With so many Americans out of work, it can seem that jobs are nowhere to be found. Fortunately, there are researchers out there who are in the trenches keeping an eye out on employment opportunities that may not be common knowledge among the unemployed.
One such organization is AARP, who regularly publishes studies and reports about the state of the American economy and how our 50-plus workforce can get back to gainful employment through knowledge and creative thinking. A perhaps unintended result of these reports as far as the AARP organization is concerned is that Americans of ALL ages can utilize the intel for their own benefit. This is great news for the 31% of Americans over 50 who are supporting adult children who have been benched in the employment landscape due to the recent recession.
Two current reports by the AARP organization give job seekers food for thought, and perhaps the potential for going back to work.
Their report called “Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Winners,” cosponsored by the Society of Human Resource Management, is an example of a blueprint for constructive job search. Some of the best employer winners are large chains; others are independent entities. There is no emphasis on any one part of the country, so winners are scattered across the nation.
The top ten employers include not surprisingly six healthcare organizations, which is right in line with the statistics that tell us that healthcare jobs are among the fastest growing in the nation. Five of these healthcare companies literally make up the “top five” hiring employers for workers over 50. They include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Scripps Health, Atlantic Health System, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Mercy Health System.
Completing the top ten hiring companies for those over 50 are The YMCA of Greater Rochester, West Virginia University, Bon Secours Virginia, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Wellstar Health System.
Other entities sharing the employment limelight are most notably universities, as education services have exploded with the rush to return to higher education by Americans since the economic downturn.
The report goes on to state that Cornell University, West Virginia University Hospitals, George Mason University, the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Monongalia General Hospital make up employers number eleven through 15.
Another report by AARP reveals the prevalence of jobs for Americans in rebuilding Afghanistan after the longest war in U.S. history there. Engineers are needed for their expertise, and there is an emergence of high-paying contractor jobs. The location may be dangerous, but the paychecks for highly educated Americans are often in six figures. Some jobs in helping women and children are also beginning to flourish, teaching them job skills, educating them, and finding them work.
The job hunting landscape may be daunting still for American workers, but AARP reporting has shown that opportunities are out there. And they’re for everyone.