25 Best Jobs for Seniors/Retirees (Part-Time, at Home, etc)

Seniors in the U.S. often retire past their employer’s minimum retirement age or seek part-time work after retiring to supplement their income; there are plenty of job opportunities available for working seniors and retirees. Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers aged 40 and up,[1] so you can apply for any job you feel qualified for. Below, we detail some specific types of jobs commonly available to seniors, including information about general skill requirements and senior employment resources to get you started in your search.

The List

Below, we list jobs that are good for and commonly hire seniors or retirees. Included are a few companies that offer each type of position; however, opportunties aren’t limited to only these companies. Since the best job for you will depend on your experience and interests, our list is alphabetical.

Note that you may want to decide how many hours you want to work before filling out an application. Part-time hours are typically less than 34 hours per week; however, state and federal laws leave that determination to each employer.[2][3]

Bank Teller

  • Skills/qualifications: Previous cash-handling experience
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Bank of America, U.S. Bank, and other banks/credit unions in your area

Call Center Representative

  • Skills/qualifications: Some employers require previous call center experience; remote positions may have equipment requirements like a quiet, dedicated workspace, a certain type of computer, or a headset
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person or remote
  • Potential employers: AAAAmazon, Liveops, Citi, and Discover

Caregiver

  • Skills/qualifications: Employer may request some previous experience
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Care.com or self-employment

Cleaner

City or State Employee

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Check your local city and state job boards

Delivery Driver

  • Skills/qualifications: Vehicle required
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Door Dash and Shipt

Our previous research lists the jobs that give you a car to drive, as well as insurance companies that offer delivery driver insurance.

E-Commerce

Freelancer

  • Skills/qualifications: Previous experience required; you’ll use your existing skills to provide a service to your clients
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Either
  • Potential employers: Freelancer.com is a free resource that helps connect freelancers with potential clients.

Grocery Stores

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position; entry-level positions available
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Kroger, Publix, WegmansTrader Joe’s, and Whole Foods

Hospitals/Medical Centers

  • Skills/qualifications: Skilled and unskilled workers can apply.
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Check your local hospital’s career webpage.

Life Coach

  • Skills/qualifications: Previous counseling experience, a Bachelor’s Degree, and communication skills are required for credibility; there are no license requirements.
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Either
  • Potential employers: Self-employed

Local Coffee Houses, Restaurants, and Cafés

  • Skills/qualifications: None
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Locally-owned businesses or national chains like Starbucks and Olive Garden

Local Tourism Venues

  • Skills/qualifications: Vary by position; entry-level positions are available in areas like ticket sales or food service
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Local amusement parks, museums, and other tourist attractions in your area

Non-Profit Organizations

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Animal welfare groups, organizations that assist the developmentally disabled, and national nonprofits like the United Way

Pet Sitting

  • Skills/qualifications: Previous animal-handling experience
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Rover.comSittercity; you may also be able to start your own business

Professional Organizer

  • Skills/qualifications: Organizational skills
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Self-employment

Remote Customer Service

  • Skills/qualifications: Home office and high-speed internet
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Remote
  • Potential employers: Airbnb, Credit Acceptance, and Harry & David

Retail

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position; entry-level positions available
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: TargetWalmartH&M, and TJX

School District Jobs

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position; entry-level food service and janitorial positions may be available
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Check your local school district website.

Staffing Services

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the position; office support/administrative positions are common, so experience in that area is useful
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Kelly, Randstad, and Office Team/Robert Half

Tax Preparation Services

  • Skills/qualifications: Depends on the employer; Liberty Tax offers a free tax school
  • Schedule: Full- or part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Liberty Tax and H&R Block

Teach an Adult Community Education Class

  • Skills/qualifications: Must be able to educate students about your specific skill
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Remote or in-person: In-person
  • Potential employers: Contact your local school district for details about how to offer your enrichment class to the community.

Teach English Online

  • Skills/qualifications: Must be fluent in English; some employers may require you to be a native speaker. These positions also typically require a Bachelor’s degree in any subject.
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Remote
  • Potential employers: VIPKid and Qkids

Teach Music Lessons Online or In-Person

  • Skills/qualifications: Proficient in an instrument and music theory; employers may require a Bachelor’s Degree in music
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Either
  • Potential employers: Guitar Center, local music schools, or self-employment

Tutoring

  • Skills/qualifications: Minimum high school diploma or GED for elementary-age; increasing qualifications based on the age of the students
  • Schedule: Part-time
  • Remote or in-person: Either
  • Potential employers: Tutors.com is a free resource for tutors.

Employment Resources for Seniors

Since position availability depends on who is hiring in your area when you’re applying, you might want to use a job board gearted toward seniors to help you in your search. The U.S. Department of Labor offers an older worker program finder to assist unemployed seniors aged 55 and over in finding job skills training as a stepping stone to gainful employment. It provides a list of programs in your area once you enter your zip code.

WorkForce50.com also provides job listing for ages 50 and up by state. It includes a list of employers recognized for recruiting and hiring older workers, as well as job openings at these companies.

Additionally, AARP has a job board that highlights companies that pledge to hire the workers over the age of 50. You can search job opportunities by zip code.