Want to know what’s wrong with most lists of midlife career change ideas? They SUCK! That’s right; I said it. That is unless you inherited a large sum of money, don’t need to rely on a realistic income or you relish the idea of starting a four-year degree program in your forties or fifties.
Many similar lists describe great, high paying positions requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree or are full of jobs that almost anyone can qualify for, but the pay is lousy. My guess is, you have a pile of bills to pay. I understand. There’s a mortgage, car payment, food, medical insurance, and cell phone plan to contend with every month. Some midlifers are also footing the bill for their kids’ college tuition. Ouch!
So, let’s get real. In order for the majority of midlife career changes to be possible, they have to be long on financial rewards and short on educational requirements. Face it, if you’re reading this post, you’re no spring chicken. Sorry. Yet you still might be looking at over twenty years of full-time employment.
How do you make the most of the time you have left in the workforce and still make a decent wage? By choosing a new profession that pays at least $40,000 annually and won’t take more than two years of additional education to qualify for. That’s a tall order, but not impossible to fill. So, without further delay, here are my 11 midlife career change ideas:
1. Surgical Technologist:
Scrub techs, as they are sometimes called, prep patients and operating rooms for surgery. In addition, they sterilize instruments and supplies and hand them to surgeons during procedures. Obviously, to be a good candidate, the sight of blood shouldn’t make you light-headed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for this position is a surprising $44,330 and the job outlook for the next several years is good. Training programs of one or two years are available at community colleges and vocational schools. Learn more from the Association of Surgical Technologists.
2. Wind Turbine Service Technician:
You weren’t expecting that one, were you? With the expansion of the green energy industry, job openings for this position are on the rise. If you don’t mind working several hundred feet in the air in tight spaces, this could be the career for you. There are even offshore wind turbines to be fixed and maintained if that tickles your fancy. The typical annual salary for technicians is $51,050. An associate’s degree from a tech school or community college is required. Most companies will offer and require additional on-the-job training. For further information, go to WindTurbineTechnicians.net.
The fastest growing job in America is the wind turbine technician, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. pic.twitter.com/0xQSmcCPhw
— Electric Nation (@Electrc_Nation) November 25, 2016