Most Common Jobs for Older Workers

By: AJE Recruiting Specialist

Most Common Jobs for Older Workers

Of people age 55 and older, over 40 percent remain in the workforce. Many factors contribute to older workers remaining in the labor market longer, some of which include the economic downturn, increases in health costs and an aging population.

As more and more older Americans look to pursue different careers or take on part-time employment to subsidize their income, there are several occupations that are growing particular to this older age group. Industries such as consulting and care giving are among and older workers are primed to position themselves as good candidates for these job openings

According to a recent report released by Northeastern University based on analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau, here are top occupations for older workers.

The 30 Fastest-Growing Occupations for Older Workers

  • Primary, secondary, and special education teachers
  • Registered nurses
  • Home health aides
  • Personal and home care aides
  • Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
  • Medical assistants
  • Licensed practical and vocational nurses
  • Business operations specialists
  • General and operations managers
  • Child care workers
  • Teacher assistants
  • Receptionists and information clerks
  • Medical and health service managers
  • Clergy
  • Social and human service assistants
  • Maids and housekeeping cleaners
  • Educational, vocational, and school counselors
  • Computer support specialists
  • Office clerks
  • Managers
  • Social and community service managers
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers
  • Accountants and auditors
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Medical and public health social workers
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
  • Administrative services managers
  • Lawyers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists