What jobs are good for seniors?

What are some good jobs for seniors? Learn the various jobs older folks can do to keep themselves active and engaged in the community- and earn a little income too!

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Retirement doesn’t have to be the end of your participation in the workforce. Even if you have left your life-long career, there’s plenty you can do to earn some income on the side. In this guide, we explore job options that are a great fit for seniors, with an emphasis on flexibility, satisfaction, and financial stability.

If you are retired, you can leverage your years of knowledge to work as a consultant, freelance writer, virtual assistant, or online tutor. You can also take the same skill set back into the real world as a substitute teacher, tutor, or admin assistant/receptionist. The digital age is packed with online and work-from-home opportunities for seniors.

Part-Time and Flexible Jobs

Part-time and flexible work arrangements are a great choice for seniors. They offer a great balance between leisure time and employment, allowing you to enjoy your retirement life while still adding to your income. You can shelve the 9 to 5 for good and still earn an income and keep yourself active and your skills sharp.


Working in retail, be it as a cashier, sales associate, or greeter, is a common job for seniors. You’ll get plenty of social interaction and they’re typically not very physical jobs. Plus, the hours are usually flexible. Many of these retail businesses deeply appreciate the even temper and life experience seniors bring to the table.

Administration and Receptionist Roles

Seniors with administrative and organizational skills could find a perfect match as receptionists, administrative assistants, or office managers. Don’t believe the stereotypes! Not everyone is looking for youngsters to fill these vital roles. Nor does it have to be an office environment. Medical and educational institutions often need a little help, too. These jobs could be part-time or full-time, so you’re sure to find a good match.

Substitute Teaching and Tutoring

If you used to work in education or have relevant degrees, substitute teaching is an excellent part-time job. You will still get to nurture and grow young minds, without the pressures of a hectic educational career or the stress of handling a classroom full-time. 

The requirements for substitute teaching are different from state to state, but many are very friendly to retirees. Or you could even work one-on-one with students and adults who need to brush up their skills as a tutor for a very rewarding way to give back to the community.

Consultation and Freelancing

You have spent decades building your skills- why not let them work for you? Seniors have a vast wealth of knowledge, and there are a ton of industries that need that insight. If you’re still passionate about the skills you built over your life-long career, a consulting or freelancing role could be perfect for you.


Consultants are very common in industries like IT, finance, marketing, and even in business and general management. Your old workplace may still need your expertise, or you can get a fresh start by offering guidance and support to those who need your skills. Plus, your years of experience are a major selling point!


Freelancing has become a common way to earn an income, allowing you to leverage your skills on piece work (and even part- and full-time jobs) as you choose. From writing and graphics design to voiceover, software design, and general IT, there’s a wealth of freelancing opportunities. If you’re confident with using a computer and have skills to offer, freelancing could be a lucrative and interesting new career for your golden years.

Nurturing Roles

Are you looking to spread some love? Finding a role that’s both fulfilling to you and helps others is a great way to spend your retirement years and make a little money on the side. 

Arts and Crafts

Are you a creative soul? You can leverage your hobbies into a source of income! Handmade goods, artwork, and crafts can be sold at local markets, online platforms like Etsy, or through consignment shops. Or you could look at a role in craft stores like Joanns to help other eager crafters find the perfect goodies for their next project.

Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Turn your love of animals into a lucrative sideline to supplement your retirement income. Plus, you’ll get to meet a ton of new furry friends and provide a valuable service to people in need. These jobs are also flexible and can be as active or relaxed as you prefer.

Remote Work and Online Opportunities

The digital age has opened up many more opportunities beyond consulting and freelancing for seniors to work from home.

Online Tutoring

If you have expertise in a particular subject to share, consider online tutoring. You can share your knowledge and help others succeed academically.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant jobs offer basic administrative support to businesses and working individuals from the comfort of their own home. You will perform tasks like email management, scheduling, and data entry. Of course, you will need great organizational skills!

Online Surveys and Market Research

Online surveys or market research can be a simple way to earn extra income. Companies pay for feedback on products and services, and there are even mystery shopper and test customer roles to fill. While it isn’t the best-paying field, it’s also very simple, and can easily be done in your free time to get a little spare cash in your pocket.

Retirement doesn’t have to be the end of a fun (and sometimes lucrative) career. If you are looking for a little extra income to make your retirement more enjoyable, or want to stay active and keep your skills up to date, consider these jobs- and there’s plenty more out there for you to explore too!