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Posted on 03/23/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

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Last week, we told you about the AARP-sponsored job fairs that are taking place all over the country in places that unemployment is highest. The job fairs are geared specifically toward older workers – and this article from U.S. News and World Report today was an interesting read!
Because many older Americans are going to need to work longer to be able to finance their retirement, it might be useful to know which industries are likely to be good places for older workers to look for jobs. The article talks about a report out of Northeastern University that predicts the 30 fastest growing career fields for older Americans over the next decade.
According to the article, most of the job growth for older workers will be in the “social sector,” a sector that the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data estimates will have 7 million new jobs in the next 10 years. That sounds promising, right?
At the top of the list: educators. Closely behind teachers are registered nurses, home health aides, and personal and home care aides.
Are you an older American looking for a job or recently changed jobs? Which industries have you found to be the most promising for job seekers?