Revealed: The best jobs for baby boomers reentering the workforce

In 2016, the human lifespan has almost doubled. As our retirement age continues to rise, working is a necessity for

In 2016, the human lifespan has almost doubled. As our retirement age continues to rise, working is a necessity for many over-60s.

When some of us can’t continue in our traditional careers due to changing circumstances or health reasons, it’s helpful to know which careers are still attracting baby boomers.

For example, a nurse aged over 60 may not be able to continue working in hospitals due to the heavy lifting or long hours involved. However, she could be perfect as a community service manager!

Here are the best jobs for over-60s as compiled by HR experts, Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin. You can read more about their research in the book 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers.

Careers which employ high percentages of baby boomers:

Baby boomers comprise nearly half the amount of people working in Social and Human Services. In fact, over 48% of the assistants in this industry are aged over sixty.

Forty per cent of workers in Personal and Home Care are baby boomers, with this job attracting many former nurses and clinicians.

By the same token, 40% of people working in Self-Enrichment and Education are baby boomers. This industry is perfect for former teachers, classroom aides and childcare employees.

The rich life experiences that baby boomers have gained over decades also makes them perfect for Rehabilitation and Counselling. This field attracts former community and social workers.

Careers which can offer baby boomers good earnings and career progression:

Baby boomers make excellent leaders, and they can earn decent salaries working as Management Analysts, General or Operations Managers, Government or Private Sector Executives and Administration Managers.

Over-60s also have lots of skills to pass onto others, which makes them very valuable as Training and Development Specialists, Instructional Coordinators and even Education Administrators.

Lastly, you will find baby boomers working as Sales Representatives. Over-60s have particularly strong sales skills, because they can easily build rapport with people, and have many existing contacts.

Are you involved in any of these industries? Are you looking to reenter the workforce? Have you found it difficult to get work, being over 60? Share your experiences below:



  1. I certainly tried. I applied for heaps of jobs. I even went to uni and obtained a degree. I am now taking a course to teach migrants and refugees English but this is volunteer work. After so many age inferred knock backs, I am so glad I can get a pension or I would have starved.

    • so many nasty people come in here and blame people on unemployment and the disabled for these pension woes. It gets my back up, what they fail to take into account is the older unemployed and disabled have worked all of their adult lives until injury or loss of job forced them on a benefit. I am neither but I think it is unfair and unjust, you are proof it is not easy for an older Aussie to get work

    • It’s hard out there Fran, I’ve had experience in office management, book keeping, payroll, workcover, credit control, you name it I’ve done it, with all of the computer packages out there it can become very daunting :/

    • I know Victoria, but I am quite qualified too and still couldn’t get a job. I know Tasmania has less opportunities but it was disheartening when you got the ageism comments constantly.

    • Fran, you will enjoy and get heaps of satisfaction from TESL teaching. I did it for many years and loved it.

    • I am looking forward to it Dee. Having already started this before my op I met some great people.

    • HS  

      Charitable organisations are always looking for carers. Wesley Mission for example. Check it out. I believe that they do pay for your time and car travel. It’s not necessarily all volunteer work for no pay. Check out Centrelink for the benefit of being a carer and how it may impact your pension situation.

  2. Interesting article, but you can have as many qualifications as possible and your age may still go against you. I currently work in administration but as a backup I have qualifications to work in aged or home care.

  3. AGE….That is what “kills” us all….we were good and appreciated…..until…we retired……once going into our “next chapter of life……..No one wants to know… are done and gone….Australia Post…is a prime example.

  4. Age 59 – Education Masters Degree- Applied for over 200 jobs, too old, too educated. Not enough experience- heard it all

  5. Sure…….who’s kidding whom? I have undergrad and post grad quals, have owned my own college. Would I be able to get a job? Not on your life.

  6. Bottom line, in most cases they would rather employ a younger person who has similar skills to us older people. Its that simple 😕😕

  7. Terri Bake  

    I am 65 years still working full time for the Ministry of HEALTH and have been working for 47 years in nursing. I wish to work part time a i am staring to tire more easily,howeve our union has approached management and they are not allowing staff to have a far am i am concerned the MInistry of Heath is going against current govrnment policy of encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce. BY GOING PART TIME I FEEL I COULD LAS T in the workforce for a further 2 or 3 years. If th governments policy is to eventually to get workers to work until 70,they must change current managers attitudes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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