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6 Great Jobs for Retirees


People return to work after retirement for one of two reasons: They want to or they have to. Those who want to work often miss the challenge of having a job, the sense of purpose, the human interaction or some combination of the three.

Those who have to work miss the paycheck. A recent study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that many Americans will need to stay employed longer -- perhaps even into their seventies or eighties -- to make ends meet in their golden years.

Whatever the reason for returning to work, here are six jobs that are well suited for retirees. Each position offers flexibility -- you'll want the leeway to travel, visit grandkids, volunteer or simply relax -- as well as other retirement-friendly perks. Data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hourly pay ranges reflect the rates in the 25th and 75th percentiles. Ten-year growth projections are based on the BLS's expected change in the number of positions between 2008 and 2018. Take a look at our top picks.

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