10 Jobs for Older Employees

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated July 1, 2022 | Published June 12, 2020

Updated July 1, 2022

Published June 12, 2020

Whether you’re an older employee seeking a better work/life balance or you simply want to find a role that offers flexible hours, there are many career options for employees aged 50 to 65 and older. By doing some research and reviewing your qualifications, you can decide which job is right for you. In this article, we offer a list of jobs that may appeal to older employees.

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Jobs for older employees

The following jobs vary in duties, salary and educational requirements but offer the kind of flexibility that may appeal to older employees. For the most up-to-date salary information from Indeed, please click on each salary link below:

1. Tour guide

National average salary:$32,760 per year

Primary duties: Tour guides can work in a variety of settings. They can work in museums, historical sites or cities. They can also work with a tour bus company, traveling with tour groups and showing them around popular tourist attractions in their area. To become a tour guide, you need a high school diploma, a friendly personality and a love for public speaking. You also need to be knowledgeable about the history or the attractions in the area so you can easily recall information for your tour group.

2. Freelance writer

National average salary:$45,406 per year

Primary duties: A freelance writer is an individual who writes articles, blog posts, product descriptions and other forms of written content for clients. They make connections with newspapers, magazines and website owners to get writing jobs. You do not need a particular educational background to become a freelance writer. However, it could enhance your credibility to earn certifications in areas like content marketing and search engine optimization (SEO).

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3. Teacher

National average salary: $50,880 per year

Primary duties: Professors can teach in any area of which they have extensive knowledge or experience. To become a professor, you should have a master's or doctoral degree in the field you want to teach. You should also have excellent public speaking skills and a desire to help students learn and succeed.

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4. Auditor

National average salary:$67,981 per year

Primary duties: Auditors work for accounting firms or state offices, reviewing the financial records of different companies. Their goal is to determine whether the company complies with tax requirements and other legal matters, but they can also review company finances to help companies identify potential risks to their financial security. To become an auditor, you should have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or Economics.

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5. Retail sales associate

National average salary:$76,297 per year

Primary duties: Sales managers oversee a team of salespeople within a company. They are responsible for creating sales strategies for their team to implement in their client interactions. They also hire and train sales staff and meet with supervisors to relay their team's progress.

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6. Business analyst

National average salary:$79,268 per year

Primary duties: A business analyst is a professional who helps companies determine areas of improvement in order to succeed. They also help companies identify potential risks to their business and how to improve through better communication or budgeting. They do this by reviewing company documents, financial statements and company practices. To become a business analyst, you should have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Finance.

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7. Real estate agent

National average salary:$81,544 per year

Primary duties: Real estate agents help individuals buy, sell or rent properties. Agents might also be responsible for posting listings to realtor websites, negotiating prices between their client and the buyer or seller and hosting open house events. This job requires an understanding of the housing market and in-depth knowledge about real estate in their area. To become a real estate agent, you need to have a minimum of a high school diploma, followed by a certification issued by the state in which you plan to work.

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8. Research assistant

National average salary:$47,760 per year

Primary duties: A research assistant helps create research proposals and conduct experiments in laboratories. To become a research assistant usually requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study.

9. Consultant

National average salary: Varies

Primary duties: A consultant is someone with valuable professional experience who provides guidance and expertise to other professionals in their industry. Consultants can specialize in any industry in which they have previous work experience. Examples of consultants include business consultants, IT consultants, financial consultants, marketing consultants and more. As a consultant, you can either start your own consultant service or join a firm. If you want to pursue consulting, you should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.

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10. Photographer 

National average salary: $49,731 per year 

Primary duties: A photographer is someone who takes either posed or candid photos. The work environment can take place in a studio, office or outdoors. Photographers may specialize in a certain area, such as headshots for performing artists, or may take candid photos for news and media outlets. This creative job is often fulfilling work with flexible hours.

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