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5 Good Jobs for Retirees

By Chip Rogers Posted May 21, 2013 6:35pm (EDT)
Many Retirees Look to Return to the Workforce

Many Retirees Look to Return to the Workforce


Many people enjoy working, just to work. Retirement can bring a sense of loss of purpose for some.

Certain jobs work well for those who want to return to the workforce after retirement.

AARP has compiled a list of 5 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees.

1. Librarian Assistant/Aide - Duties might include fielding questions, shelving books, helping patrons check out, tracking overdue material and sending notices, as well as cataloging and keeping an eye out for lost and damaged items.

2. Bookkeeper - In small businesses, bookkeepers handle a full sweep of financial record keeping. You might take care of purchasing office supplies and processing payroll. Other duties can include establishing and maintaining inventory database systems, tracking accounts receivable and accounts payable, maintaining checking and savings accounts, producing financial reports, following up on delinquent accounts, and overseeing audits and reviews.

3. Personal & Home Care Aide - You typically help elderly, ill or disabled people with everyday activities ranging from bathing and getting dressed to running errands. Other duties might include light housekeeping, companionship, grocery shopping, meal preparation and medication monitoring.

4. Handyman - If you tackle this as a self-employed fix-it-up service, figure on a smorgasbord of odd jobs that range from tightening loose door handles to repairing running toilets. It can be a toss-up of woodworking, plumbing, electrical and even painting projects. There are more structured opportunities in this arena with building owners who hire part-time workers to perform basic maintenance. This is one job, even on a part-time basis, that requires a certain level of fitness and stamina.

5. Medical Assistant - Administrative tasks in doctors' offices are usually the bulk of the workload. In essence, you're performing front-office duties, such as checking in patients, verifying insurance information, answering telephones, scheduling appointments and typing. You may also be the one who maintains supplies. Some assistants help physicians with procedures and prepare medical records. If you have the training, you may perform direct patient care such as conducting an EKG, specimen collection, wound care, medication administration and checking vital signs.

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