O

ver 50? It's time to start thinking about your next career move.

While there are still great options for older workers who want to stay in the workforce, there's no denying that some fields are better suited for older workers than others.

Here are 10 promising job fields for workers over 50:

1. Accounting

Accountants are in demand in every industry and make a good living, according to the BLS. Their job security is also high, as businesses need accountants to keep track of their finances and budgets. It's not just large corporations that need accountants either; even small businesses can benefit from having someone on staff who can help them with accounting tasks such as bookkeeping and payroll management.

2. Computer and Information Technology

Computer and information technology fields are a great way to stay active and involved.

These fields are growing in demand, so if you have even a few years of experience in the sector, there will be plenty of opportunities for you. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of computer-related jobs will increase by 8 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than average.

The BLS lists 10 major categories under "computer and IT." These include software developers, who design programs; network architects; systems analysts; database administrators; computer support specialists; computer programmers (including web developers); computer systems analysts; applications software engineers/developers/programmers; network systems & data communications analysts; telecommunications line installers & repairers (who may be involved with computers).

3. Graphic Design

Graphic design is in demand, and the work can be incredibly rewarding. A great graphic designer has to know how to use a variety of tools, from Adobe Illustrator to InDesign to Photoshop. You'll also need knowledge of typography, color theory and other elements that will help you create eye-catching designs for everything from a poster to an online banner ad.

Graphic designers are needed by everyone from small companies to big businesses—and even governments! If you're interested in working with images on any level (and who isn't?), then this might be the job field for you.

4. Insurance Sales Agents

Insurance sales agents are the people who sell insurance policies. They're the most common job for workers over 50, and they can earn up to $100,000 a year. Insurance sales agents can work from home or in an office. The main requirement is that you need to be licensed to sell insurance.

5. Management Analysts

Management analysts are another great career option for older workers. They have the ability to use their analytical skills, as well as their experience, to make sure things run smoothly. Management analysts may also work with a lot of different people and solve problems.

Management analysts tend to have strong math backgrounds, which is helpful when working with numbers and data. You'll need strong communication skills too; management analysts spend most of their time communicating with others about their findings and recommendations.

6. Marketing Managers

Marketing managers plan and implement marketing strategies for a company. They're responsible for the development of a marketing plan, as well as overseeing the implementation of marketing activities.

Since there's so much overlap, we thought it would be helpful to group this position in with our other management jobs for older people.

7. Medical and Health Services Managers

Medical and health services managers are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of healthcare facilities. These managers make sure that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have everything they need in order to provide quality care to patients. They also develop policies and procedures for their facility, oversee financial aspects of the facility, while overseeing daily operations such as scheduling appointments or ordering medical supplies.

8. Postsecondary Teachers

To teach at the college level, you must have a bachelor's degree or higher and a teaching certificate (most commonly an undergraduate degree in education). You also need to be certified, which means you need to take and pass an exam. Some states require teachers to obtain a license, while others do not.

While these requirements can vary from state to state, experience is vital when it comes to landing this position: Those who are new to teaching often end up working as substitute teachers until they can find permanent employment.

9. Real Estate Agent or Broker

A real estate agent or broker is a person who sells and rents homes. They may also help buyers find financing for their new home purchase, which means they’ll be working with lenders to secure mortgages.

Real estate agents are licensed to work as independent contractors and are not employees of the company where they work. Agents earn commissions based on the number of sales they make each month, ranging from 2%–5%.

To become a real estate agent or broker in most states you must be 21 years old and have completed high school or its equivalent (GED). There are no formal education requirements beyond this basic requirement; however, some states do require that agents pass an exam before becoming licensed in order to practice in their jurisdiction.

10. Tax Examiner, Collector, or Revenue Agent

When you think of a “tax examiner,” you might imagine someone who works at a desk in an office. But tax examiners actually spend most of their time out in the field: examining tax returns and other documents to determine the amount of tax due, collecting taxes from individuals or businesses, and enforcing tax laws and collecting delinquent taxes.

These are people who enjoy problem-solving—and they often work on their feet! Those with good customer service skills will do well here because they deal with taxpayers on a daily basis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job openings for these positions are projected to increase by 4% through 2026; this is much faster than average growth for all occupations during that time period.

The good news is that there are a lot of jobs out there for people over 50, even if they’re just entering the role.

There are also plenty of ways to prepare yourself for success in these fields—and we hope this article has given you some inspiration!

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Jul 8, 2022
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