What must you do to get a job?
Consider this: How many other workers can do what you do?
Where are the jobs?
What jobs are appropriate for older Americans?
Many of these jobs require skills you must acquire.
Sure there are all kinds of opportunities for pharmacists, nurses, chemists and researchers, but at this stage of your life these may not be legitimate alternatives.
Below is a list of jobs that are appropriate for older workers:
The area where the greatest need and thus the greatest opportunity is HEALTH CARE
- Medical record keepers
- Social service workers
- Care givers
- Dental assistants
- Medical assistants and laboratory technicians
- Ophthalmic laboratory technicians
- Ophthalmic medical assistants
- Occupational therapy assistants
- Physician assistants
- Pediatric assistants
- Physical therapy assistants
- Emergency medical technicians
- Veterinary assistants & handlers
- Executives & managers (project assignments)
- Call center, help desk & customer service
- Inside sales/telemarketing
- School bus drivers
- Corrections workers
- Hotel/hospitality jobs like front desk & concierge
- Fast food and restaurant help (short order cooks, bartenders)
So you should consider retraining for many of these jobs. Going back to school can be a challenge for older Americans and can be a great experience for others, but in many cases it is a necessary step to differentiate yourself from the tens of thousands of other older workers and retirees that all have the same skills and experience that you have.
Check out the "Continue your education" area on the front page of this site.
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