Best Overall Jobs for Baby Boomers

by Mark Gleason

Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin have researched and written more than 20 books on career topics, including 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers, a compendium of dozens of lists of desirable and growing fields for baby boomers. The list below ranks careers that employ a high percentage of baby boomers on a combination of three criteria: earnings, projected growth and number of openings.

Job Annual Earnings Percent Growth Annual Openings
Management Analysts    $64,560  30.4%    78,000
Teachers, Postsecondary     $54,406  38.1%  216,000
Logisticians    $59,460  27.5%  162,000
General and Operations Managers     $79,300  18.4%  260,000
Registered Nurses    $53,640  27.3%  215,000
Anesthesiologists   $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Internists, General   $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Obstetricians and Gynecologists   $145,600  19.5%    38,000 
Psychiatrists  $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Surgeons   $145,600  19.5%    38,000
Family and General Practitioners   $136,170  19.5%    38,000
Pediatricians, General  $135,450  19.5%    38,000
Medical and Health Services Managers    $68,320  29.3%    33,000
Financial Managers, Branch or Department    $83,780  18.3%    71,000
Treasurers, Controllers and Chief Financial Officers     $83,780  18.3%    71,000
Chief Executives   $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Government Service Executives  $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Private Sector Executives  $141,820  16.7%    63,000
Pharmacists    $87,160  30.1%    23,000
Lawyers    $97,420  17.0%    53,000
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School    $74,610  20.7%    31,000
Administration Services Managers    $62,300  19.8%    40,000
Sales Representatives, Agricultural    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Chemical and Pharmaceutical    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Electrical/Electronic    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Instruments    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Mechanical Equipment and Supplies    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Sales Representatives, Medical    $59,390  19.3%    44,000
Personal Financial Advisors    $62,450  34.6%    18,000
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School    $46,300  30.0%    59,000
Special Education Teachers, Middle School    $45,000  30.0%    59,000
Training and Development Managers    $70,430  19.4%    21,000
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School    $44,330  30.0%    59,000
Compensation and Benefits Managers    $67,040  19.4%    21,000
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products    $46,090  19.1%  160,000
Construction Managers    $70,770  12.0%    47,000
Public Relations Managers    $73,960  23.4%    10,000
Clinical Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Counseling Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
School Psychologists    $56,360  24.4%    17,000
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education    $46,120  18.2%  118,000
Training and Development Specialists    $45,370  27.9%    35,000
Storage and Distribution Managers    $67,300  19.7%    13,000
Transportation Managers    $67,300  19.7%    13,000
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors—Construction Trades Workers    $50,980  14.1%    67,000
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors—Extractive Workers    $50,980  14.1%    67,000
Instructional Coordinators    $50,060  25.4%    18,000
Social and Community Service Managers    $48,330  27.7%    19,000
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers    $51,000  15.4%    42,000
Cost Estimators    $50,920  18.6%    25,000

 

 

Republished with permission from 225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers, by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., 2006, © JIST Publishing.


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