Recession Proof Jobs for the Over 50s
The current economic climate has left more and more people looking for recession proof
jobs. Fortunately, there are some careers - even for those of us over 50 - that are
pretty much recession proof. If you haven't been in the job market for a while and it's
time to change careers, let's take a look at a few new choices, some of which may not have
been available last time you were job hunting.
We all hear that teachers are overworked and underpaid, but in fact, this is one of the
fastest growing professions in the industry. And, despite the so-called "advantage" that
teachers get summers off, this is one of the most difficult positions to do well, too.
Fortunately, you have a couple of options. First of all, the teaching profession is so
desperate for teachers right now that one of the fastest growing sectors of that market is
in the area of substitute teachers. As a substitute teacher, you generally don't need ANY
specific certification to get started. You do need a college degree, but it can be in
accounting, for example. Many districts will give you a two-year provisional certificate
and you can begin teaching absolutely immediately. If you like it, you can stay with it
and get a degree in the area you want to teach in permanently, which makes it a win-win
situation all around.
Finances and bookkeeping
There are an awful lot of people out there who are good business people, but they're
terrible at figures. In addition, a lot of established companies are forgoing in-house
accountants and bookkeepers in favor of outsourcing the work for much cheaper rates. If
you've got a degree in bookkeeping or finance, set up your own shingle and start to offer
your services to those who need the extra financial help. You can set an introductory "new
client" rate initially so that you attract clients your business, and then establish a
higher rate for ongoing business. If you don't have a degree in bookkeeping or finance but
you're good at this type of work, consider getting a degree, as this is an area of
employment that's not going to go away anytime soon.
"Green" living and renewable energy
This is an area that's burgeoning, especially with an emphasis on global warming and
the need for a move away from fossil fuel dependence. This is a particular employment
sector that's going to open up in all areas in the next few years. Depending on your area
of expertise, it bodes well for job-hunting indeed.
Maintenance or repair work
If you've been a handyman, good at plumbing, good at fixing things, and so on, now may
be the time to make a career change into this area. With the shrinking economy, people are
no longer buying new as much and they're trying to keep what they have running. Car
mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and all areas that deal with repair work of some sort
are going to be growing in the foreseeable future. In general, this does require specific
certification and training depending on the area you live in, so check into your areas
ordinances and get the proper training you need.