FlexJobs Survey Finds Educated, Experienced Baby Boomers Most Interested in Part-Time Work

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10 Professional-level, higher paying jobs demonstrate variety of work that can be done on a part-time schedule

"Part-time work offers an ideal arrangement for many different people, such as freelancers, parents, caregivers, entrepreneurs, and others, to meet their financial needs while also addressing their other priorities," said Sara Sutton, CEO & Founder of FlexJobs

26.1 million people in the U.S. are currently working part-time, and 82% are doing so for non-economic reasons. According to a recent survey of nearly 1,500 respondents, the profile of the average person interested in part-time work is a woman belonging to the baby boomer generation or older who holds at least a bachelor’s degree and is experienced in her career. 29 percent of respondents also identified as freelancers, 23% are stay-at-home parents, 19% are retired or semi-retired, and 19% are entrepreneurs. 55 percent have children 18-or-under living at home and 20% act as a caregiver of an adult.

To demonstrate that high-paying jobs requiring advanced education, skills and knowledge can be done on a part-time schedule, FlexJobs has identified ten higher-paying, professional-level jobs for experienced candidates to consider.

“Part-time work offers an ideal arrangement for many different people, such as freelancers, parents, caregivers, entrepreneurs, and others, to meet their financial needs while also addressing their other priorities,” said Sara Sutton, CEO & Founder of FlexJobs. “So while some professionals worry that high-level, higher-paying jobs don’t offer part-time schedules, there absolutely are a variety of part-time jobs that are a good fit for experienced professionals at higher career levels, even at the c-suite,” Sutton concluded.

More about professionals interested in part-time work:

  • The top five career categories they're interested in are Administrative, Customer Service, Education & Training, Writing, and Medical & Health.
  • The top reasons they work are to pay for basic necessities (71%), save for retirement (58%), because they enjoy working (57%), they want to travel (52%), and to pay off debt (48%).
  • The top reason they’re interested in part-time work is overwhelmingly work-life balance (77%), followed by family (46%), commute stress (42%), and time savings (41%).
  • The top factors they consider when evaluating a job are work-life balance (73%), work schedule (72%), flexible work options (71%), and salary (67%).
  • 60 percent have left or considered leaving a job because it lacked work flexibility.

Part-time work is sometimes associated with less professional, lower- paying jobs, which is a misconception. Below are 10 professional part-time jobs that each meet the following criteria:

  • The job requires fewer than 40 hours per week.
  • The job is professional-level, requiring advanced experience and education.
  • In a full-time role, the job’s salary would equate to at least $80,000 annually according to data from PayScale.

1. Attorney

  • Median annual salary: $82,000

2. Director of Communications & Marketing

  • Median annual salary: $82,600

3. Director of Finance

  • Median annual salary: $87,400

4. Nurse Practitioner

  • Median annual salary: $92,300

5. Pharmacist

  • Median annual salary: $111,400

6. Physician Assistant

  • Median annual salary: $92,500

7. Senior Developer

  • Median annual salary: $86,300

8. Senior Software Engineer

  • Median annual salary: $110,100

9. Solutions Architect

  • Median annual salary: $115,300

10. Surgeon

  • Median annual salary: $259,820

FlexJobs recently released a list of the top 50 companies hiring for professional part-time jobs, featuring companies such as American Red Cross, Hilton, K12, and Edward Jones. FlexJobs also has identified 18 flexible companies with benefits for part-time employees.

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/high-paying-high-level-jobs-with-part-time-schedules/ or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over 3 million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' founder and CEO Sara Sutton has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility. Sutton is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote, and distributed teams.

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