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En español | If you take to heart the age-old advice that it feels good when you make someone else feel better, you might just want to consider one of these five jobs. They offer flexible hours and can be on a full- or part-time basis. More important, the majority of these fields are expected to see from 16 to 25 percent growth through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. Pay estimates, which vary based on such factors as experience and where you live, are primarily derived from their data.

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1. Skin Care Specialist

The nitty-gritty: Maintaining healthy, glowing skin is not just a luxury treatment for the well-to-do. As aging boomers shell out for treatments, the employment of skin care specialists is expected to grow 25 percent, according to BLS. Department stores hire sales clerks to assist customers with skin care selections. Spas, health clubs, beauty salons and even medical offices are also hiring. Skin care specialists and aestheticians recommend products and can perform procedures such as waxing and electrolysis or give pore-cleansing facials. Providing head and neck massages might be in your tool kit, too. Traditionally, this has been a female-centric job, but men shouldn't shy away from this growing field. It's no longer unmanly to go for a facial.

Pay range: $8.47 to $24.57 an hour.

Qualifications: Skin care specialists usually take a state-approved cosmetology program, which can cost from $6,500 to $10,000, according to the nonprofit American Association of Cosmetology Schools. An aesthetics program that focuses primarily on learning how to perform facials, waxing and reflexology and makeup application may run closer to $3,000. Some schools offer scholarships and financial aid. After completing an approved cosmetology program, you'll need to take a written and practical exam to get a state license. Licensing requirements vary by state. For details, contact your state board. You'll find jobs posted online, but seeking out local businesses is your best bet.

2. Retirement/Life Coach

The nitty-gritty: In the topsy-turvy job market of recent years with downsizings and early retirements, the uncertainty of what to do next can be crippling. This is where you can step in. Keen listening skills and a clear sense of how to encourage people to find their path is your job. You help clients identify what motivates and inspires them and gently show them ways to suss out how they want to contribute or find meaning in their lives. You might counsel on whether they should go back to school or start a business. This position can combine life coaching and job coaching. The work is a process and takes someone who is patient, intuitive and good at coming up with creative solutions and action steps.

Pay range: $50 to $400 an hour.

Qualifications: Career and life coaching is a self-regulated industry and emerging profession. Many coaches have been doing it for years without adding professional designations. If you have a corporate background in human resources, counseling, even teaching, this might be a natural next step for you. To learn more about certification, go to the nonprofit International Coach Federation (ICF). This is the only organization that awards a global credential, which is held by more than 4,800 coaches worldwide. ICF-credentialed coaches have met stringent educational requirements, received specific coach training, and achieved a designated number of experience hours. Some coaching courses are offered online, while others consist of a few workshops. More intensive programs run over the course of a few semesters and may combine online and classroom study. You might check into programs such as the Coaches Training Institute, New Ventures West or the Rockport Institute. Be sure to check your local colleges for course listings. Duquesne University and Georgetown University are two schools that offer coach training programs. Tuition ranges widely from $1,000 to more than $10,000. The tuition for the professional coaching course at New Ventures West, for example, is $9,500.

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