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10 Top Jobs Employers Have a Hard Time Filling

Companies are hiring — if you know where to look

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    Experience Counts

    En español | Opportunities for older workers abound, especially for those seeking employment in certain in-demand fields such as health care and education. Employers are especially eager to find candidates with experience and workplace skills, according to ManpowerGroup's 2015 Talent Shortage survey, which also found that 32 percent of American employers say they are having difficulty filling openings. "These are areas in which older workers hold the advantage over millennials and younger generations," says Sunny Ackerman, a vice president at ManpowerGroup. Here are 10 in-demand jobs for workers 50 and older.

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    Personal Caregiver

    Given the growth in the number of adults 65 and older who need health services, caregiving is a rapidly expanding field. "If you are a people person, working as a caregiver is a perfect job for someone who is 50-plus. Giving care to someone who needs you is a wonderful experience," says Shirley Huff, a 66-year-old former nurse from Mount Vernon, Mo., who quit her last job as a convenience store clerk to find something more rewarding. She found exactly that with Visiting Angels, a national in-home senior-care company for which she provides living assistance services to a variety of patients.

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    Ride-Sharing Driver

    About 1 in 4 Uber drivers are 50 or older, and 6 in 10 drivers have no previous professional driving experience. That makes a part-time or full-time job with a ride-sharing service such as Uber, Lyft or Curb a good option for older workers looking to try something new. Craig Mitchell, 63, of Greenwood, Ind., recently quit his traveling sales representative job, signed up with Uber and hasn't looked back. "Uber allows me the flexibility of making the money I require and setting the hours and days I want to work. There is no one looking over my shoulder trying to put pressure on me," Mitchell says.

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    Teacher

    The number of new-teacher hires in public schools is expected to increase 32 percent between now and 2023, according to a 2016 U.S. Department of Education report. But even if you don't feel like going back to school to get the bachelor's degree in education typically required to teach elementary school, you should consider becoming a substitute teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade, which can require as little as a high school diploma and a state-issued teaching certification or license. (Requirements can vary by state.) "Many community colleges and other institutions are offering training for transitions to teaching at the K-12 level," says Mitchell Langbert, 62, who teaches human resource management at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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    Administrative Services Manager

    If you're good at planning, coordinating, record keeping and office upkeep, this could be the ideal gig for you. And jobs like this within the professional and business services sector are anticipated to grow 17 percent by the end of the year, based on the most recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which projects hiring for the fourth quarter of 2016. "The skills needed for many administrative jobs are transferable with the skills aging workers used in former roles," Ackerman says. "And with their wealth of institutional knowledge and both soft and hard skills, aging workers with years of experience have the advantage over younger workers looking for similar roles."

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    Medical Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

    "Medical personnel need dependable, reliable individuals who will make people feel at ease," says Joanne Munekawa, career services manager for Employment Boost, a Detroit-based career services firm. "Patients may be more comfortable seeing a seasoned staff member behind the desk than a bushy-tailed, bright-eyed 20-something." Munekawa notes that workers age 50-plus can be relied on for punctuality and stability, which "are important in administrative support roles within the medical field," she says.

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    Financial Services Assistant or Analyst

    Financial analysts offer direction to individuals and businesses making investment decisions, often assessing how stocks, bonds and other investments perform. It's a position where healthy 12 percent growth is expected between now and 2024, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "As the workforce ages, there is greater demand for financial advisers and others to help with retirement planning and wealth management," Ackerman says. "Older workers are often a great fit for these roles where employers are looking for strong industry experience and expertise, and tend to be more flexible about scheduling and remote work."

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    Skilled Trade Worker

    For the fourth year in a row, the ManpowerGroup's 2015 Talent Shortage Survey found that employers had the most trouble filling positions for skilled trade workers. That includes chefs, bakers, butchers, mechanics and electricians. If you already have experience in one of those fields or have always entertained the idea of pursuing one of them, now could be your chance to take the plunge.

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    Vacation Rental Manager

    When your job is managing a vacation rental property, you can work in comfortable leisure locations, enjoy a flexible schedule and maybe get a discount to stay at the property yourself. "My real estate and marketing background helps me create a great guest experience and successfully price, market and manage vacation rentals," says Francesca Watson-McFeely, a 56-year-old Fort Lauderdale woman who manages properties for TurnKey Vacation Rentals.

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    Nurse

    With expected longer life spans comes an increased demand for medical care, which is where you stand to benefit — by helping to fill the major gap in nurses anticipated. Between now and 2022, 1.2 million registered nurse (RN) vacancies are expected, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects 16 percent job growth in this field up to 2024. If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may be able to pursue an accelerated program that can get you working in the field in as little as a year after beginning your nursing education. And post-50 doesn't mean you're too old: 49 percent of full-time RNs are at least 50 years old, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. Another option is becoming a licensed practical nurse, which requires less training.

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    Off-Shift Warehouse Worker

    The manufacturing and distribution sectors have many second- and third-shift positions available. That's because younger candidates often don't want to work at night, making these jobs harder to fill. "If you're willing to make a lifestyle adjustment and you're in a place where you're not going out to the club until 2 a.m., off-shifts can be a great way to get your foot in the door and transition careers," Munekawa says. "Additionally, off-shifts often carry a premium on the wage."

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