5 jobs most likely to keep you gainfully employed for a lifetime

5 jobs most likely to keep you gainfully employed for a lifetime

It has been thought for a long time that people who work in white-collar jobs can work longer than their counterparts in blue-collar jobs because the physical demands of white-collar jobs are lower. However, recent research suggests that certain white-collar jobs offer better prospects for longer working lives than others.

According to Amanda Sonnega, an assistant research scientist at the Michigan Retirement Research Center at the University of Michigan, "The divide between blue-collar and white-collar workers does not tell the complete picture."

Jobs with flexible hours or that involve less stress keep people working longer, according to the center's research on the occupational factors that influence retirement age, which was published in October 2015 and based on data from the national longitudinal Health and Retirement Study of 20,000 people over the age of 50, as well as the Occupational Information Network of the United States Department of Labor. Other jobs that keep people working longer include "labor of love" jobs and jobs with low physical demands, says Brooke Helppie McFall, another researcher at the center. According to McFall, "We also see that professions that entail aiding, collaborating with, or performing for others appear to stimulate longer work."

Another research, which was conducted using the same data and released in September 2015 by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, investigated how different talents are affected by aging as well as how long individuals may continue to work in professions that need those skills. The researchers used a "susceptibility index" to rate 900 different occupations and discovered that certain vocations are just more susceptible to the impacts of aging than others.

These five occupations rank at the very top of the index and provide you with the greatest opportunity to continue working well into your golden years.


There's a good reason why the cliché of the wise old college professor persists: The field of education, and particularly teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels, is one that may lead to one of the longest careers possible. According to Geoffrey Sanzenbacher, a research economist at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, this is due to the fact that it places a significant emphasis on cognitive skills, such as oral and written comprehension, that are compatible with advancing age, such as accumulated knowledge.


This category includes jobs that deal with numbers, such as financial analysts, accountants, bookkeepers, and managers of payroll and benefits.

These are jobs that need a lot of analytical ability, which is something that tends to linger with us as we get older. According to Sanzenbacher, "We hang on to the capacity to deal with numbers very effectively." [Citation needed]


The duration of the acting career of Sam Waterston, who played the role of New York City's executive assistant district attorney Jack McCoy on the courtroom drama Law & Order for a total of sixteen seasons, is a reflection of the longevity of the legal profession in general. According to Sanzenbacher, this is the case since being an attorney requires the same kinds of collected knowledge as well as oral and written understanding as being a teacher does.

According to Sonnega, positions in the legal industry that are closely related to one another, such as becoming a judge, paralegal, or legal assistant, also rank among the jobs that need the longest working hours. She argues that it is highly probable for lawyers and judges to continue working beyond the age of 65.


The act of selling encompasses a broad range of businesses and sectors, as well as a diverse selection of consumer and commercial goods and services. But there is one element that all of these careers have in common, according to Sonnega: "They all include dealing with people," which is often correlated with a long and successful career.

Doing social work

This industry remains towards the top of the list of jobs that have the potential to last a long time because many people see their work in this sector as a "labor of love." "Jobs that involve helping, working with, or performing for others appear to encourage longer work," says McFall, noting that the center's research found a similar trend among clergy and other religious workers. "Jobs that involve helping, working with, or performing for others appear to encourage longer work," says McFall.

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