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The number of workers age 50 and over is soaring ­ — from 20 percent of the workforce in 1996 to 31 percent today. So is the number of new jobs.

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Home health aide: 460,900 new jobs
$20,460 short-term on-the-job training
Personal and home care aide: 375,800 jobs $19,180 short-term on-the-job training
Computer software engineer: 175,100 jobs
$85,430 bachelor’s degree
Medical assistant: 163,900 jobs $28,300 moderate-term on-the-job training
Network systems and data communications analyst: 155,800 jobs $71,100 bachelor’s degree
Dental assistant: 105,600 jobs $32,380 moderate-term on-the-job training
Self-enrichment education teacher: 81,300 jobs $35,720 work experience
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Compliance officer (except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation): 80,800 jobs $48,890 long-term on-the-job training
Dental hygienist: 62,900 jobs $66,570 associate degree
Veterinary technologist and technician: 28,500 jobs $28,900 associate degree
Physical therapist assistant: 21,200 jobs $46,140 associate degree
Physical therapist aide: 16,700 jobs $23,760 short-term on-the-job training
Skin care specialist: 14,700 jobs $28,730 postsecondary vocational award
Biomedical engineer: 11,600 jobs $77,400 bachelor’s degree
Financial examiner: 11,100 jobs $70,930 bachelor’s degree

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