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Popular New or Second Careers for Senior Women

By Jerry Shaw   |   Thursday, 03 Sep 2015 04:04 PM

Many senior women out of the workforce think about looking into a second career. There are also women who haven’t left the workforce but want to leave the type of work they do for a new career. “Re-careering” is part of a growing trend.

A labor shortage in some job areas can help those women returning to work or looking to change careers. Employers are becoming more interested in nontraditional employee candidates, which is good news for seniors, according to Women for Hire.

Older employees should focus on fields with high demand for new workers. Jobs in the medical field, retail sales, and customer service are good possibilities and listed among the fast growing fields with many opportunities, AARP reported. Even unconventional positions such as truck driver and delivery are seeing a growth in female workers.

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Bookkeeper, home health aide, medical assistant, secretary, and tax preparer jobs are also predicted to see big growth in the coming years, Forbes noted. Many areas for senior women seeking a second career don’t require years of education and training to get into.

Here are five job fields where experience and work history won’t automatically make senior women “over-qualified” while providing good growth potential, according to AOL Jobs and Career Builder.

1. Teachers are being sought for online and traditional classrooms. Along with college courses, lifelong learning courses in a variety of subjects are increasingly popular.

2. Health care jobs often work well for independent, part-time, and contract work for second career needs. A study by the Georgetown University Center in 2012 predicted health care services will create more than 5 million new jobs by 2020.

3. The demand for clean energy and solutions has created a rise in green jobs, which promise to increase in the years ahead, opening job opportunities for many people, including senior women.

4. Financial advice for a successful retirement is vital to the needs of an aging population. Many consumers are more comfortable with an adviser of their own age, which opens up interesting opportunities for senior women looking for a second career. Job growth in this field could increase more than 30 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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5. Experienced workers often start their own businesses. People between the ages of 55 and 64 in the U.S. make up the largest percentage of entrepreneurs in the world, according to a 2012 global report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

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