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14 Secure Jobs with a High Percentage of Workers age 55-plus

14 Secure Jobs with a High Percentage of Workers age 55-plus

Different types of jobs attract different types of people. For instance, introverts might prefer behind-the-scenes positions, while extroverts might be more attracted to client service or communications-related jobs. Demographics can also affect career choices — age, sex, location and other factors may play a role in influencing the types of jobs people pursue.

In his book “150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future,” author Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., shares some of the most secure jobs by demographic — jobs that tend to attract a high volume of certain types of workers. In one such list, Shatkin reveals the best secure jobs with a high percentage of workers age 55 and over.

To create this list, Shatkin first identified the 150 most secure jobs based on various data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Next, he sorted those jobs in order of the list’s primary criterion: workers age 55-plus. He then sorted the list further using earnings, growth rate and number of openings.

Shatkin is not implying that workers in this age range should consider these jobs based solely on their inclusion on this list. The list is just meant to provide a different perspective on the types of jobs that are popular among workers in this demographic. Mature workers might be drawn to these positions for different, personal reasons. Certain roles, such as chief executives, often require a significant amount of experience. If this list makes you consider a potential job that you might have otherwise overlooked, you’ll find yourself in good company.

Here are 14 secure jobs with a high percentage of workers age 55-plus:

1. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists
Percent age 55 and over: 41.9
Median annual salary: $67,880*

2. Psychologists, all other
Percent age 55 and over: 41.9
Median annual salary: $90,010

3. Chief executives
Percent age 55 and over: 35.5
Median annual salary: $166,910

4. Physicists
Percent age 55 and over: 33.8
Median annual salary: $106,360

5. Urban and regional planners
Percent age 55 and over: 33.8
Median annual salary: $64,100

6. Management analysts
Percent age 55 and over: 32.3
Median annual salary: $78,490

7. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school
Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
Median annual salary: $87,470

8. Education administrators, postsecondary
Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
Median annual salary: $84,280

9. Education administrators, all other
Percent age 55 and over: 32.2
Median annual salary: $76,730

10. Administrative services managers
Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
Median annual salary: $79,540

11. Instructional coordinators
Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
Median annual salary: $59,280

12. Writers and authors
Percent age 55 and over: 31.9
Median annual salary: $55,870

13. Transportation inspectors
Percent age 55 and over: 31.3
Median annual salary: $62,230

14. Social and community service managers
Percent age 55 and over: 30.8
Median annual salary: $58,660

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5 comments

  1. Zach S. @FretZeroMusic

    Maybe I’ll be more of a counselor!

    Blessings,

    Zach
    @XakSullivan on Twitter

  2. We’ve been told for years if you are over 40 finding a job is almost impossible. This article suggests otherwise. Good to know.

  3. Great article. For those willing to go the extra mile in terms of training, education and perseverance, there are some great jobs out there for those 55 and older. And for employers, more experienced workers offer maturity, discipline, a good work ethic and, as Gary wrote, good communications skills. Don’t sell yourself short and never stop learning.

  4. They left off working at McDonalds or Walmart.

    Actually, it is a very interesting study and thank you for sharing. I do agree that one should consider more than just what these type of studies show as one should not go for a job just because they might get hired, unless of course, they really need the money.

    Except for maybe the transportation inspectors’ positions, all of these require good communication skills, which many younger people may lack. My mentor is offering such a course later this month.

  5. Interesting list. But don’t you think the people in most of those jobs who are 55 and over have been in them a long time? Maybe not authors, but physicists for sure. But I agree that this list makes me think a little differently about what options might be open to someone in this age range.

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