Retiring as soon as you hit a certain age has largely become a thing of the past. Many seniors today are choosing to keep on working for a variety of reasons. You may opt to stay at work simply because you enjoy what you do, or you want to explore other lines of work. Others have to keep working for financial reasons that cannot allow them to retire. Another reason why seniors may keep working is to stay physically and mentally healthy, as well as maintaining an active social life.
It is also possible that many seniors simply can’t imagine not having a job after spending a significant portion of their lifetime working, so they just never stop working.
For these reasons and more, many seniors are now choosing to work part-time instead of full-time since it allows more flexibility and more free time while offering similar rewards to working full-time. If you fall in this bracket or you simply want to take on a lighter workload, here are some of the best paying part time jobs for the seniors.
As a librarian, some of the tasks you may have to perform include shelving books, fielding questions, tracking any material issued by the library to patrons that may be overdue and sending notices where necessary, as well as keeping track of any lost or damaged items.
In order to work in the library, you will need some experience working in a similar setting. If you have an undergraduate or master’s degree in library science, you have an even better chance of getting this part-time job. Other skills that can make you a better librarian include the ability to keep accurate records, basic secretarial skills, data entry, word processing, and of course, the love of books.
You’ll earn an average of $20 to $25 per hour.
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2. MANAGEMENT ANALYST
As a management analyst, the responsibilities you will have include conducting organization evaluations, proposing strategies that assist the management of a company in operating more effectively, and designing procedures that are to be applied in problem-solving.
In order to secure a part-time job as a management analyst, you need a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience. You may be required to travel frequently on the job in order to visit client offices so you will get to experience working in different places, which makes the job all the more interesting.
You’ll earn an average of $30 an hour.
Bookkeepers often work in a freelance capacity, which allows them to take on a mix of small and large clients. If this is a part-time career you intend to pursue, some of the tasks you might have to take on include handling financial reports, maintaining checking and savings accounts, buying supplies for the office you work in, and keeping track of the inventory database systems.
Requirements for the job include a degree in accounting or a related field, as well as experience or formal training as a bookkeeper. Other skills that you may want to acquire to give you an edge include being proficient in using financial and accounting software programs, data entry, interpersonal skills, and being detail oriented.
You’ll earn an average of $15 to $20 an hour.
4. SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
As a speech-language pathologist, your job description may often require you to work in schools or hospitals to help children and adults with medical disorders that lead to limited communication abilities.
Responsibilities you can expect include assessing and treating speech, language, social communication, and cognitive communication. In order to become a speech-language pathologist, you will need a master’s degree, and many states additionally require a license in order for you to practice.
You’ll earn an average of $40 per hour.
Being a consultant is one of the most convenient ways to keep doing a job you love but for shorter hours. As a consultant, your job description entails offering advice and expertise to the company you work for or any other clients, in order to help them improve the operations, management, strategies, and general profitability of the company.
All the expertise, connections, and experience that you have gained in your field comes in handy when you opt to work as a part-time consultant.
The average earning for working as a consultant greatly varies depending on the field that you intend to specialize in.
6. DOG WALKER / PET SITTER
If you love animals, particularly, dogs, why not walk them as a part-time job? Your main responsibility as a part-time dog walker is to provide exercise for your client’s dogs. You will also be expected to check the dog’s food and water supply in order to ensure that they are comfortable after their walk. In case the dog falls sick under your care, you are expected to notify the owners and seek veterinary services as per the instructions of the owner.
Another job that requires you to be an animal lover is pet sitting. As a pet sitter, the main task is to provide basic animal care in the absence of the owner. The job description requires you to feed and put out water, groom, clean litter boxes, and generally ensure that the pet is comfortable.
Earnings for this job range from $10 to $20 per hour.
When you choose to become a blogger, you not only get to work part-time, but you also get to work from home, if that is something you want. You will be writing, editing, posting, and promoting content on your blog or website. Additionally, you will need to come up with ideas, compose and edit posts, and finally market them to your audience.
You don’t need any specific training or educational requirements to become a blogger. As long as you are an expert in a particular subject matter and you know your way around technology and the required software, you can make money through it.
There are bloggers who make thousands of dollars every month, and there are others who barely make anything month to month. It all depends on the amount of work you are willing to put into the business.
8. TAX PREPARER
The main responsibility for this job is preparing income tax for individuals and companies. Other tasks you may be expected to do include identifying potential tax credits and liabilities, ensuring that the returns you file are accurate, complete, and timely, and completing given tax forms in accordance with policies and regulations put in place.
The bulk of your work will be during the tax season, and then your schedule will be lighter for the rest of the year. A background in accounting is highly desirable to work as a tax preparer, as well as experience working with a small or large organization.
You’ll earn an average of $10 to $15 an hour.
9. CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
There are many customer service jobs available, and some of them will even let you work from the comfort of your home. As a part-time customer service representative, your tasks entail helping customers who make contact with any complaints and questions they may have, as well as giving them information about services and products.
You will also be required to take orders and process returns, and generally, assure customers about their purchasing decisions. You will need to be adept when it comes to communication skills over the phone or via chat software. Further in-person training may also be required.
You’ll earn an average of $13 per hour.
10. EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Duties that you can expect to perform as an executive administrative assistant include answering phones, preparing reports, organizing and filing documents, screening visitors and scheduling appointments, taking care of basic bookkeeping tasks, recording the minutes during meetings, and making travel arrangements.
To qualify for most of these positions, all you need is a high school diploma. Other additional skills that may come in handy include computer skills, problem-solving, typing, record keeping, accounting, data entry and management, multitasking, attention to detail, and strong interpersonal skills.
You’ll earn an average of $20. per hour.
11. PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
As a part-time physical therapist assistant, you will work directly under a physical therapist. Tasks that physical therapist assistants carry out include observing patients in order to note their status and report back to a physical therapist and helping patients to do specific exercises in order to improve their flexibility.
Additionally, you will also be expected to use a variety of recommended techniques such as massages and stretches to treat patients, help patients to use devices and equipment such as walkers, and give advice where necessary to the patient and family members. In order to qualify to work as a physical therapist assistant, you need to hold an associate’s degree that is typically required for the position.
You’ll earn an average of $25 to $30 an hour.
12. SOCIAL WORKER
Social workers typically help their clients to handle their everyday life problems in an appropriate manner. If you opt to work as a part-time social worker, the key responsibilities you will be expected to handle include assessing clients and gathering the necessary information and taking care of the needs of the client over the phone and in person.
In addition to this, you will also be in charge of ensuring that clients get involved in constructive activities, keeping accurate records and preparing thorough reports, and participating in training and meetings.
A bachelor’s degree in social work is required if you want to get started. A master’s degree and at least two years of experience will be needed if you want to become a clinical social worker. A background in psychology is also a plus.
You’ll earn an average of $20 to $25 an hour.
13. DIETITIAN AND NUTRITIONIST
Dietitians and nutritionists often work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and other institutions. Their main responsibility is to create nutritional programs based on the health needs of patients, as well as advise them about their food-related lifestyle choices. Your duties working part-time will include assessing the health needs and diets of patients, documenting the progress of patients through writing reports, and generally promoting better nutrition by speaking to groups about diet and nutrition.
You have the option of either meeting with patients or working as a consultant for a variety of organizations if you are an expert in the field. In order to qualify for this profession, you will need a bachelor’s degree and some supervised training. Additionally, some states require you to be licensed in order to work in the field.
You’ll earn an average of $25 per hour.
14. INSURANCE SALES AGENT
As suggested by the name, you will be selling one or more types of insurance to customers. The job will require you to call potential customers and obtain relevant information from them regarding their financial resources. After you get this data, you will then pitch to them the insurance you are selling, making sure to analyze any insurance policies they might already have and suggest additions or changes.
Other responsibilities you will handle as a part-time employee include taking care of policy renewals, maintaining records, and guiding policyholders through the process of settling claims. To work as an insurance sales agents all you need is a high school diploma, but a bachelor’s degree in a related field is obviously a plus.
You’ll earn an average of $20 per hour.
15. ADULT LITERACY INSTRUCTOR
Adult literacy instructors typically work to provide education to adults and out-of-school youth. As a part-time instructor, your responsibilities will generally include creating lesson plans, teaching reading and writing, working with your students on an individual basis, providing regular academic reports, and developing problem-solving skills in your students.
You will also need to create an environment where your students can feel comfortable to participate in your class, as well as assist in the recruitment of new participants. Depending on your state, you may need a bachelor’s degree and some experience in a classroom in order to become an adult literacy instructor.
You’ll earn an average of $25 per hour.
16. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Affiliate marketing is different from other jobs in this list because it can be done 100% online. It is also one of the easiest part time jobs and most straight forward way of making that extra bit of cash.
So what exactly is affiliate marketing? Well, it is a business model that involves promoting other people’s products and getting paid a commission for every sale made from a lead you sent. Your job is to simply recommend products to people, and when they buy them, you get paid a commission. And that is all there is to it!
Affiliate marketing has several advantages over the other jobs in this list. Here are some of the benefits you can expect as an affiliate marketer:
– You get to be your own boss. With affiliate marketing, you pick your own products, choose your own hours, and decide how much you would like to work each time.
– It creates an unmatched level of freedom. Nothing beats working knowing that you are making money for yourself and no one else. Being able to make all the decisions along with the ability to make the kind of money you have always dreamed of will create a level of freedom in your life that nothing else can match.
– It has an uncapped earning potential. What this means is that you can literally make as much money as you want. There are people who have become millionaires through affiliate marketing. The more you sell, the more money you make.
– Anyone can do it, even with zero prior experience in the field. So even if you have very limited computer skills, you can still get into this business and find success with it.
– It can lead to your financial freedom. If you have been looking for a part time job because you want to supplement your income, this could be the secret to finally achieving that elusive financial freedom and finally being able to live life like you have always wanted.
– It is an absolutely low risk business venture. You do not stock any inventory, and it has an almost zero initial monetary investment. Plus, if you find that one product is not making you as much money as it could, you simply just abandon it and move on to the next product! There is nothing tying you down to one thing or one merchant.
For these reasons and more, affiliate marketing is hands down the best part time job for seniors. And the best part is that you can get started as soon as you want to, even today! Just be sure that you are ready to work hard and dedicate some time to your business, because it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time to build your business to soaring heights, just like any other brick and mortar business.
Working part-time as you live out your golden years can give you a renewed sense of purpose, help you feel younger for longer, and of course, allow you to make money and save for when you actually decide to retire. Furthermore, since you won’t be working full time, you don’t have to worry about being physically and emotionally drained. You’ll still have time to enjoy being a senior and make good money at the same time! It’s a definite win-win.
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