If you are like many other retirees, you are not ready to immediately jump from full-time work to full-time leisure. You may want to retire from working more gradually by seeking interesting and diverse part-time opportunities after retirement. Here are five jobs you may like but would not normally have thought about. They offer flexible hours, offer variety and do not require difficult physical exertion.
More retirees working than ever
Now, more than ever, older adults are staying in the work force. The percentage of retirees in the workforce are now higher than the percentage of teens in the workforce—for the first time since the Department of Labor has been tracking.
What retirees want
Retirees gravitate to jobs that offer greater flexibility in hours or days worked. More than half of retired workers, and especially women workers, choose part time employment. Retirees are attracted to jobs that require mental skills developed through training or education. Lower level jobs and jobs that require a great deal of physical exertion do not interest many retirees.
Audition and perform for community theater, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, talking books, comedy clubs or voice-over parts. There are 80,000 actors making $19.82 median pay.
Monitor streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites to guide or control vehicles or pedestrians. There are 71,000 employees making $11.90 hourly.
Photograph for portraits, sports, advertising, commercial, newspapers, scientific, aerial, and photojournalists. There are 136,000 employees with a median wage of $14.66 hourly.
Referee or umpire
Officiate competitive sports and athletic events such as basketball, baseball, softball or football; or be a sports league commissioner. Judge diving meets or horse shows. There are 18,000 employees making median annual pay of $24,090.
Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses. There are 88,000 employees making $17.30 per hour.
Other jobs you could consider
For seasonal flexibility, manage a nursery or greenhouse. There are 931,000 personnel engaged in propagating, cultivating, and harvesting flowers, mushrooms, shrubs, trees, and other plants. Median pay is $68,050 per year.
Peace Corps Volunteer
Its great to go abroad, all expenses paid, if you do not mind staying in one place for two years. Make new friends and gain an appreciation of other languages and cultures. Travel to and from your assignment is paid. You will receive a living allowance while stationed there. The big bonus is $8,775 paid at the close of 27 months. More retirees are volunteering now in addition to working.
More about participation rates
The nation is witnessing a huge demographic shift as baby boomers are reaching retirement. Not only are more and more people retiring every year, but their participation rate is increasing. Since 1990, more people aged 50 and above are working than ever before. For example, over 30 percent of people aged 65 to 69 are still working now compared to 20 years ago. Meanwhile, teens aged 16 to 19 are working less. Over half of all teens worked in 1990. Now just over 30 percent are attached to the workforce. Reasons for this are many and will be dealt with in another article.