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Study cites 30 top growth areas for older workers

Here are the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the social sector, as ranked by Melnik and Bluestone in a 2010 study, "After the Recovery: Help Needed — The Coming Labor Shortage and How People in Encore Careers Can Help Solve It":

1. Primary, secondary and special education teachers

2. Registered nurses

3. Home health aides

4. Personal and home care aides

5. Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants

6. Medical assistants

7. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

8. Business operations specialists

9. General and operations managers

10. Child care workers

11. Teacher assistants

12. Receptionists and information clerks

13. Medical and health service managers

14. Clergy

15. Social and human service assistants

16. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

17. Educational, vocational and school counselors

18. Computer support specialists

19. Office clerks, general

20. Managers, all other types

21. Social and community service managers

22. Mental health and substance abuse social workers

23. Accountants and auditors

24. Rehabilitation counselors

25. Medical and public health social workers

26. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks

27. Administrative services managers

28. Lawyers

29. Computer systems analysts

30. Human resources, training and labor relations specialists

Talia Schmidt is an intern at the
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