It's never too late to change careers or look for new job opportunities. While many careers require a certain level of education and licensing requirements, many schools and colleges across the country offer online accredited degree programs in various fields. Individuals over the age of 40 can pursue these opportunities while still fulfilling other professional and personal responsibilities. The best careers for individuals over the age of 40 are going to be ones that have an expected increase in employment opportunities over the next few years.
Personal Financial Advisor
A personal financial adviser assesses the financial portfolio of clients and helps them make decisions regarding investments and their short- and long-term financial goals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this position is expected to grow 30 per cent through 2018, and is one of the fastest growing careers in the country. In order to become a personal financial adviser, you need to have at least a bachelor's degree in business and pass the Series 7 and Series 66 licensing exams. More.com writes that individuals over 40 may like to have a career in this field, because 30 per cent of advisers are self-employed and most professionals earn an average of £29,900-$119,000 per year.
Education administrators manage the day-to-day operations of a school, and help direct and implement the educational programs for students. The BLS reports that many education administrators at the elementary and secondary level are expected to retire in upcoming years, which makes this a strong career choice for those over 40. More.com reports that the yearly salary is between £44,200-$103,000, and job titles may include principal, assistant principal, superintendent and dean of students. This position requires a master's degree, and many teachers who are looking for a career change may apply for these positions.
Technical writers simplify language for readers and help them understand how to operate devices, understand terms and follow directions. Those over the age of 40 may want to pursue a career in this field because it offers the opportunity to be self-employed or work remotely from home. This may provide you with the opportunity to travel or spend more time with your family. The BLS projects that jobs are going to grow 18 per cent through 2018 and 8,900 jobs will be created. US News and World Report writes that the median salary for technical writers is about £39,650 per year. Most employers prefer that applicants have bachelor's degree and either writing experience or a strong understanding in a specific technical field.