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The 30 best part-time jobs for retirees in 2024

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In the 21st century, the landscape of work and retirement is shifting. We’re living longer and wanting to make more of our retirement years.

Longer lifespans carry increased costs, and your pension pot may not be enough to meet them. As a result, you may consider the benefits of continuing to work in your senior years.

Despite the economic disruptions of COVID, there are plenty of part-time jobs available for seniors—from flexible side hustles to work-from-home opportunities. These jobs let you dial back your work hours while continuing to top up your bank balance.

What we’ll be covering

While writing this article, we’ve researched a wide range of part-time jobs for seniors. Some will get you out into the workplace, others you can comfortably do at home.

This article will help you find the 30 best jobs for seniors and provide some excellent links and resources to help you dig deeper. 

In calculating median pay and evaluating relevant job skills, we’ve drawn on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, ZipRecruiter, and Indeed. com.

Now that we’ve got the introductions out of the way. Let’s get to work! :) 

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Top 30 best part-time jobs for retirees in 2023

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1. Dog Walker & Sitter

Median Pay

$13.81 per hour.

Job Outlook -2020-30

33% (Much faster than average)

Skills Required

With so many households adding a dog during the pandemic, opportunities for dog walkers are plentiful. If you’re a physically fit senior with a genuine love of dogs, this gig could be your ideal ’walk-in-the-park!’ 

You’ll understand dog behavior and pet first-aid, be flexible, patient, compassionate, and willing to work outdoors in all weathers. 

Duties

You’ll be walking and watching dogs around your neighborhood—performing house visiting duties and (possibly) offering grooming, daycare, boarding, or house-sitting services. 

Where to start?

Self-employed or via a verified agency. 

More info.

2. Gig Worker

Potential Earnings

$36,853 per annum (Source: Glassdoor)

Job Outlook -2020-30

Not enough information.

Skills Required

On-demand apps are creating new niches for casual workers. If you’re a motivated self-starter, you can find work in the gig economy.

Work is available for delivery drivers, task helpers, grocery shoppers, writers, designers, handypersons, etc. You complete the task and pocket the profit. 

You’ll need a phone and an account with one of the many apps available.

Duties

Duties will vary according to the task and gig niche. 

Where to start?

Sign up with apps like: 

3. Customer Support Representative (Remote)

Median Pay

$14-20 per hour

Job Outlook -2020-30

-1% (Little to no change)

Skills needed?

If you’re an active listener with technology and notetaking skills, you may enjoy a customer support role. You’ll be quick-thinking, friendly, and able to resolve conflicts.

Duties

You’ll focus on helping customers solve product problems, using the customer support system, creating support tickets, and improving the customer experience.

You’ll create long-term value and (where appropriate) funnel customers back to sales.

Where to start?

Job and freelance boards, company websites, social media, and local advertising.

More info.

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4. Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA)

Median Pay

$19.08 per hour

Job Outlook -2020-30

-7% (Decline)

Skills needed?

If you’re a retired admin assistant, secretary, or PA who’s proactive, efficient, and possesses high-level management skills, why not continue to make money with a less hectic schedule?

You’re already comfortable with business software, and you understand the need for VPAs to shift priorities on the fly—so you come highly recommended!

Duties

You’ll schedule appointments, book travel, manage email, phone calls, social media, and more.

Where to start?

Dedicated VPA agencies and job boards like Upwork or Fivver.

More info.

5. Handyperson

Median Pay

$20.76 per hour.

Job Outlook - 2020-30

8% (As fast as average)

Skills needed?

With a high degree of physical fitness & stamina, you’ll be skilled in various trades. You’ll also handle tasks such as interior and exterior maintenance and repair.

Qualifications or competency in a range of home-improvement skills is required. You’ll need transport and an extensive toolkit. 

Duties

You’ll maintain, repair, install, and remove items in various properties, ranging across multiple trades.

Where to start?

Your local community, friends, contacts, and via local advertising. 

More info

6. Delivery Driver

Median Pay

$17.62 per hour

Job Outlook - 2020-30

12% (Faster than average)

Skills needed?

If you’re an excellent driver with a clean driving license and good physical fitness, this job could be right up your street! You must excel at time management and planning mapping out a route. 

Duties

You’ll be delivering and collecting packages, communicating with dispatchers, tracking deliveries, obtaining signatures, meeting deadlines, and loading and unloading cargo.

Where to start?

Delivery drivers are in high demand post-COVID. Check online job sites to find opportunities.

More info

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7. Umpire/Referee

Median Pay

$35,860 per year

Job Outlook

29% (Much faster than average)

Skills needed?

If you’re in excellent physical shape with a background in sports, working as a coach or an umpire could be a great decision. You’ll stay calm under pressure, make quick decisions, and show competence and confidence.

You’ll have stamina, good eyesight, and the ability to work well with others. You’ll be comfortable working evenings and weekends.

Duties

You’ll officiate games and ensure the sport is played within the rules. You’ll inspect the equipment, uniforms, or facilities and ensure compliance with standards.

Where to start?

Schools, colleges, and universities. Other opportunities exist in gyms, sports clubs, and health facilities.

More info

8. Content Writer

Median Pay

$33.42 per hour

Job Outlook

9% (As fast as average)

Skills needed?

Creative and adaptable, with exceptional writing skills, you’ll employ a mixture of marketing, networking, and technical savvy alongside  HTML, CSS, keyword search, and photo-editing to create a compelling offering.

Opportunities come by offering your writing services to clients and developing your blog.

Duties

Researching, writing, and editing blog post content. Promoting and marketing your business to maximize its effectiveness.

Where to start?

Create a compelling portfolio and pitch your services to clients. Job boards such as Upwork and Fivver provide opportunities.

More info

9. Antiques Reseller

Median Pay

Variable

Job Outlook

Not enough information.

Skills needed?

If you have extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles, you can uncover the rich rewards of reselling antiques!

You’ll need haggling and restoration skills and somewhere to store your stock. With proper knowledge and experience, you’ll soon restore your worse-for-wear bank account to its former glories!

Duties

You’ll hunt for bargains on and offline and build your contacts. Once you find a gem, you’ll ensure it’s renewed to fetch the highest value.

Where to start?

Your profit hunting grounds will be flea markets, estate sales, auctions, and second-hand shops.

More Info

10. Baker

Median Pay

$14.31 per hour

Job Outlook

10% (As fast as average)

Skills needed?

If you have a knack for perfect pastries or the skills to bake delicious goods, this job could be a treat!

As well as baking, decorating, and presentation skills, you’ll have the ability to follow recipes, measure ingredients, and maintain a high level of hygiene.

Duties

Baking bread, pastries, cakes, biscuits, and other goods. Decorating and preparing items for sale as needed,

Where to start?

Enquire at bakeries, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and other food outlets.

More info

11. Proofreader/Editor

Median Pay

$30.46 per hour

Job Outlook

5% (Slower than average)

Skills needed?

With impeccable grammar skills and the ability to write concisely, you’ll possess a keen eye for detail. The ability to revise, proofread, and format text is vital. 

Duties

You’ll write and rewrite for online/offline publications. Your emphasis will be on improving the performance of content writers and ensuring house style is followed.

Where to start?

Specialized job boards, social media, writer’s forums, and freelance job sites.

More info

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12. Entrepreneur

Median Pay

Unlimited

Job Outlook

NA

Skills needed?

Creativity, innovation, and the ability to spot opportunities are ground-level requirements. You’ll need enthusiasm and lots of determination to see your venture succeed.

Duties

You’ll manage the product, marketing, finances, inventory, and customer service. As the head cook and bottle washer, you’ll be manning ALL the stations!

Where to start?

Start with a good idea, market research, and a business plan. 

More info

13. Retail Sales Worker

Median Pay

$14.03 per hour

Job Outlook

Job-1% (Little or no change)

Skills needed?

You’ll provide excellent customer service, handle cash and card transactions, and maintain a high level of hygiene. You’ll also be physically fit as the role may involve some lifting.

Persuasion and negotiating are highly desirable. Resilience and a high degree of patience are vital, as is the ability to learn on your feet.

Duties

You’ll assist customers with purchases, restocking shelves, and maintaining a clean and tidy work environment.

Where to find it?

Supermarkets, independent retailers, job boards, and local retail outlets.

More info

14. Bookkeeper

Median Pay

$21.90 per hour

Jobs Outlook

-3% (Decline)

Skills needed?

If you understand accounting, can maintain accurate records, reconcile accounts, and prepare reports, your winning numbers have come up! 

You’ll need excellent mathematical skills, be highly detail-oriented, and experience with popular accounting software.

Duties

You’ll maintain accurate financial records, prepare financial statements and liaise with accountants.

Where to find it?

Job boards, online listings, and popular freelance sites.

More info

15. Home-Based Market Researcher

Median Pay

$12-15 per hour

Jobs Outlook

4% (Slower than average)

Skills needed?

You’ll possess an excellent telephone manner allied with accurate computer skills, persistence, and a degree of determination. 

Comfortable with lone working, you’ll enjoy talking to various people and seeking their opinions.

Duties

You’ll conduct computer-based surveys, asking people their opinions on various topics and recording their answers. You’ll clarify unclear responses and record reactions.

Where to find it?

Contact market research companies and check job boards.

More info

16. Online Course Creator

Median Pay

$21.11 per hour

Job Outlook

4% (Slower than average)

Skills needed?

If you have a clearly defined skill, bags of patience, and a likable personality you may be able to teach others. You’ll be an excellent communicator, and your technology skills will be top-notch.

Planning and evaluating lessons while encouraging participation will be a key measure of success.

Duties

Teaching students via online platforms. Planning and preparing lessons, setting assignments, and providing feedback.

Where to start?

Start with a good online guide and some tutorials

More info

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17. Crafter/Artist

Median Pay

$24.02 per hour

Job Outlook

14% (Faster than average)

Skills needed?

If you can paint, draw, sculpt, or handcraft, retirement may be your ‘old master’ moment. You’ll specialize in your art/or craft and possess the required business and interpersonal skills to be able to sell any work you create.

Duties

You’ll use various techniques to create original art. Selecting materials, shaping, joining, or cutting them, and selling the work at auctions, shops, craft fairs, galleries, and online.

Where to start?

Start with research. This guide may help.

More info

18. Administration Assistant 

Median Pay

$19.08 per hour

Job Outlook - 2020-30

-7% (Decline)

Skills needed?

If you can work fluently with office software, this role