Best Jobs If You're Over 55

secure jobs older workersDemographics shape career choices in all kinds of subtle ways. Research has examined the effect of gender and geography on career choice. But what about age?

In his book "150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future," author Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., shares some of the most secure jobs by demographic -- jobs that tend to attract a high volume of certain types of workers. In one such list, Shatkin reveals the best secure jobs with a high percentage of workers age 55 and over.
To create this list, Shatkin first identified the 150 most secure jobs based on various data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Next, he sorted those jobs in order of the list's primary criterion -- workers age 55-plus. He then sorted the list further using earnings, growth rate and number of openings.

Shatkin is not implying that workers in this age range should consider these jobs based solely on their inclusion in this list. It's just meant to provide a different perspective on the types of jobs that are popular amongst workers in this demographic. Mature workers might be drawn to these positions for different, personal reasons. Certain roles, such as chief executives, often require a significant amount of experience. If this list makes you consider a potential job that you might have otherwise overlooked for any reason, you'll find yourself in good company.

Here are 14 secure jobs with a high percentage of workers age 55-plus:


1. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists*
  • Percent age 55 and over: 41.9
  • Median annual salary: $67,880**

2. Psychologists, all other (not listed separately)
  • Percent age 55 and over: 41.9
  • Median annual salary: $90,010

3. Chief executives
  • Percent age 55 and over: 35.5
  • Median annual salary: $166,910

4. Physicists
  • Percent age 55 and over: 33.8
  • Median annual salary: $106,360

5. Urban and regional planners
  • Percent age 55 and over: 33.8
  • Median annual salary: $64,100

6. Management analysts
  • Percent age 55 and over: 32.3
  • Median annual salary: $78,490

7. Education administrators, all other
  • Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
  • Median annual salary: $76,730

8. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school
  • Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
  • Median annual salary: $87,470

9. Education administrators, postsecondary
  • Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
  • Median annual salary: $84,280

10. Administrative services managers
  • Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
  • Median annual salary: $79,540

11. Instructional coordinators
  • Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
  • Median annual salary: $59,280

12. Writers and authors
  • Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
  • Median annual salary: $55,870

13. Transportation inspectors
  • Percent age 55 and over: 31.3
  • Median annual salary: $62,230

14. Social and community service managers
  • Percent age 55 and over: 30.8
  • Median annual salary: $58,660

*Occupations and percentages based on figures from "150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future," which used figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

**Salary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Harla

This is the worst, most linear thinking, age-biased review I have ever read. You have NO IDEA what you are talking about. Shatkin's data collection model is not only deeply flawed, it is biased from the outset.

Debra, get some real world experience before you spew out more of this type of garbage.

July 19 2013 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abu Hashem

Total crap, Am an engineer and I can't find good paying job. Stop wasting people's time.

March 03 2013 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a1eyeblind1

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job-search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

However Debra doesn't actually apply for any of these jobs does she?

February 28 2013 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a1eyeblind1

Maybe Debra; who don't look to be anywhere near 50, should apply for a few of these jobs and see how far she gets?

February 28 2013 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kulanihakoi

RU SERIOUS this story is SIX months old. like a fish

January 14 2013 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kulanihakoi

What a STUPID list, those people have had the career. NOT! just starting out...

January 14 2013 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fernerobin

In the real world, how about security guard, school bus driver,WalMart greeter or cart crew member. In our home county in Florida with actual unemployment at 40% plus, you might try playing the harmonica on a street corner or holding a 'work for food' sign. That would be realism. What an absurd list!

January 10 2013 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debora

What a ridiculous list! Anyone qualifying for those jobs already has a graduate/masters/doctorate and is probably already in such a job. The headline lead me to believe the article would be suggesting jobs for the average 55 year old, such as myself.

September 09 2012 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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omcpilot

Agreed 100%. My sentiments exactly.

January 09 2013 at 2:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kulanihakoi

Debora did you ever live in the 50th state?

As for your answer I wholly agree, I actually looked hoping for a lead. Instead I got a lead balloon

January 14 2013 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jsp2151

OK now how about some jobs for NORMAL people, you know the ones that dont have a PHD or even college, i think its callef the General Population

September 09 2012 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tony

There is none for normal people. They are all screwed, they might as well move to china. have a nice day.

September 09 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARSHA

what jobs are their avaliable for the high school with mimimal college only out there?

August 10 2012 at 1:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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tony

Sorry, the country is out of them kind of jobs.
Might as well learn how to live in a ditch & dumpster dive. Good luck. & have a nice day.

September 09 2012 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kulanihakoi

walmart, starbucks, sears, security guard, outback steakhouse,

January 14 2013 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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