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I am retired and want to work part time. What are some low-stress and fun job options for me?

low-stress jobs after retirement

It is not because you retire that you have to stop working. And when work is an option rather than a requirement, it’s possible to choose a low-stress job that multiplies satisfaction without adding anxiety — yet still provides much-appreciated income. In fact, there are several such low-stress, high-paying jobs that fit the needs of retirees well.

A financial advisor can help you create a plan that gives you the flexibility to make choices when you retire.

Working retired

People can continue to work after retirement for a variety of reasons, including the benefits of generating additional income, the satisfaction of contributing and the incentive to stay involved. If nothing else, work can get them out of the house and fill the hours previously spent on their careers.

However, many jobs are probably more trouble than they’re worth to a typical retiree. If you’re looking for stress-free fulfillment, there’s little point in applying for a position as, say, a law enforcement officer working undercover for a drug smuggling ring. Fortunately, there are many jobs that offer many benefits without much stress.

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Low-stress jobs for retirees

The work you do after retirement can be an extension of your former career or take a diametrically opposite direction. Anyway, here are 12 possibilities:

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Extra lesson

Decades of life experience can admirably equip retirees to work as part-time tutors for students at a variety of educational levels. For example, English as a second language is a subject that many retirees can help students with while maintaining flexible working hours and minimizing supervision and red tape.

Pet care

For people who enjoy getting outside and spending time with animals, walking dogs is a way to get paid for having fun. Sitting, grooming and transporting dogs, as well as cats and other pets can have a similar appeal.

Massage therapist

Many massage therapists see clients in their homes or outbuildings on the property, meaning no commute and little hassle or overhead. If you enjoy helping others through the healing properties of touch, this could be a retirement gig for you.

Personal trainer

A dedicated runner, swimmer, biker or gym rat can get paid for sharing their knowledge and passion for fitness with others pursuing their own fitness goals. Tasks include selecting exercises, structuring workouts, and developing training plans.


low-stress jobs after retirement

low-stress jobs after retirement

If you’ve had a long career in almost any knowledge-based field, you may be able to earn money from that experience when you retire, while also allowing you to pick and choose your clients, work flexible hours, and even earn a nice income , all as an independent consultant for companies.

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Life coach

If helping individuals rather than businesses is more your style, you can position yourself as a life coach who helps people achieve fulfillment by achieving goals in their professional and personal lives.

Travel agent

Many who enjoy traveling find earning fees and commissions as a travel agent a good job after retirement. The work includes recommending destinations, organizing itineraries and booking tickets for transport, accommodation, meals and events.


Bibliophiles can surround themselves with books and get paid for the privilege of working in the library. Many positions are part-time and almost by definition have low noise, bustle and activity.


Museums, historic sites, nature centers, monuments, and other attractions often employ guides to provide visitors with information and assistance as they tour the facility. The positions are great for retirees who want to earn some extra money and interact with different people in a relaxed environment.

Personal shopper

low-stress jobs after retirement

low-stress jobs after retirement

Retirees can shop ’til they drop without spending a dime of their own money — and even earn a few dollars — by working as personal shoppers. This job involves serving people who need help choosing clothes and accessories that match their personal style.

Landscape artist

Cultivating beautiful landscapes is a passion for many retirees. A quiet day working the soil can also be a source of income with a job as a gardener or landscaper.

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Events coordinator

If you have strong organizational skills and are detail-oriented, people who can plan and coordinate weddings, parties, conferences and other events are always in demand.

It boils down

While there are probably as many reasons to continue working after retirement as there are working retirees, it’s a safe bet that few, if any, come to work looking for added stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs for retirees that combine high levels of satisfaction with low stress.

Retirement planning tips

  • Generating enough income in retirement can be challenging without the help of an experienced and qualified financial advisor. Finding a financial advisor doesn’t have to be difficult. SmartAsset’s free tool pairs you with up to three vetted financial advisors serving your area, and you can interview your advisor matches for free to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

  • Whether you are retired and working primarily for non-financial resources or are still working and focused on earning income, SmartAsset’s salary calculator will tell you how much your employer will withhold from your check for federal, state and and local taxes.

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