20% of the U.S. workforce will be age 55 or older by 2012, up from 14% in 2002
- An expected 90% of civilian senior executives in the federal government (and 60% overall) will be eligible to retire in the next decade.
- The Education Dept. estimates that there will be a shortfall of 200,000 teachers nationwide by 2014.
- In a recent survey conducted by AARP, 32 of the 50 best employers for workers over 50 were in the health-care industry. 200,000 nursing jobs are projected to be open by 2010.
- From 1980 to 2000 the total number of science and engineering degrees earned grew at an annual rate of 1.4%, far below the 4.2% growth of science and engineering jobs, according to Science & Engineering Indicators 2006, a report from the National Science Board. Additionally, nearly 30% of all science and engineering degree holders currently in the labor force are age 50 or older.
Monster.com, the largest job site, has a database of 52 million résumés and listings for openings at more than 200,000 companies. Eons.com started by the founder of Monster, and a MySpace for baby boomers, has a database of 77 million obituaries. Legacy.com, which partners with hundreds of papers like The New York Times to provide online, family-authored obituaries, claims 4,500 postings a day and 6 million unique visitors a month.