When she was forty-six years old my wife decided to sit for the LSAT to see if she had it within her to attend law school and earn her J.D. I had no doubts she would score well, and since she found her then work not challenging – well, why the hell not?!
Isn’t that beautiful? How many people do you know haven’t embarked on a meaningful journey because of their age? Physical health is another matter, but a healthy “boomer” should never shy from pursuing an interest or passion because they think they’ve missed the chance to begin!
And this got me thinking…
What are the average ages of some interesting (to me anyway) careers that could be pursued, if one had the desire?
Here is a list of some occupations and their average ages (U.S. workers) I found from various websites including The U.S. Census; several local labor unions and trade association web pages:
Occupation Average Age (yrs)
Blogger in US 44.6
College football coach ( Div. I) 47.8
Commercial Airline Pilot 51.6
Golf Pro (in Hawaii) 50
High School Teacher 43
Lawyer in the US 49
Real Estate Broker 56
The Rolling Stone band members 61.6
Tug Boat Captain 50
US Congress (both houses) 57.9
Okay…the Rolling Stones have been together for about 45 years so maybe pursuing that particular dream is unattainable. But I do have a good friend who plays in a band locally, and he’s got me by four years!
It took me more years than my wife to realize what I believe: Life’s too short to go to an uninteresting job every day. If you trudge to work when you could be skipping or running — start planning your exit now for an opportunity to employ your talents in a role that excites you! The only person in your way – is you!