Career Options for Senior Citizens: Summer Jobs
Senior citizens may wish to stay busy in the summer with a full or part-time job. Many positions open seasonally for qualified applicants who have related experience or education. Some jobs may require applicants to have a high school diploma, and some may prefer candidates who have customer service experience.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2018)*||Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028)*|
|Amusement and Recreation Attendants||$22,260||8%|
|Bus Drivers, School or Special Client||$32,420||4%|
|Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity||$42,080||6%|
|Forest and Conservation Workers||$27,460||-3%|
|Parking Lot Attendants||$23,870||0%|
|Receptionists and Information Clerks||$29,140||5%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for Summer Jobs
Amusement and Recreation Attendants
Amusement and recreation attendants complete various tasks depending on their employer and position. Summer jobs that senior citizens may qualify for include golf rangers, recreation aides and attendants, sales representatives, and ride operators. These positions may require a high school diploma or GED and experience in customer service, especially in a similar role.
Bus Drivers, School and Special Client
Senior citizens who have at least a high school degree and some related experience may qualify to be bus drivers for schools and other clients. Summer positions for these drivers may include driving a bus for a summer-school program, summer camp, special education program and rehabilitation. Drivers will ensure safety and driving regulation compliance, check vehicle condition, and drive patrons to assigned locations.
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Bus drivers who drive transit and intercity routes may assist passengers with luggage and collect tickets. Some transit companies may offer summer positions, which senior citizens may qualify for with some employed driving experience. These drivers typically need a high school diploma.
Forest and Conservation Workers
Senior citizens who enjoy the outdoors and physical work may enjoy working in summer roles as forestry support workers and park maintainers. These positions typically involve enforcing regulations when visitors violate them and maintaining plants and trees as required. These workers typically need related experience and/or a two-year degree.
Parking Lot Attendants
Parking lot attendants are typically responsible for tasks such as issuing tickets, collecting parking fees, and parking cars in parking lots and garages. Some positions may consist of minimal physical activity while others may require attendants to stand and walk around for much of the day. Senior citizens looking for summer positions may qualify if they have at least a high school diploma and some related experience.
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Receptionists and information clerks may sometimes be hired on for summer positions. These jobs typically consist of sitting behind desks, with some light physical activities. Job duties may include handling phone calls, greeting visitors, and record retention. Senior citizens who have previously worked in clerical and office positions may qualify and usually need a high school diploma or some postsecondary education.
Senior citizens may enjoy summer positions as recreation workers, who complete a variety of tasks depending on their specific duties and position. Recreation workers include those who work in summer camps and other program as assistants, directors, aides, and others. Recreation worker educational background requirements vary depending on position; for example, an activities assistant may only need a high school diploma, while an activities director may need a four-year degree or qualifying experience.