Javascript is not enabled.

Javascript must be enabled to use this site. Please enable Javascript in your browser and try again.

Skip to content
Content starts here


Leaving Website

You are now leaving and going to a website that is not operated by AARP. A different privacy policy and terms of service will apply.

20 Jobs That Will Be in Demand in 2023

Chef, nurse and teacher are some of the careers where hiring will rise

spinner image A chef cooks steak with fresh vegetable in a pan at a restaurant kitchen
SimpleImages/Getty Images

While there are worries of a recession occurring in 2023, one thing is certain entering the new year: Unemployment rates remain quite low. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall unemployment rate near the end of 2022 was 3.7 percent. For people age 55 and older, the rate was even lower, clocking in at just 2.5 percent.

What those numbers mean is that many employers are hungry to hire, especially for the roles included on the list below. AARP examined the BLS projections on the prospects for various careers between now and 2031 to identify which jobs offer good opportunities for older workers. The analysis found a range of professions suitable to different backgrounds and levels of experience. Overall, medical professions are projected to show the most growth, but other jobs, such as financial manager, chef, referee and teacher, also are expected to do more hiring.

spinner image Image Alt Attribute

AARP Membership— $12 for your first year when you sign up for Automatic Renewal

Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine.

Join Now

The following 20 jobs are expected to be in demand in 2023. They are ranked in order of the biggest 10-year percentage increase in the projected number of jobs added between 2021 and 2031. Clicking on the “Find jobs” link will take you to the list of current job postings in that profession on the AARP Job Board.

1. Nurse Practitioner

Increase in jobs: 45.7 percent

Average hourly wage: $56.75

Find nurse practitioner job openings

Nurse practitioners can perform many of the tasks that doctors do, such as creating treatment plans for patients, managing medical histories and supervising registered nurses. The big difference is that nurse practitioners cannot prescribe medications in most states. However, because nurse practitioners are so versatile, demand for them continues to grow rapidly. To become a nurse practitioner, you will need a graduate degree in nursing along with the appropriate licenses for the states in which you work. 

2. Data Scientist

Increase in jobs: 35.8 percent

Average hourly wage: $52.24

Find data scientist job openings

From car rental companies such as Avis to telecommunications businesses such as Verizon, data scientists analyze the numbers and other information to figure out the best ways for their businesses to be more successful. The job duties include identifying what types of business and customer data are worth gathering, then verifying that the information is accurate. It’s a big job that typically requires at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as statistics or mathematics.

3. Information security analyst

Increase in jobs: 34.7 percent

Average hourly wage: $54.46

Find information security analyst job openings

Hackers are always looking for new ways to get their hands on the valuable information that businesses have — the personal information of their clients. Information security analysts are the watchdogs who work to prevent these security breaches from happening.

4. Umpire, referee or other sports official

Increase in jobs: 31.7 percent

Average hourly wage: $24.86

Find umpire and referee job openings

Sports continue to be one of the nation’s favorite pastimes, and that athletic enthusiasm is creating job opportunities. School districts, recreational leagues, and major and minor professional leagues need officials who can keep the games fair and free-flowing. Some on-the-job training is required, along with and perhaps more than a little patience for argumentative fans and players.

5. Web developer

Increase in jobs: 30.3 percent

Average hourly wage: $38.09

Find web developer job openings

Most people rely on the internet to stay informed and connected with our communities for essential needs. Web developers make sure those sites function properly while also updating them to include new functions that make them easier to use. Many of these positions can be done remotely.

6. Choreographer or dancer

Increase in jobs: 29.7 percent and 24.5 percent

Average hourly wage: $19.47 for both

Maybe it’s the popularity of viral dance videos on TikTok, but demand for dancers and choreographers has surged in recent years. In addition to helping clients make posts for social media and performing on stage and in film, dancers and choreographers work on smaller events such as weddings and other family gatherings. No degree is necessary to work in this field, but you will need some training and rhythm.

7. Physician assistant

Increase in jobs: 27.6 percent

Average hourly wage: $57.43

Find physician assistant job openings

Physician assistant, or P.A., is another health care role that has more responsibilities than a nurse but less than a doctor. Working alongside a physician, the workers can handle duties such as diagnosing patients, ordering medical tests and setting broken bones. These jobs require a master’s degree along with the appropriate licenses.

8. Home health aide

Increase in jobs: 25.4 percent

Average hourly wage: $14.07

Find home health aide job openings

If you have personal experience serving as a family caregiver, a home health aide job might be a good career opportunity for you. Because people generally are living longer, there has been skyrocketing demand for workers who can assist adults with their daily living activities. People skills and compassion are some of the key qualifications for these jobs, which typically only require a high school diploma along with brief on-the-job training. These positions can be physically demanding, so make sure you are healthy enough for the work.

Work & Jobs

AARP Job Board

Search job opportunities for experienced workers

See more Work & Jobs offers >

9. Travel agent

Increase in jobs: 19.7 percent

Average hourly wage: $22.39

While this profession seemed poised to become a casualty of the rise of websites that help people book travel on their own, jobs in this industry actually are expected to rise over the next decade, according to the BLS. With many people eager to start globe-trotting again after years of being relatively homebound, businesses such as hotels are hiring additional help to manage reservations.

10. Animal care specialist

Increase in jobs: 19.4 percent

Average hourly wage: $14.19

Find animal care specialist job openings

While there is some debate over whether the “pandemic pup” was an actual boom or a myth, the demand for animal caretakers certainly has seen a spike. The jobs include roles ranging from dog walking and pet day care to working with shelters and even veterinarians, in some cases.

11. Market research analyst

Increase in jobs: 19 percent

Average hourly wage: $36.58

Find market research analyst job openings

Employers in industries as wide-ranging as public transportation (New Jersey Transit), health care (United Health Group) and pet supplies (Petco) are looking for workers who can help them locate the best opportunities for success. The role requires a knack for making sense of what data and other types of information really mean. An eye for emerging business opportunities also is valuable in this profession.

12. Financial managers

Increase in jobs: 16.8 percent

Average hourly wage: $73.78

Find financial manager job openings

Financial managers are responsible for handling the accounts of companies and other businesses, a role which might become particularly important if the economy enters a downturn in the year ahead. You typically will need several years’ experience to qualify for one of these jobs.

13. Chef

Increase in jobs: 15.4 percent

Average hourly wage: $27.37

Find chef job openings

Many people spent their downtime during the pandemic mastering their baking and cooking skills. If you’re one of them, you might consider becoming a chef, a job where hiring demand is picking up as new restaurants are opening. Most successful chefs typically get some training from a culinary school, which can be as short as a few months or as long as four years depending on the degree you’re pursuing. Also, keep in mind that chefs are on their feet for eight hours or more a day as they prepare meals.

14. Light truck driver

Increase in jobs: 10 percent

Average hourly wage: $20.50

Find truck driver job openings

The boom in online shopping has produced a subsequent rise in the demand for delivery truck drivers. These roles often offer the flexible hours that some older workers find appealing. While lifting packages can be part of the job, many drivers in this profession are not required to load or unload the trucks.

15. Construction manager

Increase in jobs: 7.6 percent

Average hourly wage: $52.02

Find construction manager job openings

Many developers have eagerly resumed the construction projects put on hold at the start of the pandemic to deter the spread of the coronavirus. Working as a construction manager is one way older workers can take advantage of the opportunities in this field.

16. Human resources specialist

Increase in jobs: 7.5 percent

Average hourly wage: $34.00

Find human resources job openings

Because the national unemployment rate is low, many businesses are turning to human resources specialists to help them recruit and retain employees during this period of tough competition in hiring. On the flip side, if businesses decide they need to lay off employees during an economic downturn, as some economists are worried might occur in 2023, human resources specialists will be just as important in assisting with those decisions.

17. Project management specialist

Increase in jobs: 7.2 percent

Average hourly wage: $47.32

Find project management job openings

If you have experience helping others turn their great ideas into finished products, this could be the right role for you. Many businesses are hiring project management specialists as full-time employees, but there also are opportunities for contract work in this field if you prefer flexibility or part-time work.

18. Service sales representative

Increase in jobs: 6.7 percent

Average hourly wage: $34.19

Find sales representative job openings

Communication skills are the primary asset in this position. Whether it’s booking more jobs for a caterer or finding new clients for a website designer, service sales representatives connect businesses in ways that can be profitable for both parties. Most of these jobs do not require a college degree, asking instead for previous experience in sales.

19. Registered nurse

Increase in jobs: 6.2 percent

Average hourly wage: $39.78

Find registered nurse job openings

This profession has long benefited from the rising demand for health care. But there have been some changes in how these nurses do their jobs. With so many doctors switching to telehealth appointments during the pandemic, many registered nurses are also now able to do their work from home. These nurses must, however, have the proper licenses to work in the state where they are based and the states where their patients are located.

20. Teacher

Increase in jobs: 4 percent

Average hourly wage: $33.43

Find teacher job openings

Teaching has long been a popular occupation for older adults, whether they’ve been doing it for years or they switched to it as a second career. While most public schools do require teachers to have a degree in education, many private schools and some charter schools are willing to hire teachers who come from other professions.

Discover AARP Members Only Access

Join AARP to Continue

Already a Member?