Happiest Jobs for Baby Boomers Looking to Change Careers

Are you singing “I can’t get no satisfaction” when it comes to your job? Do you find yourself daydreaming about a career change? Do you feel bored, dissatisfied, or exhausted? Do you have the career burnout blues? Or have you recently lost your job or retired and want to keep working but yearn to change directions?

You’re not alone. Many baby boomers feel the same way. A career change can be scary. Maybe financial worries, a fear of failure, or a less than enthusiastic spouse has prevented you from leaving your comfort zone thus far. But, keep in mind, the biggest rewards come from taking the biggest risks, says life coach Caroline Adams Miller, author of Creating Your Best Life. “Otherwise, you may be filled with regret at the end of your life-and that prospect helps put steel in your spine,” she says.

Studies show that up to 80 percent of baby boomers plan to do some sort of paid work until age 70 to stay mentally sharp, keep engaged socially, and achieve financial security in retirement. That leaves a couple of decades after 50 to work. Perhaps that’s why more and more boomers are contemplating an “encore career” to pursue their passions and create a fulfilling life they can enjoy.

But is it really possible? Certainly!

The American Institute for Economic Research looked at people who changed or tried to change jobs after age 45 and found that 82% of people aged 47 and older who took up new careers in the last two years were successful, with half of them making more money.

“Don’t view your age or your experience as a liability. It’s a benefit to companies to have a multi-generational workforce,” says Oriana Vogel, vice president of global talent acquisition at American Express. “One of our goals… is to hire employees that can provide a variety of different perspectives and experiences.” Age doesn’t come into consideration when it comes down to hiring the best people, she says.

A report from the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement found that “boomers are just as likely or more likely to be engaged in their work than are the younger Generation X or Millennial generations.”

So, yes, it’s possible to find a different career you love after the age of 50. But which job will make you the happiest? To help you decide and perhaps narrow your choices, I did a bit of research on America’s happiest and unhappiest jobs:


Kununu created a “Career Happiness Index,” looking at nearly 200,000 employee reviews from 2016 to name three of the nation’s happiest industries of 2016.

Public administration topped the list, perhaps because government employees enjoy great benefits, hours, vacation policies, job stability, and support from management. In addition, employees felt that they were working for the common good, serving the public, the study noted.

Consulting is a booming industry with a projected growth rate of 18%. Workers found their work challenging and enjoyed working with others.…

UPenn – University of Pennsylvania

UPenn is the shortened version of the more formal University of Pennsylvania full name given to the private college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school that is also commonly referred to simply as Penn is a prestigious school that predates the formation of the United States of America.

UPenn was originally known as the Academy of Philadelphia when the Church of England influenced school first opened its doors in 1740. Being one of the nine oldest institutions of higher learning in North America garners UPN the privilege of being among the select few schools that can claim membership in the group known as the Colonial Colleges. Seven of the nine Colonial Colleges went on to become members of the highly touted academic grouping known as the Ivy League when eight schools officially formed an athletic conference by that name in 1954.

Many schools are named after their founders or significant donors and since a very high profile founder in Benjamin Franklin this was not the case at UPenn which chose to go with a very simplistic and appropriate title. Upenn enthusiasts curious about the etymology of the world Pennsylvania will be interested to know that the word is derived from the name British King Charles II chose for the land he gave William Penn when repaying a debt owed to William's father, Admiral William Penn Sr. The word "Pennsylvania" means Penn's Woods, a name William Penn Jr. was initially uncomfortable with for understandable fear of embarrassment over the allegation that he had named the state after himself. King Charles II refused to change the name and the stubbornness of his 1681 naming decision has drawn centuries with no end in sight.

Being the practical man that he was Benjamin Franklin intended for UPenn to concentrate as much on commerce and business as the arts and theology. While it is now commonplace for highly regarded universities to offer undergraduate programs in specialties like engineering and business this was not always the case. For much of history the purpose of higher education was predominately to educate young ministers on how to best carry on Church intentions. From theological beginning universities evolved to focus on classics such as art and literature. In eras where survival was the top priority for most citizens the privilege of attending college was generally reserved for the very affluent. Members of these elite upper class families were less concerned with their children learning a trade (something often considered unnecessary) but highly interested in their sons becoming gentlemen familiar with Shakespearean verse and Renaissance art. Through his influence at UPenn Ben Franklin played in pivotal role in the direction future institutions of higher learning would take with his practical approach to education.

Today UPenn is one of the largest private universities in America with a student population of well over 30,000. Under graduate students make up two thirds of the total enrollment and participation in an undergrad program that is regularly ranked as one of the top five in …