Best Part-Time Gigs for Baby Boomers

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jobs for baby boomersBy Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

At a time when the majority of men and women expect to work beyond their retirement, many baby boomers will use this time to shift gears in their careers. In fact, 80 percent of today's 76 million baby boomers plan to keep working in the future and more than half of them are interested in pursuing new careers, according to a Merrill Lynch survey. When it comes to seeking a new career or continuing to work for the same employer, many boomers will opt for part-time employment.

This option is particularly appealing for boomers who want flexibility in their schedules or cannot find full-time employment. "A part-time job can keep you physically, mentally and socially active and perhaps allow you to experiment with a new work role without the commitment and energy drain of a 40-hour work week," says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., co-author of 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers. (JIST © 2007)

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Working part-time is also a great solution for boomers who want to retire, but can't because they're financially unprepared to leave the work force. "For the first time since you were a teenager, part-time work may be financially feasible even though you will be paid for fewer hours and probably at a lower hourly rate," Shatkin says. "Social Security, a pension, a 401(k) or some combination of these may cover a major fraction of your income needs. Plus, Medicare or a retirement medical plan may provide healthcare benefits that previously had been affordable only through a full-time job."

The following are 20 of the best jobs for baby boomers working part-time, based on information from the U.S. Department of Labor.


1. Teachers, Postsecondary

Annual Earnings: $54,406

Annual Openings: 216,000


2. Registered Nurses

Annual Earnings: $53,640

Annual Openings: 215,000


3. Pharmacists

Annual Earnings: $87,160

Annual Openings: 23,000


4. Clinical Psychologists*

Annual Earnings: 56,360

Annual Openings: 17,000


5. Counseling Psychologists*

Annual Earnings: $56,360

Annual Openings: 17,000


6. School Psychologists*

Annual Earnings: $56,360

Annual Openings: 17,000


7. Instructional Coordinators

Annual Earnings: $50,060

Annual Openings: 18,000


8. Security Guards

Annual Earnings: $20,520

Annual Openings: 228,000


9. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Annual Earnings: $31,530

Annual Openings: 39,000


10. Speech Language Pathologists

Annual Earnings: $53,790

Annual Openings: 10,000


11. Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services

Annual Earnings: $24,420

Annual Openings: 219,000


12. Personal and Home Care Aides

Annual Earnings: $17,020

Annual Openings: 154,000


13. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Annual Earnings: $34,650

Annual Openings: 105,000


14. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Annual Earnings: $46,710

Annual Openings: 21,000


15. Teacher Assistants

Annual Earnings: $19,760

Annual Openings: 259,000


16. Legal Secretaries

Annual Earnings: $37,390

Annual Openings: 39,000


17. Chiropractors

Annual Earnings: $67,940

Annual Openings: 3,000


18. Audiologists

Annual Earnings: $53,040

Annual Openings: 1,000


19. Janitors and Cleaners, Except for Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Annual Earnings: $19,110

Annual Openings: 454,000


20. Caption Writers

Annual Earnings: $45,460

Annual Openings: 23,000

*Jobs 4, 5, and 6 share 17,000 openings.

Copyright Selena Dehne, JIST Publishing

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