Good jobs for older workers include home health or personal aide, retail customer service or cashiering, computer-related work such as data entry, and office work through temporary employment agencies. Government work is another option, with both the Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration reaching out to older workers.
Based on employment data and job growth, other good jobs for seniors are administrative assistant positions, tax preparation, teaching at vocational schools or community colleges, truck driving, and contract work in their field of expertise.
In the health care field, other jobs that don't require a special degree include medical or physical therapy assistant, patient advocate and billing specialist. These jobs frequently offer flexible schedules and opportunities for professional development. Older workers often choose temp agency work because it also offers flexibility in scheduling as well as a variety of different work environments.
Retailers like older workers because they make customers happy. Other good senior worker options in retail are product demonstration, greeting customers and seasonal work, which doesn't require a long-term commitment. Because older employees are often perceived as more caring and patient, some government agencies favor those over 55 for jobs such as clerks, cemetery staff, receptionists, counselors and airport security screeners.
Past experience and education, one's interests and skills, finances and health are key considerations for an older worker when choosing a job or second career.