Best Overall Jobs for Baby Boomers

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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