers aged 55 or older reported taking on a second job last year.
Whether you have to work, want to supplement your income, or just hope to stay active in retirement, part-time work can be the answer.
But not all part-time jobs are created equal. Some are better for most older workers than others. (Let’s face it: no matter how fit you are, you’d probably prefer to leave the physically challenging stuff to younger workers who aren’t as worried about throwing out their backs, etc.)
The good news is that there are part-time jobs to suit every preference, professional background, and skill set. Whether you want to work in the great outdoors or from the comfort of your home office, one of these gigs is sure to be for you:
If you love your career, but want to spend a little less time doing it, consulting might be perfect for you. Turn your expertise, network, and experience to good advantage and work part-time for your old employer or for other companies in your field.
Median Pay: Variable; To set your rate, start by dividing your old compensation by hours worked.
Retired teachers have the educational background and experience to help students learn tough subjects, bringing up their grades and preparing for exams like the SAT, among other milestones. In addition to tutoring, there are other flexible job options available for former teachers.
Median Pay: $17/hour
3. Athletic Coach
Want to share your love of sports with a new generation of budding athletes? Coaching might be for you. Pay generally isn’t high — a few thousand per season — but if you need a little extra cash and want to work outdoors, a gig as an athletic coach might be perfect for you.
Median Pay: $14/hour