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5. Tutor

best jobs, older workers, tutor
Median pay: $52,400
Top pay: $106,000
10-year job growth: 15%
Total jobs: 20,000
The job: Private tutoring outside the classroom -- often one-on-one but also for groups -- is in demand, thanks to parents who want to give their children an edge and nonprofit and city/state programs aimed at improving the academic performance and college readiness of disadvantaged youth. You can schedule sessions any time you want, and the job doesnít require as much training as teaching does.

How to switch: No special degree is required, but teaching experience is helpful. For more on training programs for career changers, go to and

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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
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