10 best 'encore' jobs for retirees

Yahoo Finance Canada

You’ve been working 30 or 40 years, and now in retirement you want to find meaningful work that loves you back.

If you’ve worked all these years at a job you hated or felt apathy for, retirement is the time to do something that sets your heart aflutter. And let’s face it, with dwindling or non-existent company pensions these days, it doesn’t hurt to earn a few extra bucks while turning your passion into a rewarding part-time gig.

“Retirement gives you the freedom to do what you love,” says Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada, the country’s largest online job search site. “But it can also be the right time to go after a job you love – one that gives high levels of both happiness and satisfaction – and it likely won’t even feel like a job at all.”

“Encore jobs” are resonating with retirees for a number of reasons. Some work because they need to but many because they want to. According to the Toronto Star, 3.6 million Canadian workers are over 55. That represents 20 per cent of the nation’s workforce. And as life expectancies increase there’s more time to pursue a job you’ve always dreamed of.

“Your passions are a great place to start when considering a new job after retirement,” says Kasten. “Jobs like dog walker, cake decorator or research assistant are popular hobbies or passions that can be quite lucrative and fun.”

Click through to see which job might be perfect for you in your golden years.

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<p>If you love books and love helping people this is the job for you. At an average pay of $21.43 an hour, this is one of the highest paying job on the list. (Getty) </p>
Library Assistant

If you love books and love helping people this is the job for you. At an average pay of $21.43 an hour, this is one of the highest paying job on the list. (Getty)

<p>Want to combine fitness and your love of animals with a part-time income? This job would let you walk your paws off. Average pay comes in at $13.06 per hour. (Getty) </p>
Dog Walker

Want to combine fitness and your love of animals with a part-time income? This job would let you walk your paws off. Average pay comes in at $13.06 per hour. (Getty)

<p>Let your creative and culinary juices flow with this job. Pay on average is $13.21 an hour. (Getty) </p>
Cake Decorator

Let your creative and culinary juices flow with this job. Pay on average is $13.21 an hour. (Getty)

<p>If you love your city, why not share it with visitors? This is a great way to meet folks from all over the world and to explore more of where you live. This pays in the neighbourhood of $16 per hour. (Getty) </p>
Tour Guide

If you love your city, why not share it with visitors? This is a great way to meet folks from all over the world and to explore more of where you live. This pays in the neighbourhood of $16 per hour. (Getty)

<p>Always liked mentoring and guiding people? Then this will likely be a highly rewarding position. At $22.45 an hour, the pay is pretty good, too. (Getty) </p>
Tutor

Always liked mentoring and guiding people? Then this will likely be a highly rewarding position. At $22.45 an hour, the pay is pretty good, too. (Getty)

<p>If lifelong learning is important to you, you might want to consider this job. Maybe you want to continue research in your field or perhaps you’d like to learn something completely new. Average pay is $18.63 an hour. (Getty) </p>
Research Assistant

If lifelong learning is important to you, you might want to consider this job. Maybe you want to continue research in your field or perhaps you’d like to learn something completely new. Average pay is $18.63 an hour. (Getty)

<p>Into Picasso and Matisse? Working in a gallery might be up your alley. Average hourly pay clocks in at nearly $15. (Getty) </p>
Gallery Assistant

Into Picasso and Matisse? Working in a gallery might be up your alley. Average hourly pay clocks in at nearly $15. (Getty)

<p>Turn your hobby into paid work by trying your hand at wedding, event or family photography. This pays an average of about $14 per hour. (Getty) </p>
Photographer

Turn your hobby into paid work by trying your hand at wedding, event or family photography. This pays an average of about $14 per hour. (Getty)

<p>Is your food constantly being craved and admired? Why not try catering in retirement. Solid customer service skills are a must with this line of work. Average hourly pay is $14.51. (Getty) </p>
Caterer

Is your food constantly being craved and admired? Why not try catering in retirement. Solid customer service skills are a must with this line of work. Average hourly pay is $14.51. (Getty)

<p>If flexible work hours and meeting new people are important to you, this may be the ideal job. It also doesn’t hurt if you enjoy sitting behind the wheel of your car. Pays an average of $27.65 hourly. (Getty) </p>
Rideshare Driver

If flexible work hours and meeting new people are important to you, this may be the ideal job. It also doesn’t hurt if you enjoy sitting behind the wheel of your car. Pays an average of $27.65 hourly. (Getty)

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