Your encore career: Jobs for retirees

From the outside looking in, accepting a job after you've retired should have an entirely different feel. After all, isn't that why it's called the golden years? For some, those words ring true. For others, due to the recent recession in which a lot of 401k's and other retirement plans took a tumble, some type of part-time position is needed and necessary. Whatever the case, the jobs are out there.

Do what you know

Recruiters like experience and your experience can translate into flexibility in this particular case. For example, retired school teachers can do substitute teaching. In Fulton County, the process for applying can be found by clicking here.

Help for retirees in need

Georgia has a Senior Community Service Employment Program for individuals 55 and older who have an income at or below 125 percent of the poverty income guidelines set by the U.S. Office of Management & Budget.

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Helping those in need specializes in "second acts for the greater good." This organization's purpose is to offer fellowships to retirees that "are high-impact, flexible, time-limited, paid assignments with nonprofits and public agencies, offering the opportunity to establish new personal networks and learn what it's really like to work in a new social-purpose environment," according to its website. offers a comprehensive list of national non-profits and provides a link to each site. It also lists additional job boards, with posts on both paid and volunteer opportunities.

"Hottest jobs"

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are the five "hottest" jobs for retirees:

  • Blogger

Median pay range: The majority of bloggers make less than $100 a month from their sites.

  • Athletic coach | Umpire | Referee

Median pay range: For a coaching position at a school, $3,000 to $5,000 per season is possible. A median annual wage for a coach at an elementary or secondary school is $22,140, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Umpires and referees can make $30 to $50 per game. Independent leagues or private travel teams might pay $50 to $75 per game.

  • Teacher's aide

Median full-time pay: $23,640 per year

  • Tour guide

Hourly pay range: $8.22 to $18.05

  • Convention centers

Pay range: Typically $7.25 to $20 an hour

Job boards for retirees

AARP Inc., formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, has an impressive online job board which consistently updates a wide variety of part-time positions. Included in the mix are home-based jobs and non-profit opportunities.

The American Foreign Service Association has a litany of positions on its job board. The positions are constantly being updated and are not specific to Georgia. But for someone with international experience and the desire to travel, this job board may prove helpful.

The Senior Job Bank offers an option to narrow your search to a specific city, state and ZIP code. And it considers someone to be a "senior" at age 50 and older.

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