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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately hit older American workers, both in terms of their health impacts and their ability to budget and save for retirement.

Workers 65 and older have had some of the highest unemployment rates recently. An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation with data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (BLS) from April 2020 shows that the unemployment rate is highest among employees in the youngest age cohort (16 to 24 years) at 27.4% and among employees in the The second highest age group was the oldest age cohort (65 years and older) – with 15.6%.

The BLS has not yet released data on how senior employment in certain occupations has changed during COVID-19. So we looked at the most popular jobs for seniors. We ranked occupations based on the percentage of employees aged 65 and over in 2019.

The data for this report comes from the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics population survey. We have filtered out any occupation with “others” or “others” in the title due to a lack of professional specificity.

The most popular jobs for seniors in 2019 followed.

1. Models, demonstrators and product promoters

Senior woman working on laptop and phone from homeBranislav Nenin / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 21,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 62,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 34%

2. Crossing guards

Traffic policeLightFieldStudios / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 13,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 52,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 25%

3. Tailors, dressmakers and sewers (tie)

seamstressUfaBizPhoto / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 21,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 86,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 24%

3. Tax advisor (tie)

AccountantDragon Images / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 23,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 97,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 24%

5. Clergy

Catholic clergymanStudio Specialty / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 86,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 413,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 21%

6. Musicians, singers and related workers

A bearded senior in a hat sings and plays piano musicDGLimages / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 41,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 202,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 20%

7. Bus driver

bus driverLightField Studios / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 104,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 546,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 19%

8. Psychologists

Senior man working from homepixelheadphoto digitalskillet / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 41,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 234,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 18%

9. Managers of real estate, real estate and community associations

A senior businessman shows his thumbs upStock-Asso / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 134,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 780,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 17%

10. Lawyers (tie)

Woman with widow's veil talking to lawyerAerial photos / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 188,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,240,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 15%

10. Real estate agents and sales representatives (tie)

Real estate agentSean Locke Photography / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 161,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,095,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 15%

10. Librarians (tie)

Senior student studyingJacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 26,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 179,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 15%

13. Dentists (tie)

dentistDenisProduction.com / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 23,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 162,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 14%

13.Artists and related workers (tie)

Smart seniorAshTproductions / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 34,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 248,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 14%

13. Managing Director (tie)

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Seniors employed in 2019: 219,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,602,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 14%

16. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs (tie)

taxi driverAfrica Studio / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 102,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 790,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 13%

16.Writers and authors (tie)

writerElena Frund / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 29,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 225,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 13%

16.Accountants, bookkeepers and auditors (tie)

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Seniors employed in 2019: 129,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,015,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 13%

19. Post secondary teachers (tie)

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Seniors employed in 2019: 172,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,386,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 12%

19. Doctors and surgeons (tie)

Cosmetic surgeon and patientMonkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Seniors employed in 2019: 127,000

Total number of employees in 2019: 1,098,000

Seniors as a percentage of all employees: 12%

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