20 Best Jobs for Retirees
As a huge chunk of Canada’s workforce is now reaching retirement age, things are changing in the job market. However, many retirees are also returning to work, for reasons ranging from financial to still wanting to feel useful.
Even though companies may be reluctant to invest in training older workers, having retirees return to work and bring their years of experience to the field is actually a win-win situation.
If you want to come out of retirement, you don’t necessarily have to go back to your old job, though. There are many great jobs that can be done part time and are perfect for retirees.
Data from Indeed.com.
1. Research AssistantBeing a research assistant gives you the opportunity to use the insight you’ve gained from years of working in a particular field while allowing you to learn new things. In Canada, the average salary is $18.70 per hour, according to Indeed.com.
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2. Library AssistantBecoming a library assistant is an especially good option if you have experience either as a librarian or in the educational field. It involves cataloguing, sorting and repairing materials and helping patrons find what they’re looking for. The average salary for a library assistant in Canada is $21.64 per hour.
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3. AccountantIf you have accounting skills such as payroll or taxes, you can easily apply them part-time, as a consultant or by starting your own business. The average salary for an accountant in Canada is $21.39 per hour.
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4. TutorFor retired teachers and lecturers, becoming a tutor is a way to carry on teaching without the stress of a classroom. It can be incredibly rewarding too. In Canada, tutors earn on average $22.35 per hour.
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5. Babysitter or NannyOnce you’ve retired, you may suddenly find yourself in demand as a babysitter or nanny, so why not do it professionally? You can earn on average $12.31 per hour looking after other people’s kids.
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6. Dog WalkerAs a professional dog walker, you get to interact with pooches while getting exercise, enjoying fresh air and meeting new people. The average salary for dog walkers in Canada is $13.01 per hour.
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7. Tour GuideIf you know your local area well and love meeting new people, being a tour guide may be just the job for you. You can even specialize in a particular subject, such as local history, geology or cuisine. The average salary for tour guides in Canada is $16.00 per hour.
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8. Makeup ArtistOpportunities for makeup artists range from working on movie sets or photo shoots to doing makeup for weddings or other special events. In Canada, you can earn an average of $18.05 as a makeup artist.
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9. Hair StylistThe average salary for a hair stylist in Canada is $13.75 but you don’t have to work in a fancy salon to style people’s hair. It’s something you can do freelance, travelling to clients’ homes and charging per cut.
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10. House SitterEven though house sitting doesn’t always come with a salary, it does come with free accommodation. It’s the perfect job for you if you want to travel and immerse yourself in new places and there are several house sitting websites like Housecarers.com where you can find opportunities.
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11. MentorBeing a mentor allows you to stay in your career field and impart your knowledge without the stress of having to still do the job you used to. Opportunities for mentoring may become even more plentiful as experienced workers retire and new ones need training and the average hourly salary is $16.25.
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12. ESL or FSL TeacherThere are plenty of opportunities for teaching English or French as a second language in Canada, with ESL teacher salaries averaging $21.56 per hour. You can also teach abroad but salaries vary greatly according to location.
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13. Language PractitionerSkilled language practitioners such as editors, proofreaders and translators can find freelance work not only in Canada but all around the world through freelancing websites. How much you’ll earn per hour will depend on where the job is.
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14. WriterYou don’t need to have the next Great Canadian Novel swirling in your head to follow a career as a writer. You can write articles, how-to guides, marketing copy, guest blog posts or anything else that requires words. Freelancing websites offer a wide range of opportunities for writers-for-hire or you can do things on your own terms by self-publishing.
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15. ModelModelling isn’t only for the young, thin and beautiful. Marketers often need faces that Baby Boomers can relate to, so older models are becoming more in demand. Some modelling agencies now specialize in senior models.
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16. DriverDrivers are in great demand in Canada, from delivery to transit drivers. If you have your own vehicle, you may find an even greater variety of job opportunities. For example, the average salary for an Uber driver in Canada is $19.94 per hour.
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17. Personal Chef or CatererIf cooking is your passion, becoming a part-time personal chef or caterer can be a great job for you. You may even start your own business as long as you’re willing to cater to different tastes and meet deadlines. Caterers in Canada make on average $14.45 per hour.
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18. Project ManagerIf you have the skills to work out schedules, contract workers and oversee teams, you may find that project management on a contract basis helps you stay up to date your career field, whether it’s in construction or publishing. Salaries vary greatly according to industry but average $46.48 per hour in Canada.
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19. Home Care AideHome care can be much less stressful than full-time nursing, since you only have one patient. The job varies according to the patient's healthcare needs and the average salary in Canada is $19.82 per hour.
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20. Online SellingIf you have access to the internet and reliable delivery service, you can sell almost anything online. For example, you can sell your own crafts on a site like Etsy, buy antiques or collectibles and resell them on eBay or start your own online retailing business.
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