20 Best Jobs If You're Over 50

low-stress jobs over 50By Donna Rosato and Tom Ziegler

You've had a great run in your career. Now you can afford to follow a passion or enjoy a less taxing, yet satisfying, workweek. These top 20 jobs score high for flexibility and social meaning, enjoy relatively low stress, and none require advanced degrees.



1. Grant Coordinator

Median pay: $47,800

Top pay: $61,900

10-year job growth: 12%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: Marry your professional skills with a cause you believe in by writing and coordinating funding requests for a nonprofit, school or government agency.

More than 1.5 million organizations depend on grants to keep programs running, especially important in a sluggish economy. Many grant writers consult, giving you control over how much work you take on and when you do it.

How to switch: Demonstrate good writing skills and passion for the project. Find a workshop at grantwritingusa.com.

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2. Personal Trainer

Median pay: $52,600

Top pay: $136,000

10-year job growth: 29%

Total jobs: 30,000

The job: Fitness-conscious baby boomers are paying pros to help with their workouts. And companies and communities need trainers for wellness programs.

How to switch: This job is best for a workout lover, but being in good physical shape is not enough. You'll need training and certification (find information at afaa.com and nasm.org). A background in a health field or competitive sports is helpful, too.

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3. Energy Field Auditor

Median pay: $41,200

Top pay: $66,500

10-year job growth: 12%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: Homeowners looking to cut their energy bills -- and maybe even their carbon footprint -- are hiring auditors to check the house for leaks and recommend improvements. You set your own hours for appointments, and you can feel good about making the world a greener place.

How to switch: Engineering or construction know-how is helpful but not essential. You'll need to take a six-week training course for state certification. Find out more at aeecenter.org.

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4. Online Content Marketing Writer

Median pay: $51,900

Top pay: $104,000

10-year job growth: 13%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: As companies turn to social media and the Internet to promote their products and services, they need pros to edit and manage their digital communication materials. You'll work with marketing staff to ensure the content matches corporate goals. You can do project work or freelance, giving you lots of flexibility.

How to switch: It's best to have a background in marketing and writing experience. Courses and even certification in digital media marketing helps, too. Get info at emarketingassociation.com.

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5. Tutor

Median pay: $52,400

Top pay: $106,000

10-year job growth: 15%

Total jobs: 20,000

The job: Private tutoring outside the classroom -- often one-on-one but also for groups -- is in demand, thanks to parents who want to give their children an edge and nonprofit and city/state programs aimed at improving the academic performance and college readiness of disadvantaged youth. You can schedule sessions any time you want, and the job doesn't require as much training as teaching does.

How to switch: No special degree is required, but teaching experience is helpful. For more on training programs for career changers, go to reserveinc.org and encore.org.

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6. SEO Specialist

Median pay: $52,100

Top pay: $71,400

10-year job growth: 13%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: There are roughly 250 million websites on the Internet and the most popular way to find them: Google. Competition for the number one spot in Google's search results is fierce, and a search engine optimization, or SEO, specialist knows how to hone a website's pages so they will land near the top. Increasingly, organizations are realizing the importance of SEO, making it one of tech's fastest-growing fields. Since the job is largely online-based, you can work from anywhere and create flexible hours.

How to switch: Search for "SEO training" on Google, and you'll find millions of offers from "certified" experts. A more credible route is to look for classes at your local community college to boost your knowledge and resume. Most importantly, read all you can about this constantly evolving profession on online forums such as forums.seochat.com.

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7. Pilates/Yoga Instructor

Median pay: $62,400

Top pay: $137,000

10-year job growth: 29%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: Mind. Body. Spirit. Career. Pilates and Yoga instructors guide classes (or individuals in one-on-one sessions) through each discipline, making sure students learn their particular practice in a way that is challenging, yet safe and comfortable. If you're thinking about becoming an instructor, it's probably because you already love doing it and want to share your experience with others. Whether you're working with a school or teaching on your own, you can tailor your classes to fit your schedule.

How to switch: As both fields become more popular, demand is growing for instructors, but certification and training are crucial to prevent injuries. Both the Pilates Method Alliance and the Yoga Alliance recommend at least 200 hours of training. For more details, go to pilatesmethodalliance.org and yogaalliance.org.

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8. Marketing Representative

Median pay: $52,500

Top pay: $92,800

10-year job growth: 7%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: As a marketing rep you are the face of the company. You spend the most time with the customers, and your job is to keep them informed, happy and hungry for more. That requires an exhaustive knowledge of the company's product or service, along with the enthusiasm to drive your message home. Since the bulk of your work is managing clients, you can usually set a flexible schedule that doesn't tie you to a desk.

How to switch: Find a company whose product or service you believe in -- if you don't feel it, you can't pitch it. Learn everything there is to know about them, then use your gift of gab to pitch yourself to the hiring team. Learn more from the American Marketing Association: marketingpower.com. Or if you need more formal guidance, free online courses can be found at MIT: ocw.mit.edu.

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9. Technical Writer

Median pay: $68,100

Top pay: $95,600

10-year job growth: 18%

Total jobs: 50,000

The job: Ever wonder who wrote the manual that taught you how to program your DVR? Technical writers take complicated information -- like which tiny button erases your entire video library -- and put it into simple-to-understand language. Most positions are in information technology, science and engineering, but the work has expanded across a wider range of industries. The field has a solid growth rate and commands one of the higher salaries on our list. Many jobs are on a contractual basis, so you can set your own hours and workload.

How to switch: Strong writing skills are a must, and a background or degree in a technical field can only add to your credibility. As more technical writing moves online, knowledge of desktop publishing and graphics programs will also help boost your prospects. Check out the Society for Technical Communication's website for more information: stc.org.

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10. Patient/Health Educator

Median pay: $63,300

Top pay: $87,600

10-year job growth: 18%

Total jobs: 10,000

The job: Spreading the word of wellness is the main goal of a patient/health educator. From hospitals to schools to public and private organizations, the job covers health education from head to toe. You can teach kids about the importance of exercise, set up lunchtime health screenings at an office, or counsel patients about difficult lifestyle changes after a major operation. Like a doctor or nurse, you are a caregiver -- and your gift is knowledge. And as prevention takes a greater role in health care, the need for educators is rapidly growing.

How to switch: Entry-level positions generally require a bachelor's degree in health education. Check out local schools for continuing education courses that can expand your knowledge. If you have the time, an internship or volunteer experience can help fill out your resume. Learn more at aahperd.org/aahe, the American Association for Health Education's website.

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Jean Jean

seems like the only race that is allowed to be legally racist against is the white people

November 10 2015 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean Jean

Funny how the only race allowed to be racist against the white folk

November 10 2015 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NOT ABOUT COLOR

This is for Natalie Gilmore Coke are you serious NO one in your life time had you as a slave NO one pointed a finger at you no one sent you to colored only bathroom . Don't you think you need to stop trying to get something for no effort no one owes you anything ... Shame on you for acting like the white world owes you something

July 16 2015 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gill Jewell

I am 55 and work as a tutor in Australia. WE make no where near the wages noted here but I was heartened to hear it is a job considered appropriate for my age group. It needs a lot of flexibility. Realistically after school time is when tutoring takes place so only a certain number of kids can be fitted in to a schedule . I was averaging $5oo. a week, but remember the tutoring student gets sick, has holidays, cancels so not a very secure job unless an institution hires you full time. I was: as a specialist support teacher(tutor). It was the best position I ever held and subsequently has provide this 'over 50 worker' with a continuing direction in continuing to study English Literature . Good luck every one. Australia is one of the most expensive places to buy a home and live, but hope to see Ya' here down under !!!!!

June 14 2015 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexis

Where the heck did they come up with those figures for a yoga instructor?? I teach adults and kids and contract with studios and also market myself through my own company of a mobile yoga teacher to preschools and day cares. I barely bring in $1000 a month. I drive all over the place, and if no one turns up at the studio I don't get paid. I also supplement my income by being a toddler teacher at a local preschool two mornings a week! Maybe if you were a yoga teacher to celebrities you may bring that in or working in NewYork (which has lots of competition from yoga teachers). In a former life I was a graphic artist for 20 years, and worked with a number of marketing professionals...that is far from a stress free profession!!

June 07 2015 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tricia

There is no way a yoga instructor would make $62k to $137k. That is completely ridiculous. More like $20-30k. I have 15 years of teaching experience to back me up. The author of this article is clearly smoking something if they think those numbers are accurate.

May 29 2015 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nataki Gilmore-Cokel

Susanne, you are a load of crap! So-called "Minorities" have the worst chance of gaining meaningful employment, especially after age 50. Don't blame us for what society lacks or is unwilling to give to all of its people. Stop feeling as if you're "privileged" because you're white, and get off the pedestal.

May 22 2015 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michelle

I don't see any pedestal... just a white gal telling it like it is! I live on the Maryland side of metro DC, in the lovely capitol of Annapolis. Trying to find a government job here (state or fed) if you're not a minority is next to impossible. And private sector jobs? All dried up due to Obama's "new economy". So open your eyes, Nataki, and stop hating because of one's lack of color. Not a one of us did anything to you. Plus, it's highly unattractive!!!

June 23 2015 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bardi

The 2nd page made my hopes for a good job over 50 sink a bit, as the link was broken: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-jobs/2011/jobs-older-workers/11.html

May 07 2015 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cchuey30g70

This article is a real load .What a waste of good time

April 06 2015 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
One-Eyed Cat 57

This is a joke:)
Search Engine Optimization is a job for over 50 somethings?(SEO) I did this for the company that sent my job to India. I did this from 2006-2008. I was with the company for over 23 years and evolved from a Graphic Artist to an Internet Analyst.
Now I am stuck as a Customer Service Turkey because I am 57 years of age. I was google certified too. Because I am over 55, most companies think I don't know what google is. Their loss. At least I am not on dope and have some retirement investments left. This country is wasting some of the best talent out there. Not speaking of myself only, there are many others my age that are still vibrant, and do not want to try to sell Real Estate and change bed pans. Many boomers are tech savvy, but can't get anywhere with tech companies because of age bias.
Maybe I can still go to Vo-Tech and become a Plumber.

March 03 2015 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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