Best jobs if you're over 50

You've had a great run in your career. Now you can afford to follow a passion or enjoy a less taxing, yet satisfying, workweek. These top 20 jobs score high for flexibility and social meaning, enjoy relatively low stress, and none require advanced degrees.

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1. Grant Coordinator

best jobs, older workers, grant coordinator
Median pay: $47,800
Top pay: $61,900
10-year job growth: 12%
Total jobs: 10,000
The job: Marry your professional skills with a cause you believe in by writing and coordinating funding requests for a nonprofit, school or government agency.

More than 1.5 million organizations depend on grants to keep programs running, especially important in a sluggish economy. Many grant writers consult, giving you control over how much work you take on and when you do it.

How to switch: Demonstrate good writing skills and passion for the project. Find a workshop at

Quality of life ratings:

Personal satisfaction Benefit to society Low stress Flexibility

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From the November 2011 issue
Notes: All pay data from Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job.

Sources:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
Using Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts for 7,000 titles, MONEY and compensation experts identified jobs requiring a bachelor's degree that have strong growth prospects, and eliminated any with fewer than 10,000 positions nationwide, plus those requiring advanced degrees that take more than three years. More

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