Average hourly wage: $67.21
Long-term job growth: 16 percent
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It’s probably fitting that this profession has the highest hourly wage of all the jobs on this list because making a business’s money grow is the primary role of a financial manager. Most of these managers work in the financial industry for banks, insurance companies and investment firms. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in a business- or economics-related field, you’ll likely need work experience as an accountant or financial analyst to land one of these jobs, according to the BLS.
General and operations manager
Average hourly wage: $59.07
Long-term job growth: 4 percent
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From restaurants to professional services, many businesses rely on managers to make the decisions that keep the doors open. Most employers prefer applicants who have a business degree, but in many cases, if you have relevant experience and skills, you could get hired.
Health services manager
Average hourly wage: $50.40
Long-term job growth: 28 percent
While doctors and nurses focus on keeping you in top shape, their health services managers are busy making sure their health centers and hospitals operate smoothly. The duties range from ordering new equipment and supplies to coordinating marketing and other outreach. Though health services managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, relevant work experience may be enough for some positions.
Home health care aide
Average hourly wage: $14.51
Long-term job growth: 22 percent
Though home health care jobs can be emotionally and physically demanding, they also can offer a sense of purpose and personal connection. Perhaps that’s why these roles are popular with older workers, with 49 as the average age for all workers in this field, according to the BLS. The hours tend to be part-time and flexible, though once you establish a routine with a client, it’s generally preferred that you keep it consistent.
Average hourly wage: $45.81
Long-term job growth: 10 percent
Also known as management consultant, this role can be a great fit for older workers with the right experience and skills. In addition to using your knowledge and insights to help businesses become more successful, you may have opportunities for frequent travel — expenses covered — to meet with clients. The BLS projects that there will be 92,900 openings for management analysts each year.
Market research specialist
Average hourly wage: $32.80
Long-term job growth: 13 percent
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Every successful business keeps an eye on its competition. That role is filled by market research analysts, who track changes in consumer tastes, new technologies and other factors to help companies make smarter decisions about how to make the most of opportunities. Though market research analysts typically have relied on surveys, in-person focus groups and other reports, some of these workers are starting to get an assist from artificial intelligence technology.
Average hourly wage: $18.40
Long-term job growth: 14 percent
Chances are you may have mistaken a medical assistant for a nurse at some point. These workers, who often are your first contact at a health clinic or hospital, help you fill out your forms, schedule your appointments and, in some cases, might take your vital signs. Unlike nurses, who must earn a degree or license, medical assistants can work with either a certificate or on-the-job training. That makes this job a good first step if you’re thinking about switching to a health care career.
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