Back to Work: Best Jobs for Older Workers to Earn Supplemental Income


There are a number of great companies looking for workers: Senior Helpers has more than 280 locations, many hiring part-timers every week. Among others to pursue: Visiting Angels, Seniors Helping Seniors, and Atria Senior Living., which connects caregivers with those looking for care, says in its network, seniors are more likely to seek eldercare roles than childcare or pet sitting.

Compensation for this type of work is typically in the range of $8 to $12 an hour, depending on location.

Creativity. Be creative in pursuing something you may have always wanted to do or something that will prove fulfilling. For example, AARP says many retirees enjoy off-jobs, ranging from working as a driver for a local limousine company to being a bartender part-time with local catering companies. While very different types of work, both positions offer flexibility and the access to conversations and connections with interesting people.

This may also be the time to start a small business that generates a supplemental income. Boomerpreneurs are a growing category of small business owners.

Get help. There are non-profits and government resources to help retirees with job placement assistance. The AARP Foundation runs a program called WorkSearch -- -- which has an online component and in-person centers throughout the country to help retirees with all aspects of job searching.

And the federal government funds the Senior Community Service Employment Program for very low income people 55 and over who are out of work. Through 18 national non-profit partners -- one of which is the National Council on Aging -- participants are placed in job readiness programs to provide training for everything from clerical roles to teacher's aides to van drivers.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America." Connect with her at or or

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