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Fastest Growing Jobs for Baby Boomers

career change mark gleason Aug 27, 2009
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by Mark Gleason

photo by RitaE

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 projected job growth.

Job Percent Growth
Social and Human Service Assistants  48.7%
Personal and Home Care Aides  40.5%
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers  40.1%
Teachers, Postsecondary  38.1%
Personal Financial Advisors  34.6%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers  34.5%
Rehabilitation Counselors  33.8%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Programs  32.0%
Security Guards  31.9%
Management Analysts  30.4%
Pharmacists  30.1%
Special Education Teachers, Middle School  30.0%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School  30.0%
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School  30.0%
Medical and Health Services Managers   29.3%
Audiologists  29.0%
Medical and Public Health Social Workers  28.6%
Emergency Management Specialists  28.2%
Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists  28.0%
Training and Development Specialists  27.9%
Social and Community Service Managers  27.7%
Logisticians  27.5%
Employment Interviewers, Private or Public Employment Service  27.3%
Personnel Recruiters  27.3%
Registered Nurses  27.3%
Speech-Language Pathologists  27.2%
Technical Writers  27.1%
Mental Health Counselors  26.7%
Instructional Coordinators  25.4%
Private Detectives and Investigators  25.3%
Veterinarians  25.1%
Clinical Psychologists  24.4%
Counseling Psychologists  24.4%
School Psychologists  24.4%
Directors, Religious Activities and Education  24.1%
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health  23.7%
Public Relations Managers  23.4%
Chiropractors  23.3%
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  23.3%
Child, Family and School Social Workers  23.2%
Tax Preparers  23.2%
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services  23.2%
Teacher Assistants  23.0%
Marriage and Family Therapists  22.4%
Landscape Architects  22.2%
Health Educators  21.9%
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs  21.7%
Library Assistants, Clerical  21.5%
Hydrologists  21.0%
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers  21.0%

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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