1. Health Care
The aging population and longer life expectancies are spurring a wide range of health care-related jobs. In fact, for the period 2012 to 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that industries related to health care will generate the most new jobs, 5 million. New ones are cropping up all the time for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s that cater to people in their 80s and 90s.
You'll do well to think broadly about what a health care job is, and how your talents and skills might be redeployed to take advantage of the opportunities. The jobs can run the gamut from repairing gurneys and wheelchairs at a hospital to transcribing medical records at a physician's office.
Look for jobs at public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services. Look too at health-related nonprofits and environmental and animal welfare groups — these groups have been hiring workers to provide services, run programs and raise money.
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Consider too whether you should hang a shingle for your own self-employed enterprise in the health field.
Some specific jobs to explore in the sector include dietitian and nutritionist, patient advocate, personal and home health care aide, massage therapist, physical therapist (and aide/assistant), registered nurse or licensed/practical nurse, nurse practitioner, senior fitness trainer, skin care specialist, home modification professional, medical equipment maintenance and repair, and medical records administrator.
As boomers slide into their retirement years, they are increasingly seeking help with managing their money, whether it's bill paying or estate planning or choosing the right insurance policy. There is growing awareness that people need to have financial plans in place to help avoid outliving their savings.
Moreover, as traditional employer-provided pensions have been replaced by do-it-yourself 401(k) and similar plans, demand is on the upswing among all age groups for experts who can make sense of retirement investment. Little wonder that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth in the financial activities arena to bump up about 10 percent in the next decade.
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Jobs to explore in the sector include accountant, personal financial adviser and planner, insurance broker, retirement coach, bookkeeper, financial manager and tax preparer.
3. Leisure and hospitality
Given the snowballing number of retiring workers, there has been an upsurge in demand for travel and leisure activities. So it's not surprising that the Manpower survey found that 23 percent of employers in this field were planning to take on more workers in the first quarter of 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics sees long-term growth too: about 1.3 million new jobs between 2012 and 2022.
Jobs to explore in the sector include barber and hairdresser, cosmetologist, casino worker, caterer, chef, cruise line worker, landscaper, pet sitter/walker, recreation worker, resort worker, tour worker, bartender, waiter and hotel shuttle van driver.