15 Part-Time Jobs for Retirees (No Degree Required!)

When they need extra income, many retirees often look for a part-time job. But even for those positions, college-degree requirements sometimes can be an obstacle that prevents older workers from getting hired.

According to one recent ZipRecruiter survey, nearly half of all hiring managers (53 percent) insisted that job candidates have a degree or other credential to be hired. That’s a hurdle that fewer older adults can clear because only 19.7 percent of people age 55 and older have a bachelor’s degree, according to the United States Census Bureau.

But with unemployment remaining persistently low, some employers are starting to do away with degree requirements and instead are focusing more on actual skills when they hire. The ZipRecruiter survey found that small- and medium-size businesses are leading that trend, suggesting those may be good places for retirees to start their search for part-time work.

The following jobs, listed alphabetically, are positions that tend to offer part-time work without requiring a degree. Average wage data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), except where noted. Clicking on the “Find jobs” link will take you to current postings on the AARP Job Board.

Administrative assistant

While there are many full-time opportunities in this field, some businesses — especially those that have switched to hybrid work schedules — are seeking administrative assistants who want to work part-time a couple of days per week.

If you’d rather not go into the office, there also are part-time opportunities for virtual assistants. The job duties are largely the same, but you get to work from home. There also are gig work opportunities for virtual assistants, which means you can work only when you want.

To learn about other part-time jobs for retirees that don’t require a degree, from AARP, CLICK HERE.