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June 28, 2020
You have heard it before: “Work in Retirement!”
If you want to be financially secure, working after retirement age or working as long as possible before retirement is a good idea.
Think about it, if you retire at age 65 (or before), you might be spending 30 years not working. Thirty years is a long time and requires significant savings or a very low monthly spend.
Beyond the financial benefits, work after retirement keeps you vital by improving your mental and physical well being.
However, it is probably no surprise that it is easier to work in some jobs than others.
Researchers at the RAND Center for the Study of Aging studied the impact of various careers on the timing of retirement. Their findings were published in the paper, The Effects of Job Characteristics on Retirement.
According to the study, the jobs where people retire the earliest include:
The researchers did not determine exactly why people in these careers retire early, but hypotheses include:
Why are these desirable jobs?
White-collar jobs, especially creative or labor-of-love jobs like architects, lawyers and the clergy, as well as jobs that are not physically demanding commonly are the jobs where people work well into their 70s. Research also showed occupations like taxi drivers and chauffeurs, guards and watchmen were held by people working past age 66.
These jobs also provide flexible hours, which many older workers find appealing and opportunities for social engagement, which appears to be especially important for well-being at older ages.
Growing in popularity is the trend of quitting your long-held job and finding a new and different retirement job.
If you like the job you have before retirement, you might not retire. But, maybe you don’t like your job or you want more flexibility but you still want the financial and emotional benefits of work.
More and more seniors are finding work that they enjoy as second careers, either part-time or full-time. Sometimes, these jobs pay less than previous employment, sometimes more.
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