Returning to work after a long absence can be a challenge for later middle-age job seekers.  Family needs, relocation or longer term unemployment can result in longer term absence from the workforce. The employment options (beyond lower paid retail, food service, customer service) can be discouraging and fail to take advantage of the job seekers’ skills and experience.

The U.S. Department of Labor cites the high job growth in healthcare and meeting the growing needs of the elderly.  Senior population growth is fueled by longer life expectancy and all those baby boomers moving into the next decades.  Not all jobs require advanced degrees and licensing.  One example of a newly created job, the “Senior Concierge” was just described in the New York Times.

Adults find themselves taking on more responsibilities for aging parents, a daunting task especially when parents are not close by.  These adults are often overwhelmed (“sandwiched”) by their own work & family demands.   This generation, however, is accustomed to employing  trusted, knowledgeable individuals for help.  The “Senior Concierge” offers different levels of  assistance and advocacy for elderly clients.  This is just one employment option for those returning to the workforce, one that uses more skills and can be a rewarding service role.Takeaway for lawyers, other experts and career changers: The job market is always in flux.  Traditional jobs recede, but new ones take their place. Test your assumptions and learn about changes in the job market by talking to a vocational/employability expert about your case.