If having a job is part of your retirement plan, you’re not alone. More than one-third of workers between the ages of 50 and 64 say they plan to continue working after their official retirement date, according to a 2015 survey by AARP. Meanwhile, the number of people age 65-plus who are still working has climbed steadily, from about 5 million in 2006 to 9 million in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, 40% of people over age 55 are working in some capacity, a Merrill Lynch study on work in retirement found. That’s the highest level since the 1960s.
Some older Americans are refusing to leave their desks because they truly love their work. But many seek out retirement jobs because they need the extra cash. Paltry savings, pension cuts, and high health care costs can all conspire to keep people in the workforce longer than they may have initially planned. Nearly 80% of workers who planned to put off retirement planned to do so for financial reasons, a 2014 Career Builder survey found. But money isn’t the only motivator for the post-retirement job searcher. Retirees may also keep working because they want to keep busy, learn new skills, maintain social and business connections, start a new business, pursue a particular passion, or give back in some way.
“For many, work is an enriching experience that may not end at the age of 65 or even 70. Whether it’s continuing to do what they love, pursuing a long-desired interest or simply seeking to remain socially engaged, there’s a revolution brewing,” Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Age Wave, said in a statement. “People have come to realize that retirement doesn’t necessarily represent the end of an active life, but rather the beginning of new and exciting chapters.”
If you’re ready to get out of the rat race but not quite prepared to give up working entirely, there are many options available. These six part-time retirement jobs give retirees the flexibility they want while also keeping their finances healthy.