Jobs for Retirees

Work doesn't have to stop completely for those who have retired from their primary line of work. If you are looking for the next opportunity during this new life stage, explore top jobs that have limited education or experience requirements.

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Best Jobs for Retirees

Retirement doesn't always mean pursuing hobbies and traveling. For some individuals, retirement provides an opportunity to work in a new job, with the goal of earning extra cash and/or to learn. Read more about five part-time job options for retirees that have limited education requirements, do not involve much physical activity, and have on-the-job learning opportunities.

Job Title Median Salary (2017)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Bus Drivers $33,010 6%
Craft and Fine Artists $49,160 6%
Bakers $25,690 8%
General Office Clerks $31,500 -1%
Opticians $36,250 15%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Bus Drivers

Retirees with a high school diploma can quickly work their way through on-the-job training to become a bus driver. The primary duty of a bus driver is to take individuals to specific locations, such as school, work, and vacation destinations. They also help maintain the condition of the buses that they drive, clean up after passengers have disembarked, and keep passengers as safe as possible during their journey. This position requires sitting for long periods of time, as well as moderate learning that leads to a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Craft and Fine Artists

Have a talent for creating various pieces of artwork? Whether you enjoy painting, knitting, pottery, or glassware, working as a craft or fine artist could be the perfect post-retirement option for you. With no formal education requirement, artists can work part-time (at their own pace) to create, display, and sell their objects in-person and online. Creative retirees who desire a highly flexible schedule should definitely consider this position, since 55% of craft and fine artists were self-employed in 2016, according to the BLS.


No matter if you have had prior food industry experience, or are simply looking for a brand new area in which to work, employment as a baker offers a non-traditional schedule and plenty of learning opportunities. Rather than attending classes or earning certifications, all of the skills needed to work as a baker can usually be learned on the job. People in this position typically work in a retail setting (e.g. a grocery store), or in a production facility. They are responsible for monitoring the condition of ingredients used, following recipes to make various baked goods, and for using their specialized knowledge to achieve desired results.

General Office Clerks

Individuals who wish to work in an office environment post-retirement might find satisfaction in employment as a general office clerk. According to the BLS in 2016, 25% of individuals in this type of position worked part-time, which could be ideal for retirees (not to mention a challenge to find in other office-related positions). General office clerks are required to have a minimum of a high school diploma. Their daily duties include copying and filing various documents, basic data entry, answering phone calls made to the general office line, and greeting office visitors.


For those who have a high school diploma and are willing to participate in on-the-job training, retirees can find a unique opportunity working as an optician. Part-time openings are often available for this position, and the pay is among the highest of traditional employment opportunities for retirees. Opticians serve as the main individuals who work with customers to help them find the right pair of prescription glasses. They also prepare patients for eye appointments, make minor repairs to eyewear, and schedule eye appointments.

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