Promoting Diversity in the Workforce, Series 2 – Hiring Older Workers

The second in our series in “Promoting Diversity in the Workforce” focuses on hiring older Americans. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2012 the U.S. labor force will experience a shortfall of 10 million workers due to a wave of retiring older workers. While this may seem like a daunting fact to many employers, over 40 percent of people age 55 and older still remain in the workforce. Many factors contribute to older workers remaining in the labor market longer, some of which include the economic downturn, increases in health costs and an aging population. As more older Americans look to pursue different careers or take on part-time employment to subsidize their income, hiring managers should look to these older works to fill positions that still remain vacant, in many cases due to younger, less experienced workers. There are several occupations that are growing particular to this older age group. Industries such as consulting and care giving are among them, and older workers are primed to position themselves as good candidates for these job openings. According to a recent report released by Northeastern University based on analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, here are top occupations for older workers. The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Occupations for Older Workers

  1. Primary, secondary, and special education teachers
  2. Registered nurses
  3. Home health aides
  4. Personal and home care aides
  5. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
  6. Medical assistants
  7. Licensed practical and vocational nurses
  8. Business operations specialists
  9. General and operations managers
  10. Child care workers

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