Careers for Women 55+

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2008, 12.6 million women over 55 were employed. Their report also mentions that U.S. women over 55 make up at least 54.5 percent of the workforce in their age group. Careers in this demographic include nursing, teaching, management and everything in between.

Direct Selling

Women over 55 can embark upon careers in direct selling to help supplement their retirement income. Opportunities exist to sell products such as makeup, candles, home goods, foods, weight loss products, jewelry, clothing, cleaning supplies and even educational material. The Direct Selling Association reports that in 2009, 82.4 percent of direct sellers were women. Their research also shows that overall, about 14 percent of direct sellers were between the ages of 55 and 64.

Adminstrative Assistant

In 2008, the United States Department of Labor indicated that jobs as secretaries and administrative assistants were dominated by women over 55. Administrative assistant positions typically offer a 9-to-5 schedule, with duties that may include answering phones, crafting correspondence, conducting research, greeting visitors, filing documents, compiling information for budgets and making travel arrangements. Administrative assistants spend the majority of their time at their desks and do very little lifting.


In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor listed careers in education as a top career choice for women over 55. If your days in the classroom are over but you still want to teach, consider tutoring. As a tutor, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills to use while assisting students in a wide gamut of subject matter. A 2009 report conducted by Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, in conjunction with Experience Corp -- a 50-plus tutoring organization -- found that when people over 55 tutor, it positively impacts their physical and mental health.

Sales Associate

Equipped with outgoing personalities, customer service skills and the ability to close sales, women who are 55 and over often take positions as sales associates. Retail was listed as a top career choice for women over 55 in a 2008 report produced by the U.S. Department of Labor. Don't limit yourself to working retail at a clothing store; sales associates are needed at bookstores, hair salons and even insurance companies. While some sales positions may require specific licensing and education, many positions offer on-the-job training.


AARP lists bookkeeping as one of the top five part-time careers for retirees, and in 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor listed it as a top ten career for women over 55. Women with experience in accounting assist small business owners by tracking accounts payable and receivable, handling audits, generating financial reports and reconciling bank statements. They perform bookkeeping services at clients' offices or even virtually, depending on the needs of their employers or clients.