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Six Boomer Jobs to Ride the Age Wave

What's next for you? How about a job that lets you ride the so-called "Age Wave?"

Careers in working with an aging population have become increasingly popular with those age 50 and older who are looking for a second career.

By 2050, about one in five Americans will be over age 65, up from 13 percent of the U.S. population or about 39 million Americans now, according to Pew Research Projections. And the number of those 85 and older is expected to more than double to about 5 percent.

"This demographic shift is already creating a wave of new fields and opportunities for workers of all ages. It's just a tease of what's to come," writes AARP jobs expert Kerry Hannon in her new book, Great Jobs for Everyone 50 . There has been an explosion in the number of jobs that serve older Americans — from fitness experts to retirement coaches and health care advocates.

But landing these positions may take some maneuvering. "You might need to bolster your resume with new skills, preferably added while continuing to work in your first career," Hannon writes.

In her book, Hannon includes a job description, pay range, and qualifications for positions that benefit from an aging population.

Here are six jobs that could help you ride the age wave.

By Sharon Epperson
Posted 29 Nov. 2012

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