The 20 Most Popular Jobs for Seniors

Senior carpenter worker
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted older American workers, both in its health impacts and the ability to budget and save for retirement.

Workers 65 and older have seen some of the highest recent unemployment rates. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of April 2020 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the unemployment rate was highest among workers in the youngest age cohort (ages 16 to 24) — at 27.4% — and next highest among workers in the oldest age cohort (ages 65 and older) — at 15.6%.

The BLS has not yet published data on how senior employment within specific occupations has changed during COVID-19, so we looked at the most popular jobs for seniors. We ranked occupations based on the percentage of workers who were 65 and older in 2019.

Data for this report comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey. We filtered out any occupation with “other” or “miscellaneous” in the title due to lack of occupational specificity.

Following were the most popular jobs for seniors in 2019.

1. Models, demonstrators and product promoters

Senior woman working from home on laptop and phone
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Seniors employed in 2019: 21,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 62,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 34%

2. Crossing guards

Crossing guard
LightFieldStudios / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 13,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 52,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 25%

3. Tailors, dressmakers and sewers (tie)

Seamstress
UfaBizPhoto / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 21,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 86,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 24%

3. Tax preparers (tie)

Accountant
Dragon Images / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 23,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 97,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 24%

5. Clergy

Catholic clergyman
Studio Specialty / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 86,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 413,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 21%

6. Musicians, singers and related workers

A bearded senior in a hat sings and plays piano music
DGLimages / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 41,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 202,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 20%

7. Bus drivers

bus driver
LightField Studios / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 104,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 546,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 19%

8. Psychologists

Senior man working from home
pixelheadphoto digitalskillet / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 41,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 234,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 18%

9. Property, real estate and community association managers

An older businessman gestures thumbs up
Stock-Asso / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 134,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 780,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 17%

10. Lawyers (tie)

Woman with widow's veil talking to lawyer
Air Images / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 188,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,240,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 15%

10. Real estate brokers and sales agents (tie)

Real estate agent
Sean Locke Photography / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 161,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,095,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 15%

10. Librarians (tie)

Senior student studying
Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 26,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 179,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 15%

13. Dentists (tie)

Dentist
DenisProduction.com / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 23,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 162,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 14%

13. Artists and related workers (tie)

Smart senior
AshTproductions / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 34,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 248,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 14%

13. Chief executives (tie)

CEO
Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 219,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,602,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 14%

16. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs (tie)

Taxi driver
Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 102,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 790,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 13%

16. Writers and authors (tie)

Writer
Elena Frund / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 29,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 225,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 13%

16. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (tie)

saving income
spaxiax / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 129,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,015,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 13%

19. Postsecondary teachers (tie)

Older teacher wearing a face mask in an empty classroom
vladaphotowiz / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 172,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,386,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 12%

19. Physicians and surgeons (tie)

Cosmetic surgeon and patient
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 127,000

Total workers employed in 2019: 1,098,000

Seniors as a percentage of all workers: 12%

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