25 Best Jobs for Boomers

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seniorsBaby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are nearing retirement age. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there are 78.2 million boomers, and that every hour, 330 of them turn 60. That means an entire generation of workers might leave the work force in the coming years.

But they might not.

Many baby boomers are choosing to postpone retirement and stay at their current jobs or find new ones. Some can't afford to retire, but many want to explore new avenues. After decades of working in jobs that paid the bills but didn't fulfill them, they're moving to different industries.

For their book "225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers," authors Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin decided to comb through data to discover what the best jobs are for baby boomers. They looked at salaries, projected job growth and the number of openings to calculate which jobs have the most promise.

Farr and Shatkin break down their findings in more than 70 lists, ranging from the best-paying jobs to the best jobs for boomers age 45-54. Whatever your criteria are, Farr and Shatkin have the job for you.

Below you'll find the list for the 25 overall best jobs for all baby boomers:


1. Management analysts

What they make*: $67,005

Projected annual openings**: 78,000


2. Teachers, post-secondary

What they make: $68,456

Projected annual openings: 216,000


3. Logisticians

What they make: $44,563

Projected annual openings: 162,000


4. General and operations managers

What they make: $93,594

Projected annual openings: 260,000


5. Registered nurses

What they make: $66,427

Projected annual openings: 215,000


6. Anesthesiologists

What they make: $310,132

Projected annual openings: 38,000


7. General internists

What they make: $351,307

Projected annual openings: 38,000


8. Obstetricians and gynecologists

What they make: $285,254

Projected annual openings: 38,000


9. Family and general practitioners

What they make: $198,221

Projected annual openings: 38,000


10. Psychiatrists

What they make: $191,080

Project annual openings: 38,000


11. Surgeons

What they make: $322,281

Projected annual openings: 38,000


12. General pediatricians

What they make: $181,764

Projected annual openings: 38,000


13. Medical and health services managers

What they make: $94,269

Projected annual openings: 33,000


14. Financial managers, branch or department

What they make: $101,963

Projected annual openings: 71,000


15. Treasurers, controllers and chief financial officers

What they make: $172,946 - $240,588

Projected annual openings: 71,000


16. Chief executives

What they make: $382,705

Projected annual openings: 63,000


17. Government service executives

What they make: $167,766

Projected annual openings: 63,000


18. Private sector executives

What they make: $169,570

Projected annual openings: 63,000


19. Pharmacists

What they make: $108,499

Projected annual openings: 23,000


20. Lawyers

What they make: $116,810

Projected annual openings: 53,000


21. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school

What they make: $150,467

Projected annual openings: 31,000


22. Administrative services managers

What they make: $86,666

Projected annual openings: 40,000


23. Sales representatives, agricultural

What they make: $53,034

Projected annual openings: 44,000


24. Sales representatives, chemical and pharmaceutical

What they make: $88,049

Projected annual openings: 44,000


25. Sales representatives, electrical/electronics

What they make: $51,105

Projected annual openings: 44,000



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