Approximately 35 percent of Americans over the age of 65 do not have a pension plan and live entirely on Social Security. Some people do have a small pension, but they may not have enough money to meet all of their needs. Other older adults work to remain active, or they may be trying to add to their retirement savings. The fact that life expectancy has increased means that people will spend more years in retirement than past generations, which may inspire them to work longer. Working also promotes social support and interaction, which is good for seniors.
Approximately 37 percent of Americans between 65 and 74 years old are working; some are fulltime workers and about nine percent work part time. There are many different job opportunities for older Americans nowadays.
Top Retirement Jobs For Seniors
1. The fastest growing jobs are found in the health care industry. Many become caregivers for the elderly or disabled, which involves assisting their patients with daily living tasks in a home-like environment. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse or Licensed Professional Nurse, there are many fulltime and part-time jobs available, especially in the senior care industry. It is possible to earn between $30,000 and $52,000 annually for fulltime work or even more.
2. If you are a retired accountant or someone who is good with numbers, you can often find a part-time job as a tax preparer, especially during tax season. Note that if you are interested in this type of job, you will be required to pass a test. The average pay is about $64.25 per hour.
3. Consider signing up at a temp agency as they can assist you in finding a job. These employment agencies can often match your schedule and skills to find full-time or part-time employment. Temporary office work is a good way to earn extra money, and even with high unemployment figures there is still a demand for temporary workers skilled in finance, accounting, law and administrative skills. Just be sure to update your resume regularly and include skills that will stand out.
4. Some people, including seniors, may prefer to work from home. If you are crafty and artistic, you can knit sweaters or make a variety of homemade crafts, which you can sell on websites like Etsy or at fairs in your community.
5. If you are a retired teacher, you can often find a job as a part time substitute or as a one-on-one tutor. Positions may be found at schools or by placing an ad in the newspaper. The tutoring may be to help a child increase their SAT scores, or it may be in a subject, such as math or a foreign language. The pay is approximately $10 per hour.
6. If you are handy around the house, there may be opportunities for you. Having tools or a work shop in the garage to make repairs is ideal. A lot of people like to hire a skilled individuals rather than a large company to do small repairs for the house. It will be helpful if you can make some business cards or perhaps advertise in your local community paper so you can get the word out as this type of work as the potential to earn $50 an hour.
7. Quite often federal jobs are available. It may be acting as a park guide or maintenance worker. Check USAJobs.gov, then, search for the keyword that fits your skills. Park workers make about $15 per hour, but with if you have are good in history, botany or geology it may be possible for you to earn a little more. Age discrimination is not likely to be an issue when working in a government job.
8. Consulting firms often need people for special projects. Organizations that are downsizing often need freelancers to fill in the gaps, so this is usually a part-time or temporary job. Researcher positions are also available if you have the expertise necessary for their project so be sure to check the job listings in your area.
9. Many people are ideal for customer service jobs as their lifetime of experience is perfect for this position. If you have good communication skills, you might want to consider a customer service position.
10. If you are a man who enjoys yard work, it is possible to start a small business, usually in your neighborhood. Mowing, trimming and edging lawns can pay well, and you can set your own hours.
If you want to work after your retirement, it will be best to assess your skills carefully as you just might find out that you are qualified for a variety of different positions.
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