The Best Second Career Options For Those Over 50

By on February 12, 2022
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Are you seeking a new career path? Many people decide to pursue a second career after the age of 50 whether this is because they fancy a change or something to keep them busy after they retire. No matter the reason for the career change, there are lots of good career options that are worth considering for women that are over the age of 50. So, if you are thinking of a career change, then read on for a few suggestions that will hopefully give you a few ideas and encourage you to take the first steps towards a rewarding new career.


Once you reach 50+, it is likely that you will have built up a fair amount of experience and expertise in your chosen field. This is why many people move into a consultancy role later in their career, as it allows you to become your own boss and share your expertise with those that need it. You will be in control of your own work, you will already have the skills required to find success straight away, and you may even be able to work entirely from home.

Freelance Writer

Many people decide to become a freelance writer later in their careers and this is for good reason. These days, content is heavily in demand, and this means that if you have an area of expertise and strong writing skills, then there is good money to be made. You could write within the industry that you work in, find freelance work for content marketing agencies or even start your own blog and monetize it. 

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Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a role that is popular with women over 50. The work can be interesting and rewarding, there is the potential to earn good money, and it can be inexpensive and relatively easy to gain a license and start work. Helping people to find new homes can be interesting, rewarding, and fun, and it could provide you with a healthy work-life balance.


Nursing is another profession that is popular as a second career choice. Working in healthcare is incredibly noble and rewarding work that can provide a great sense of job satisfaction. You can earn an RN license in around two years, and there is the chance to progress your career quickly if you wish. Additionally, if you only need to work part-time, then you can benefit from a good work-life balance.

Personal Trainer

Staying in good shape is hugely important as you start to get older, so becoming a personal trainer is a great option for anyone that has a passion for health and fitness. You can get the necessary credentials before long, and it is then rewarding work helping people to achieve their fitness goals. Plus, it should make it easier for you to improve or maintain your own fitness levels.


If you have expertise in a particular area, you will find becoming a tutor to be rewarding work. This could be teaching school subjects to children that need a tutor, or you could even teach adults a skill, such as a new language or how to play a musical instrument. You can become a tutor and work remotely, and you should find it enjoyable to pass on your expertise and help others to learn important skills. 

Law Enforcement

Many people pursue a second career in law enforcement after the age of 50 as a way to protect their community, stay active and enjoy a career that can be interesting and rewarding. You can complete a criminology degree to set you on the path to a career in law enforcement or public safety, and you do not have to have any prior experience in law enforcement to start the course. There are many different areas of law enforcement and justice that you could work in with this qualification and many people find it to be a second career that gives them a real sense of purpose. 

Mail Carrier

Another popular career with people 50+ is a mail carrier. Delivering mail to people allows you to be out and about each day, active and meeting new people. It is also a role that is relatively easy to get started with and can be enjoyable work. In a time when online shopping is so popular, there is always mail work available and the potential to earn decent money if you are willing to put the work in. Additionally, the early starts and early finishes can provide a nice work-life balance that many people enjoy. 

Driving Instructor

If you are someone that is good behind the wheel, enjoys teaching others, and is patient, then you might find becoming a driving instructor to be the perfect second career. Teaching people how to drive proves great job satisfaction because you are changing people’s lives and helping them to find a new sense of freedom and independence. Every student is different, and the work can be enjoyable (although stressful at times!) as you see students blossom into confident drivers. 

Pet Sitter/Dog Walker

These days, many people have pets but struggle to look after them all the time. This is why pet sitters and dog walkers have become heavily in demand since people have started to return to work, so if you love animals and are good with pets, then this could be a brilliant second career for you. You could make good money with this type of work.

These are just a few ideas for second careers that are worth considering. Many people find that once they reach 50 they want to make a change in their career, which often is a move that is less financially driven and more towards a job that will give them greater job satisfaction and less stress. So, if you are thinking about making a change in your career or you are retired and seeking a new challenge, consider the above careers that could improve your life in many ways.

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The Best Second Career Options For Those Over 50