Second Career and Job Search for People over 40

July 15, 2013

Changing Careers, Degree, Job Hunt

career and job searchIt is never too late to make a career change – even if you are over 40. You may have to attack your career and job search a bit differently at this age as you have different issues to deal with at this stage in your career. Whatever your reason for wanting to change your career, here are some good choices for a second shot.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators work with teachers and other school employers to implement new teaching techniques and lesson plans. People in this position oversee the curriculum and teaching standards of the various schools. This position is expected to grow 20% with over 27,000 new jobs over the decade of 2010-2020. The median pay for this position is $58,830.

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers work to prevent muscle and bone injuries as well as diagnose and treat these issues. They can work at any level in a variety of settings. The job outlook for this position is expected to grow 30% with 5,500 new jobs by 2020. The median pay is $41,600.

Clinical and School Psychologists

Psychology is a growth industry right now. Psychologists can work in private practice but they can also work with schools to help with the behavior of the students and teacher. With 37,700 additional jobs, this position is expected to grow by 22%. Psychologists’ salary can have a wide range but the median amount is $68,640 per year.


Interpreters convert text and video from one language to another. If you are fluent in another language including sign language, this might be a good position for you. With globalization, this career is booming with job growth of 42% and 24,600 new jobs. The median salary for this position is $43,300.

Technical Writers

If you are a good writer, you may find opportunity as a technical writer. Technical writers write technical manuals and supporting documents to help people use them. These writers can work in a number of industries wherever there is significant technical information. The job outlook is 17% growth which is as fast as other industries; the industry is expected to add 8,500 positions. The median salary is $63,280 but can go higher depending on workload and hourly rate.

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