Many Americans who have seen their retirement accounts significantly decline this year will need to seek work during the traditional retirement years. It will be challenging, but not impossible for older workers to find jobs right now. It helps if you know where to look.
U.S. News recently consulted with RetirementJobs.com to come up with a list of the 10 best cities for retirement-age job seekers to find work. But those cities aren’t the only ones that have job opportunities in relatively recession-resistant industries that also tend to welcome older workers such as healthcare, higher education, government, and service-industry jobs.
Here are 10 more cities with job opportunities for older workers.
Albany, N.Y. Government jobs are plentiful in the New York State capital, which also has seven colleges and a reasonable cost of living if you can brave the long winters.
Austin, Texas Employment levels actually increased by 1.6 percent in the Austin area (including Round Rock) over the past year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, partially fueled by job mainstays like the University of Texas, state capital government jobs, three hospitals, and a thriving music scene, all within a short drive of the scenic Texas hill country.
Boulder, Colo. The University of Colorado at Boulder and several federal research facilities make this town a hub for scientific jobs as well as a paradise for skiers and hikers.
Columbia, Md. Located between employment powerhouse Washington DC and Baltimore, Columbia, Md. also plays host to large tech companies like Arbitron and Merkle, the latter of which relocated its corporate headquarters, and 900 jobs, to Columbia last year.
Dover, N. H. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and Liberty Mutual are the top employers in this town that is an hour’s drive from both Boston and Portland.
Fayetteville, Ark. Along the foothills of the Ozarks is a college town featuring the University of Arkansas, where seniors over 65 may take free university classes, a free bus service for residents, and retail giant Wal-Mart is in nearby Bentonville.
Iowa City, Iowa Seniors can get excellent health care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, or join the ranks of the over 7,600 people employed there.
Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska state government and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are prominent employers in this state capital city.
Madison, Wis. Recession resistant jobs like higher education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, health care, and government are already mainstays in this winter paradise that will delight cross country skiers and hockey fans.
Naperville, Ill. Major employers in this Chicago suburb include corporate food giants ConAgra and Kraft, Tellabs, and Lucent Technologies.