Best Jobs For Baby Boomers – Baby boomers are nearing retirement age and a lot of them are looking for jobs after they turn 60, but trying to find the best employment isn’t always easy.
In fact, 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 top 10 overall best jobs for all baby boomers.
- 1. Management analysts: $67,005
- 2. Teachers: $68,456
- 3. Logisticians: $44,563
- 4. General and operations managers: $93,594
- 5. Registered nurses: $66,427
- 6. Anesthesiologists: $310,132
- 7. General internists: $351,307
- 8. Obstetricians and gynecologists: $285,254
- 9. Family and general practitioners: $198,221
- 10. Psychiatrists: $191,080
Clarence “Nic” Nicodemus, 64, is living proof. At the ripe age of 61, Nicodemus graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and was preparing for a one-year internship, according to a 2004 press release from Michigan State University. Nicodemus joined COM at age 57, after spending a decade teaching classes and doing orthopedic research at the University of Texas.
“I feel like I can relate to patients of any age,” he said. “A patient can bring up any subject — grandchildren or a death in the family or a disease in the family — and I can relate to them.”
Like Nicodemus, many baby boomers — the chunk of our population born in 1946 through 1964 — haven’t been able to work in highly fulfilling jobs. Working lackluster, draining, even hazardous jobs just to bring home a paycheck was the norm for boomers just trying to get by. But times, they are a changing.
For reasons that vary from being under less financial stress to being able to consider part-time work for the first time, boomers now have the option of making another career move instead of retiring.