3 best jobs for a midlife career change

Age shouldn’t be a determining factor when deciding which industry you would like to start fresh in. Some roles lend themselves more easily to a midlife career change than others. These roles generally benefit from improved industry knowledge, patience or critical thinking. While some jobs may require a bit of study to qualify but we’ll omit those that require degrees or years of learning.

Real estate

Few industries are as welcoming to midlife career change as real estate. Becoming a realtor is an increasingly interesting option to many who have an entrepreneurial ‘spark.’ Success in real estate comes from recognizing that you are, in effect, you own small business. Success in real estate doesn’t come easy however, realtors put in long hours and need to roll with the hits; not every meeting ends in a sale and new realtors may find their first few years discouraging. Getting your realtor qualification is a quick and easy process. From there on out, your job satisfaction (and income) will only improve as you sharpen your soft skills and translate your years of work experience into real estate strengths.

Patient care technician  

Patient care technicians work alongside doctors and nurses to give support to those undergoing a health crisis. Medical technicians need to be patient, empathetic and understanding. While medical technicians won’t undertake any delicate medical procedures, you’ll still be required to take blood samples and assist with lab-work. To become a qualified medical care technician, you’ll need to take a government-approved education program. these usually include several months of classroom training, following by a 180-hour internship. Becoming a patient care technician can be the perfect career path for those who want to do meaningful work in the medical field but don’t have a background in medicine.


Teaching is a great way to turn your industry knowledge into a new profession. There are a lot of ways you’re career experience can translate into an interesting and productive teaching career: You could become a traditional junior-school teacher (middle-school and above require postsecondary degrees) or, you could become a driving instructor, supply teacher, private tutor, offer courses at adult education colleges, or even teach trade skills like wood-working. For every skill you have, there’s likely someone who would benefit from training you could provide.