9 Excellent Jobs for Retirees

The job market may be tight, but there are plenty of opportunities for qualified retirees. Learn to put your skills to work, branch out, and try something new while earning a paycheck.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    Consultant

    Put your years of corporate experience to work by becoming a consultant in your field. Use your industry contacts and free social media resources like Facebook and Twitter to promote your services.

    Bookkeeper

    Bookkeeping is an excellent opportunity to set your own hours and even work from home. Talk with small businesses in your area or start working for a temp agency to grow your network. This work is ideal for those retiring from fields like accounting or executive support.

    Patient Advocate

    Here's a gig that's perfect for those retiring from the medical field. Patient advocates often work on an hourly basis and can work for families or for a health care facility. You’ll help schedule appointments, fill out forms, and talk with health professionals about patient care.

    Tour Guide

    Work at your local museum, historical society, or area's welcome office as a tour guide. You’ll put your knowledge of the area to work and have the chance to engage with new people each day.

    Greeter

    Malls and retail stores are always looking for friendly faces to greet customers when they enter or leave the store. A winning smile and great attitude are all you need for this rewarding and carefree position.

    Caterer

    If you’re a star in the kitchen, now's a great time to put those skills to work by starting or joining a catering company. Promote yourself through your social and religious groups, and pass the word to friends and family.

    Pet Sitter

    If you love animals, pet sitting could be a great fit for you. You can visit and care for animals in your home or your client’s. Get started by watching pets of friends and family or join a pet sitting service in your area.

    Appraiser

    Are you well-versed on a historical event or period in art history? Why not promote your services by appraising art and collectibles. Earn certification through your local community college and start your new career as an expert appraiser.

    Genealogist

    Help others research and document their family history by working as a certified genealogist. After you earn your certification, you can help others remotely or on-site at libraries, government offices, and cemeteries.

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