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By Tara Weiss
Amid all the gloomy talk of recession, layoffs and continued financial turmoil, there are some sectors where more jobs will be created over the next few years.
That's according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 10-year outlook for job creation. Though it was prepared before the stock market and banking crises, the forecast still makes some reasonably valid assumptions.

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No matter how old you are, there is always a label attached to your age -- especially in the workplace.

Younger workers are often viewed as inexperienced, incompetent and sometimes even entitled. Middle-aged workers can either seem restless in their careers or too comfortable. But perhaps baby boomers get the most grief, as they are often considered old-fashioned, inflexible and retirement-focused.
If you're an older worker who is looking for a job where people will have faith and trust in your wisdom, here are five jobs where your experience and expertise are an advantage.

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1. Health Care Professional

Why age is an advantage: Though young people in the medical field are more than capable of providing exceptional medical care, some people simply don't feel comfortable having someone their daughter's age in charge of their life. Older health-care professionals exude good judgment and breadth of experience; people feel you are less likely to be wrong or make a mistake.
Annual average salary*: Salary will vary depending on your position in the industry.
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*According to CBSalary.com

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2. Financial Advisor
Why age is an advantage: Older workers hold a lot of credibility with stakeholders, Walker says. There's a natural assumption that someone older knows what he is talking about, which is important when talking about finances. People will feel they can trust your opinion because they come from having been "been there, done that."
Annual average salary: $66,242

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*According to CBSalary.com

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3. Career Counselor
Why age is an advantage: It's doubtful a college graduate is going to feel comfortable getting career advice from someone who graduated the year before her. People want career advice from people who actually have depth [of years and experience] in the work force. That type of commitment will be useful when others need help landing a career.
Annual average salary: $47,074

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*According to CBSalary.com


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4. Brand Manager
Why age is an advantage: Older workers usually have a clear commitment to company goals, which means they believe in what the company is selling. "Their knowledge and experience in the global marketplace creates a frame of reference to understand 'why' and to recognize the place of the company within that marketplace," Walker says.
Annual average salary: $60,706

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*According to CBSalary.com


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5. Consultant
Why age is an advantage: As someone older, you probably have more than one area of expertise; consult for them all! Your knowledge will make clients feel as though you will commit fewer errors, identify the best opportunities and find the clearest path to results, Walker says.
Annual average salary: $152,423; salaries will vary.

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*According to CBSalary.com

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