Not ready to give up work even though you’ve hit the benchmark age? You’re not the only one. More baby boomers are choosing to continue to work instead of retire. A second career or "encore" career can help you stay physically active and find personal fulfillment.
Health and Wellness
1. Yoga Teacher
Like to be physically active? A career as a yoga teacher reaps many benefits including regular stretching and strength training. Don’t forget about the mind connection of meditating.
To become a yoga teacher, you’ll have to do 200 hours of training. You can do these trainings anywhere - with devoted yogis often traveling to exotic locations like Bali for courses that double as retreats. Namaste!
If you’ve always been a people person, being a therapist is a great way to practice and use your empathy skills to help others. Choose between family therapy, child therapy, or general counseling.
Being a licensed therapist requires getting a master’s degree. You’ll also need to perform supervised clinical hours as part of your state’s licensing requirements.
3. Massage Therapist
If you want to be physically active while helping others, massage therapy fits the role. To become a massage therapist, you’ll have to be trained and certified. You’ll be able to work in spas, hotels, wellness centers, or your own private business.
Love eating healthy? Nutritionists are in demand and can work anywhere from hospitals, clinics, or gyms. You’ll create plans and guide people toward a healthier lifestyle.
5. Career Coach
Help others find their true calling. As a career coach, you’ll guide clients through finding new jobs, strengthening interview skills, and looking over resumes.
6. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
If you want a high impact, fast-paced job in medicine, an EMT may fit the role. EMT’s respond to calls and care for the injured. You’ll need to get training and certification.
7. Home Aide
Help individuals who have disability or impairments in living as a home aide. You’ll be caring for them in the comforts of their home. This includes housekeeping like cooking and laundry or running errands.
8. Dental Hygienist
Help people keep their teeth clean as a dental hygienist. You’ll be working with patients to educate them and check for oral diseases.
Head back to the classroom! Work with kids at the local elementary school as a teacher. If you’ve got a speciality like teaching history, head to a high school or community college. Community college teachers require master’s degrees, while high school and below require four year degrees.
10. Private Tutor
Want to teach on a one-on-one basis? Set your own hours and workload as a private tutor. There’s a whole range of private tutoring needed from teaching the SAT to languages. Find tutoring jobs on online search engines or through the local school.
Miss playing with children at the playground? Become a nanny and become responsible for small children on a part-time basis. You’ll get to play an important role in their life and have fun while you are at it.
Writing is a timeless career if you’ve always had a knack for pen and ink. Become a freelance writer or blogger. Work on that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Being a writer is a versatile career with lots of independence.
Spend lots of time in the studio? Being a craftsperson is a creative and fulfilling job, whether it’s woodwork or knitting. Sell your products at local fairs or on online stores for independent makers.
Explore your musical talents as a musician or singer! Find venues to perform at, whether it’s bars or weddings. You can even create and produce your own music for distribution online.
15. Graphic Designer
Have an artistic eye? Graphic design is a field where you’ll be able to combine your creativity with fulfilling complex problems. Teach yourself or take a class to learn computer programs for design. After that it’s smooth sailing. Most jobs only require a portfolio and not a degree.
16. Web Developer
Want to learn how to code? Teach yourself how to develop websites and become a web developer! There are plenty of online resources that teach you the fundamentals of code. Once you have the skills, you’ll be able to land freelance jobs or work for a company.
17. Interior Designer
Express your creativity and work with clients. Interior designers make spaces beautiful by decorating or renovating.
18. Retail Salesperson
Working in retail provides many opportunities. Whether it’s a job at the mall or a local boutique, you can find a diverse range of roles. Many retail stores hire seasonal workers, so make sure to check job listings during busy periods like the holidays. You’ll also typically get shopping discounts!
19. Personal Shopper
If you’ve got a great fashion sense, becoming a personal shopper could be your calling. Work at a department store or boutique and help other people make fashion choices. Personal shoppers can also give freelance advice after building up a client list.
Are you the next Gordon Ramsey? If you’re dedicated to making good food, becoming a chef is an ideal career. Enroll in culinary school or become an apprentice at a restaurant kitchen.
Work while driving in the comfort of your own car. With car-sharing apps all the trend right now, easily find customers to give rides to. You’ll be able to set your own schedule and workload while making extra change on the side.
22. Non-Profit Worker
Feel it’s your time to give back to the community? Non-profit jobs ranging from local to the international level need people at every level - from administrators to lawyers. Looking for less commitment? Take baby steps by volunteering at your local non-profit.
23. Management Consulting
Like intellectual challenges? If you have skills or knowledge from a previous career, pivot to consulting. You’ll help businesses solve issues and improve performance.
It’s every bookworm’s dream! Find yourself surrounded by books and people who share your love of reading. Librarians require degrees ranging from college degrees to master’s degrees. Can’t wait that long? Get started by volunteering in your local library.
Loved debate class in high school? Channel your inner politician by joining local council. Make a difference in the community and finally see changes.
26. Business Owner
If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit, being a business owner is a great career. You could own a franchise or set up your own independent idea. If the investment of a brick-and-mortar store is too high, think about setting up an online business which often requires little to no investment.
Always dreamed of being the one to interview someone for the job? Recruiters work in-house for companies or staffing agencies and get paid based on commission. It’s a great role for someone who likes speaking with people and is self-motivated.
28. Real Estate Agent
Do you love visiting beautiful homes? A real estate agent is the perfect role for someone who works well with people and thrives off the excitement of sales. Real estate agents don’t require a college degree, but you’ll need to study for and pass an examination for the license.
29. Virtual Assistant
Work in your pajamas! Virtual assistants provide businesses with various needs such as data entry, scheduling appointments, or answering phone calls. All from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s through freelance or through a contract, you can find these opportunities online or on freelance websites.
30. Spiritual/Religious Worker
Already attend a religious institution? Ask if there are any roles to become more involved. Inspire others and work with the community by leading youth groups. There are also many other roles available, such as leading administration or community service.