Analyzes American Community Survey data to determine the 10 occupations with the highest percentage of workers ages 55 and older, then provides occupational data about these positions, such as education levels, salaries, and schedule information, for both older workers specifically and the occupation as a whole.

“This publication presents the third in a five-part series of papers [called] Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce” (p.2). The goal of the series is to examine the needs and skills of older workers given that demographic information shows “the U.S. will be seeing more mature workers actively engaged in the labor market, whether out of financial need or out of continued ability and preference” (p.2). In this resource, published in 2012, the authors “offer a process for examining the various skills and knowledge needed for specific occupations of interest to mature workers. This approach could inform postsecondary institutions, employment advisors, and other professionals guiding the future labor market choices of the mature workforce” (p.3).


“This [paper] explores how existing occupational data can be used to provide information to mature workers about their possible occupational pathways, as one tool to be used in their decision-making and planning process. [The authors] show how this can be done by using, as examples, 10 occupations with the largest share of mature workers [nationwide in 2010]. [The authors] then develop profiles of these occupations using…information from both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. A similar analysis can be carried out to

create profiles for other occupations, in order to help mature workers make better decisions about their own future human capital investment decisions around career choice, job search, and education and training investment activities” (p.5).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Occupational Profiles for the Mature Worker: Finding and Using Detailed Information about Occupations with the Largest Share of Mature Workers