Have you ever considered how difficult it is to find enjoyable part-time jobs for retirees? After all, they are seasoned professionals with a strong work ethic. Sadly, this is not always enough.
2. Office Manager
3. Administrative Assistant
4. Home Health Aide
5. Sales Associate
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Bookkeepers are responsible for creating and maintaining financial records, which include making payments to suppliers and issuing bills to customers. They are not in charge of anything less. Simply note that less responsibility means less pay: bookkeepers earn $2.84 less per hour than the full-charge cohort but $3.04 more than the median hourly wage for all part-time jobs.
Experienced employees should know exactly what it takes to keep a workplace running well. While specific responsibilities vary considerably per company, you can anticipate planning, directing, and coordinating all administrative services necessary for the organization to operate smoothly. Opportunities exist in this profession across a broad range of industries, but you will almost certainly face fierce competition. If you've already worked in a similar profession full time, your best option may be to speak with your manager about reducing your hours and going part-time to ease into retirement.
These employees handle all of the details necessary to keep an office running smoothly. This may include assisting senior executives with administrative tasks. Unfortunately, the BLS projects that demand for executive secretaries and administrative assistants will decline by 20% by 2028.
While home health aides share the same high-meaning ranking as nannies, their service does not have the same financial worth. Furthermore, the physical responsibilities of caregiving can be strenuous. On the plus side, the BLS projects that the number of positions will expand by 37% by 2028, compared to just 5% for all jobs in the United States.
Salespeople are required in industries other than retail. Apart from department stores, where they may also serve as cashiers, sales associates can find work in various sectors, including telemarketing and automobile sales. And, while the hourly pay is low (and the physical demands are high), you may be able to earn more with little additional effort if you earn commissions.
Whether you are asked to work, wish to supplement your income, or simply hope to maintain an active lifestyle after retirement, part-time work may be the answer. However, not all part-time jobs are similar. Certain types are more suited to elderly employees than others. Let's face it: regardless of your fitness level, you'd probably prefer to assign physically demanding tasks to younger workers who are less concerned about developing a chronic injury.
If you wish to learn more about what you can do after retirement, check out Senior Strong’s retirement planning section today!
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.