The Best Jobs for People Over 50
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people in the 55-years-and-older age group account for 19.5 percent in the labor force in 2010 and are projected to be 25.2 percent in 2020.
This age group’s contributions to the work force are substantial, some of them serving at helms of chief political, economic, education and military institutions. The experience of people over 50 provides a valuable asset to the U.S. workforce and their accomplishments are commendable.
Some people over 50 may transition into a full or part time consulting position in their industry while some may transition into occupations where they can use their skills and experience in related industries. CNNMoney presents 20 Best Jobs If You're Over 50 (2011) and these top 20 jobs score high for flexibility and social meaning, enjoy relatively low stress, and none require advanced degrees, as stated in Money Magazine.
Other 50+ Americans may seek employment in the non-profit sector and some may work for employers who are interested in having the experience, expertise and judgement of 50+ Americans. AARP has developed The Best Employers for Workers over 50 (2011).
Some may choose to make a difference by volunteering in libraries, museums, parks, schools, churches, zoos, hospitals, social agencies and international relief organizations such as American Red Cross, United Nations Volunteers, Peace Corps and Citizens Development Corps.
As an alternative to seeking employment, some 50+ Americans may make a career change and turn to entrepreneurship. According to the Small Business Administration, more than five million Americans age 55 or older run their own businesses and the number of entrepreneurs ages 55 to 64 is soaring.
Job Search Central at SIBL provides information to all populations on all aspects of career development. The following is job search information for people over 50.
- Job Search Central presents employment websites selected by SIBL staff for job searches from general resources and specific categories which include 50 plus, Non-profits, Associations, and Foundations, and Volunteer.
- For 40+ job seekers, we offer the AARP WorkSearch program, which is an online system with links to job listings, skills assessment tools, and training programs.
- If you have career concerns that need to be addressed on a one-to-one basis, you can register to participate in free Career Coaching Services. You can choose either AARP coaching or general coaching.
- Job Search Central also provides job search database classes and career development programs to job seekers. All these are free to the public on a first come first seated basis.
Job Search Central has a collection of books on different aspects of career development, the following are books on career development for people over 50.
- Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making It (2007), by Renee Lee Rosenberg
- Reworking Retirement: A Practical Guide for Retirees Returning to the Workplace (2008), by Allyn I. Freeman and Robert E. Gorman.
- Smart Women Don’t Retire—They Break Free From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time (2008), by The Transition Network and Gail Rentsch.
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Please note that The New York Public Library and Coming of Age NYC will present a program, Effective Employment Strategies for Those 50+, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:00pm-6:00pm at Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium. A panel of experts, including Renee Lee Rosenberg and Win Sheffield, will share essential information for job seekers.