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If You’re Over 50, Recruiters Say

These Are the Top 6 Job Fields to Consider

by Kaitlyn McInnis at

While it’s completely unfair, ageism can be unfortunately quite difficult to combat in hiring, largely thanks to unfounded stereotypes that have been perpetuated about older workers.

    That being said, job seekers over 50 who are looking for a new career or position are not at all out of luck—especially if you’re looking in fields and sectors that value a lifetime of experience.

    Whether you’re looking to change careers entirely or you’re hoping to seek out a new position to better suit your lifestyle or work experiences, we tapped into our network of human resources professionals and hiring managers to get their insights on exactly which job fields actively seek applicants above the age of 50.

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Think ageism

is a U.S. problem?

Think again.

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Making a Noise

The International Journal

for Age Diversity

Navigating Your Career

Advice for older job hunters and employees from workplace expert Lindsey Pollak

by Nancy Collamer at

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"Since the beginning of 2020, every single person around the world has experienced a collective, unplanned, unwanted disruption — far worse for some than others — and it has changed every single one of our career trajectories in one way or another."

    So writes Lindsey Pollak in the introduction to her excellent new book, "Recalculating: Navigating Your Career Through the Changing World of Work"… it's a must-read if you're struggling with your career during this tumultuous time.

Work for Yourself@50+


More than 37 million people over the age of 50 are at risk of not having enough income to meet their basic needs. AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ makes it easy for older adults to explore self-employment options to increase their financial stability

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Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

Nifty50s has accumulated job-search advice
that specifically addresses the Covid pandemic.

I Object!

Most older job seekers face issues based solely on their ages

There are a lot of myths surrounding older job seekers. “They take too many sick days.” “They not up to date on the latest technology.” “They’re resistant to change.” Etc., etc., etc.

    While these types of objections may be flat out age discrimination, some are not. Sometimes it’s just hiring managers buying into the assumptions that created those myths in the first place. MORE

Business Colleagues

More help for the 50+ job seeker:

Unemployment Report for February

Unemployment Picture Darkens Slightly

for Older Workers in February

Unemployment up Four Percent for Older Workers

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Unemployment Data

for February 2021

National Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate Age 50-54

Unemployment Rate Age 55+

Total Number of Unemployed

over age 50
2.8 million

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