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Best paying jobs for retirees


Retirementjobs.com, an online recruiter, and the compensation experts at Salary.com compiled this list of top jobs for retirees based on employer demand, scheduling and other preferences of older workers.  Top of page

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Job or Occupation Qualifications Expected Hourly Earnings
1. Nursing Formal education (2 to 6 years +) and licensing required for registered and practical nurses $20 to $60+ per hour based on training, level and specialization
2. Healthcare Technician 1 to 4 years of training beyond high school in healthcare specialty i.e. laboratory, x-ray, nutrition, nursing assistant $12 to $25 per hour based on training, responsibility level and specialization
3. Healthcare Administration (Non-medical) A wide range of healthcare-specific and general education and skills based on job requirements from clerical to administrative management $10 to $15 per hour for clerical; $20 to $30 for professional; and $25+ for managerial positions
4. Teaching Assistant & Aide A background in education and child care helpful as well as formal education beyond high school $8 to $15 per hour based on level of responsibility and qualifications
5. Contract & Temporary Professional Formal education (4 to 8 years) and relevant experience within profession ( i.e. Law, IT, HR, engineering, sciences, accounting & finance, project management) $30 to $70 per hour based on profession and level of experience and knowledge
6. Merchandise and Grocery Retailing Can range from no formal education or training to 4 years + beyond high school based on position $8 to $15 per hour for sales associates and customer service; $15 to $30 for supervisor and manager
7. Specialty Retail Sales Can range from no formal education to several years or industry experience and training within specialty (i.e. Cosmetics, automotive, furniture, electronics) $15 to $30 per hour based on product and personal sales
8. Accounting & Finance and Tax Preparers Can range from no formal education, to technical training such as tax preparation, up to formal education of 4 to 6 years plus relevant experience $12 to $15 per hour for clerical and bookkeeping; $15 to $30 for tax preparers & specialists; $25 to $40 for formally trained professionals
9. Banking and Lending Can range from no formal education to technical training up to formal education of 4 to 6 years plus relevant experience $10 to $15 per hour for teller and customer service; $15 to $30 for lending, $20 to $35 for supervisor and manager
10. Car/Van/Light Truck and Bus Driver Passenger vehicle license up to special vehicle licensing and certification with “clean” driving record. $10 to $15 per hour for small vehicle; $12 to $20 for larger vehicles
11. Customer Service Representative Can range from no formal education or training up to 2 to 4 years formal education or technical training – telephone and interpersonal skills vital $10 to $14 per hour for non-technical positions, $14 to $20 for technology-related jobs
12. Non-Profit Services Delivery & Administration Can range from no formal education or training up to 4 years + beyond high school based on position $8 to $14 per hour for service delivery and clerical; $14 to 25 for professional
13. Insurance & Investment Services Can range from no formal education up to 4 years+ education/training and ability to secure industry-specific certifications and licenses $12 to $18 per hour for entry sales and service; $15 to $25 for technical/licensed jobs; sales commissions often available
14. Home Care & Personal Aide Can range from no formal education or training to 4 years + beyond high school based on position as well as licenses and certifications $8 to $14 per hour for personal care providers; $12 to $20 for advanced care providers (medication, etc.)
15. Hospitality and Food Service Staff Can range from no formal education or training to 4 years + beyond high school based on position $8 to $12 per hour for entry level service providers; $10 to $15 for front desk/reception staff; $12 to $16 for sales and supervision
16. Office Clerical & Administrative Can range from no formal education or training to 4 years beyond high school based on position, computer skills often essential $9 to $12 for entry clerical and administrative; $12 to $16 for skilled administrative staff
17. Self-Employment No formal education up to 4 years +; small business management, sales, customer service and technical abilities important; licenses and certification may be required based on trade or profession Earnings can vary widely based on type of trade or business and personal capabilities (self-employment tax and liability insurance often required)
18. Franchise Business Owner No formal education required though small business management, sales, customer service and technical abilities important; personal investment may be required for franchised or licensed operations Earnings can vary widely based on cost of franchise, business revenue, type of business and personal capabilities
19. Small Employers More than 97% of employers have fewer than 100 employees. Small employers can provide diverse and challenging jobs requiring little formal education and training up to 4 years+ beyond high school Earnings can vary widely based on the industry, type of job and scope of responsibilities
20. Federal, State and Municipal Govt. The government sector is expecting that retiring employees will create large numbers of openings ranging from entry level to senior professional and management. Qualifications vary widely Earnings can vary widely based on organization, profession and scope of responsibilities
21. Return to Previous Employer You are probably already fully qualified. Employers are increasingly receptive, even eager to rehire retired employees as full time, part time or contract workers, and recent pension laws removed most obstacles to receiving a pension and a pay check. Can vary widely on a case-by-case basis though typically at or somewhat below your pre-retirement earnings
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