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Best Overall Jobs for Baby Boomers

Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin have researched and written more than 20 books on career topics, including 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers, a compendium of dozens of lists of desirable and growing fields for baby boomers. The list below ranks careers that employ a high percentage of baby boomers on a combination of three criteria: earnings, projected growth and number of openings.

Job Annual Earnings Percent Growth Annual Openings
Management Analysts    $64,560  30.4%    78,000
Teachers, Postsecondary    $54,406  38.1%  216,000
Logisticians    $59,460  27.5%  162,000
General and Operations Managers    $79,300  18.4%  260,000
Registered Nurses    $53,640  27.3%  215,000
Anesthesiologists  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Internists, General  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Obstetricians and Gynecologists  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Psychiatrists  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Surgeons  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Family and General Practitioners  $136,170  19.5%    38,000
Pediatricians, General  $135,450  19.5%    38,000
Medical and Health Services Managers    $68,320  29.3%    33,000
Financial Managers, Branch or Department    $83,780  18.3%    71,000
Treasurers, Controllers and Chief Financial Officers    $83,780  18.3%    71,000
Chief Executives  $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Government Service Executives  $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Private Sector Executives  $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Pharmacists    $87,160  30.1%    23,000
Lawyers    $97,420  17.0%    53,000
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School    $74,610  20.7%    31,000
Administration Services Managers    $62,300  19.8%    40,000
Sales Representatives, Agricultural    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Chemical and Pharmaceutical    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Electrical/Electronic    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Instruments    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Mechanical Equipment and Supplies    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Medical    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Personal Financial Advisors    $62,450  34.6%    18,000
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School    $46,300  30.0%    59,000
Special Education Teachers, Middle School    $45,000  30.0%    59,000
Training and Development Managers    $70,430  19.4%    21,000
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School    $44,330  30.0%    59,000
Compensation and Benefits Managers    $67,040  19.4%    21,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products    $46,090  19.1%  160,000
Construction Managers    $70,770  12.0%    47,000
Public Relations Managers    $73,960  23.4%    10,000
Clinical Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Counseling Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
School Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education    $46,120  18.2%  118,000
Training and Development Specialists    $45,370  27.9%    35,000
Storage and Distribution Managers    $67,300  19.7%    13,000
Transportation Managers    $67,300  19.7%    13,000
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors—Construction Trades Workers    $50,980  14.1%    67,000
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors—Extractive Workers    $50,980  14.1%    67,000
Instructional Coordinators    $50,060  25.4%    18,000
Social and Community Service Managers    $48,330  27.7%    19,000
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers    $51,000  15.4%    42,000
Cost Estimators    $50,920  18.6%    25,000
Fastest Growing Jobs for Baby Boomers

Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin have researched and written more than 20 books on career topics, including 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers, a compendium of dozens of lists of desirable and growing fields for baby boomers. The list below ranks careers that employ a high percentage of baby boomers on projected job growth.

Job Percent Growth
Social and Human Service Assistants  48.7%
Personal and Home Care Aides  40.5%
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers  40.1%
Teachers, Postsecondary  38.1%
Personal Financial Advisors  34.6%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers  34.5%
Rehabilitation Counselors  33.8%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Programs  32.0%
Security Guards  31.9%
Management Analysts  30.4%
Pharmacists  30.1%
Special Education Teachers, Middle School  30.0%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School  30.0%
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School  30.0%
Medical and Health Services Managers  29.3%
Audiologists  29.0%
Medical and Public Health Social Workers  28.6%
Emergency Management Specialists  28.2%
Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists  28.0%
Training and Development Specialists  27.9%
Social and Community Service Managers  27.7%
Logisticians  27.5%
Employment Interviewers, Private or Public Employment Service  27.3%
Personnel Recruiters  27.3%
Registered Nurses  27.3%
Speech-Language Pathologists  27.2%
Technical Writers  27.1%
Mental Health Counselors  26.7%
Instructional Coordinators  25.4%
Private Detectives and Investigators  25.3%
Veterinarians  25.1%
Clinical Psychologists  24.4%
Counseling Psychologists  24.4%
School Psychologists  24.4%
Directors, Religious Activities and Education  24.1%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health  23.7%
Public Relations Managers  23.4%
Chiropractors  23.3%
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  23.3%
Child, Family and School Social Workers  23.2%
Tax Preparers  23.2%
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services  23.2%
Teacher Assistants  23.0%
Marriage and Family Therapists  22.4%
Landscape Architects  22.2%
Health Educators  21.9%
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs  21.7%
Library Assistants, Clerical  21.5%
Hydrologists  21.0%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers  21.0%

 

Best Part-Time Jobs for Baby Boomers

Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin have researched and written more than 20 books on career topics, including 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers, a compendium of dozens of lists of desirable and growing fields for baby boomers. The list below ranks part-time careers that employ a high percentage of baby boomers on a combination of four criteria: percentage of part-time workers, earnings, projected growth and number of openings.

Job Percent Part-Time Workers Annual Earnings Percent Growth Annual Openings
Teachers, Postsecondary  27.7%    $54,406  38.1%  216,000
Registered Nurses  22.0%    $53,640  27.3%  215,000
Pharmacists  17.3%    $87,160  30.1%    23,000
Clinical Psychologists  27.2%    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Counseling Psychologists  27.2%    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
School Psychologists  27.2%    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Instructional Coordinators  16.5%    $50,060  25.4%    18,000
Security Guards  15.1%    $20,520  31.9%  228,000
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers  41.0%    $31,530  40.1%    39,000
Speech-Language Pathologists  28.1%    $53,790  27.2%    10,000
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services  17.3%    $24,420  23.2%  219,000
Personal and Home Care Aides  34.0%    $17,020  40.5%  154,000
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses  19.1%    $34,650  20.2%  105,000
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists  16.0%    $46,710  19.3%    21,000
Teacher Assistants  41.1%    $19,760  23.0%  259,000
Legal Secretaries  17.5%    $37,390  18.8%    39,000
Chiropractors  22.2%    $67,940  23.3%      3,000
Audiologists  22.7%    $53,040  29.0%      1,000
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners  21.7%    $19,110  18.3%  454,000
Caption Writers  24.2%    $45,460  16.1%    23,000
Copy Writers  24.2%    $45,460  16.1%    23,000
Creative Writers  24.2%    $45,460  16.1%    23,000
Poets and Lyricists  24.2%    $45,460  16.1%    23,000
Medical Secretaries  17.5%    $27,030  17.2%    50,000
Optometrists  25.1%    $88,290  17.1%      2,000

 

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