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TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Most encore career job opportunities seem to fall into five categories: education, health care, the environment, government and the nonprofit world. While the job market is still very tight, there are jobs in these fields now, and new research shows that there will be millions of encore job opportunities in these fields in the near future.

Learn more about finding an encore career in education, health care, government,
the environment and the nonprofit sector below:

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HEALTH CARE ENCORES

Get up to speed on what it takes to break into health care.

Get help finding a nurse-training program.

Find out what it takes to be a health care navigator.

Learn about new types of health care jobs for encore workers.

Terry Ramey
The aging boomer
population and nationwide
efforts to improve health care
quality while cutting costs
will likely create lots of job
opportunities in health care.

GOVERNMENT ENCORES

Experienced workers are in demand in local, state and federal government.

Learn more about encore career opportunities in government.

Find out how a nonprofit works to get boomers in government service.

Read about Peace Corps encores.

Bart Kendrick got bored
with retirement and went
to work for the Peace
Corps, then a
government broadband
initiative.

EDUCATION ENCORES

Many experienced workers want to help the next generation succeed. More >

Find out about the growing ranks of encore teachers.

Learn about fast-track certification programs.

Read how Troops to Teachers is transitioning military personnel to classrooms.

Marilyn Johnson, who
graduated from college
at age 43, teaches in
Valdosta, Ga., where she
runs a cultural exchange
program with a school
in Ghana.

GREEN ENCORES

Fueled by federal dollars and new financing plans, the growing green economy is creating many employment opportunities.

Learn about green jobs and how to get one.

Get advice from an expert on landing a green job.

Hear expert predictions about environmental jobs of the future.


Judi Henderson-Townsend
rescues mannequins
destined for landfills and
rents and recycles them.

NONPROFIT ENCORES

Sector switching can be challenging, but opportunities await those who persist.

Learn how to transition from a corporate job to a nonprofit one.

Get tips from career counselors.

Learn about encore
opportunities available
to experienced
nonprofit leaders.

Ann Lopez founded a
nonprofit that helps
farmworker families in
Central California.

TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

SOCIAL WORK: A GREAT ENCORE CAREER

If you’re tired of pushing papers at a desk, social work may be an appealing encore career.

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