Even though more and more baby boomers are reaching retirement age in 2018, a survey from CareerBuilder shows that as many as 53 percent of workers over the age of 60 say they are postponing their retirement. Older job seekers may keep a position just to stay active, to earn more money or simply to have a less-demanding job. Take a look at these occupations dominated by an older workforce.
U.S. Government Data
The U.S. government maintains a wealth of labor statistics, and it compiled a list of jobs with the highest percentage of older job seekers. In 2018, at least 23 percent of the workforce was age 55 or older. That's a huge number compared to the overall labor market, and older workers bring valuable experience, wisdom, diversity and loyalty to an employer. Combine these traits with a low-stress job, and you've got a winning combination if you're an older person looking for work.
1. Crossing Guards
Crossing guards help pedestrian and vehicular traffic navigate busy intersections, particularly near schools. Up to 57 percent of the 74,500 crossing guards in the United States are 55 and older, and the part-time hours are perfect for older job seekers just looking to stay active a few hours per day.
2. School Bus Drivers
Similarly, older job seekers 55 and above make up around 47 percent of the 515,500 bus drivers in America. Bus drivers have seasonal, part-time employment helping get school kids home safely.
Around 50 percent of the 278,350 clergy members in the United States are older workers. These people are religious, faith-based leaders of congregations.
4. Urban Bus Drivers
Bus drivers for public transportation follow daily schedules and routes while taking people from one location to another. As many as 45 percent of the 182,500 bus drivers are 55 and above.
5. Product Promoters
Older job seekers who want to continue to have a job in retail can find positions as product promoters and demonstrators. Up to 44 percent of the 101,600 product promoters are 55 and up.
6. Music Directors
Music directors lead orchestras, choirs and bands that perform live and make recordings. A full 43 percent of 71,150 music directors are 55 and older.
Psychologists in various fields study how humans react to their emotional, cognitive and social processes to gain a better understanding of how people relate to one another. Of the 168,650 psychologists, 40 percent are 55 and up.
8. Construction Inspectors
Construction and building inspectors make sure projects are up to code, fulfill stated contracts and don't break laws. As many as 42 percent of this field is dominated by older employees.
9. Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Taking individuals from one place to another in a cab or limo requires knowledge of local areas and city streets. Up to 39 percent of the 353,000 taxi drivers and chauffeurs are 55 and older.
10. Property Managers
Property managers take care of residential, industrial and commercial real estate by maintaining the grounds and collecting rent. More than one-third, or 38 percent, of property managers are 55 and up.
Older job seekers have plenty of opportunities for employment. Take a look at these occupations if you want to stay active as you approach your sunset years.
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