*Discloser: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning, I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through one of my links, at no cost to you.

best jobs for midlife career change

So, you’re probably in your 30ies or even in your 40ies and you realized that you hate your job?

Maybe it’s not just your job, but you just don’t see any way to continue in your current career.

But wait, what else could you do? Are there even good jobs for midlife career change?

If you’ve been thinking any of these or similar things, then you’re absolutely in the right place! In this article, I’ll share the 10 best jobs for midlife career change. These jobs are perfect because they don’t require you to go back to college and spend years and a ton of money on another degree.

Not only that, at least one of these jobs will most likely allow you to combine your passion or interest with earning money. Pretty awesome, huh?

So, let’s get started!

1. Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructor is definitely a job of the future. With ever increasing demand and the flexibility to even teach online, this is an awesome job to combine your passion with a perfect work-life balance.

The great thing about being a Yoga instructor is that you can easily start it on the side. You need to finish a 200 hour training that you can do in the evenings, on the weekends or even en bloc during a 1-month get away in India. After that, you can start by simply giving a few lessons here and there to slowly build up your reputation and spread the word about your awesome classes.

While it can be difficult to fill your first few classes, you’ve definitely got the opportunity to scale up, once you’ve got the ball rolling. You can employ other instructors or you can even record classes for people to do it at their own pace.

Income: Yoga teachers make around $60k/year. And that is only from teaching. If you build up your own practice you can also start selling your own digital products, like e-books or courses. Or you could get brand deals or host workshops. The sky is the limit, really.

Qualifications: Legally, you don’t need to get any training to become a Yoga instructor. Most studios will require the 200h training to be hired, though.

With the ever increasing demand for yoga lessons, yoga teacher is definitely a job of the future
With the ever increasing demand for yoga lessons, yoga teacher is definitely a job of the future

2. Personal Trainer

The next job is another one in high demand. As people care more about their health, they naturally need more guidance on their gym journey.

If you’re passionate about working out and helping others to get fit, being a personal trainer might be the ideal new career for you.

Again, it’s something you can easily start on the side.

In order to get started you usually need to go through a self-paced program that takes about 80 to 100 hours over the course of 3 to 4 months.

After that you can start by just working a few hours per week at your local gym. Or you can start your own business and start taking on your first few clients.

Similar as with the Yoga instructor, you can scale this career up pretty well. You might not make much in the beginning. But if you build up your own business you can later employ other trainers to take on more clients. Plus, you can also create your own digital courses or give workshops etc.

Income: As an independent personal trainer you’ll make around $62’000/year. You can even get to as high as $72’000 as a private personal trainer. This essentially means that you have your own business. And as I’ve mentioned for the Yoga instructor, this business is definitely scalable.

Qualifications: this isn’t a regulated field, so you can technically become a personal trainer without a certification. Since you could seriously harm someone with the wrong kind of advice, it’s a definitely a good idea to get a certificate, though.

best jobs for midlife career change
As a personal trainer you get to combine your passion for working out with and helping people get fit

3. Wedding Planner

Now, the next one is something for all the creatives among you. Do you love decorating and organizing? And maybe you already helped a friend organize her wedding. Then being a wedding planner might be the right career choice for you.

As a wedding planner you’ll probably be self-employed or start your own business. This again makes it an excellent choice to start on the side.

Instead of getting a diploma, it’s probably much more efficient to buy a course of someone who has successfully built their own wedding planner business. Complete the course while you’re still working at your full-time job. And then get your first few clients on the side before quitting your day job.

Income: the average income for a wedding planner is about $44’000. Top performers make up to $120’000. Your income will depend on a lot of factors though. Since it’s a client-based business, you’ll earn a certain amount per wedding. So, depending on what kind of couples you’re catering to, your income could be much higher than the average. Other factors, like location, have to be taken into account as well.

Qualifications: none, although you could go to Wedding Planner school or attend an online course.

Wedding planners help make the most important day of our lives perfect
Wedding planners help make the most important day of our lives perfect

4. Life Coach

Next up is becoming a life coach.

This is one of the best options for a midlife career change, in my opinion.

We all coach others from time to time. Don’t believe me?

Well, if your friend asks you for some kind of advice, you’re basically coaching! If you’re able to help your friends and family with certain things, then you can also help strangers.

Now, becoming a life coach is certainly more suitable for people who like personal contact with people. Depending on what you’re specializing in, you’ll get a lot of very deep insights into a person’s life. That can be emotionally and mentally very taxing and exhausting.

If you love helping people and are a good and patient listener, you might just be perfect for life coaching, though.

Again, this is a perfect choice to start as a side hustle. If you organize your time the right way, you might even be able to make a full-time income while still working at your day job.

Income: The average income for a life coach is about $70’000. However, I know coaches who make much, much, much more! It all depends on how you set up your business. Technically, you could also be employed as a life coach. But there aren’t many businesses who are hiring life coaches. Normally, you start your own business. Now, the real money lies in online courses. Because this allows you to divide your time for many clients at once. This way you’d literally be able to make multiple 6 figures or even 7 figures a year.

Qualifications: Again, this is an unregulated industry. Some coaches recommend to get a coaching certificate. However, I rather recommend getting a course that teaches you how to build a coaching business.

We all have some kind of coaching gene in us, which is why life coach is the perfect job for a midlife career change
We all have some kind of coaching gene in us, which is why life coach is the perfect job for a midlife career change

5. Social Media Manager

Social media manager is probably the best freelancing job to get started with. You don’t need a whole lot of technical skills. And the skills you do need you can easily pick up on the side of your full-time job.

As a social media manager you’re responsible for the whole social media presence of a brand. You could either be employed by that one company or you can start your own agency and manage lots of clients’ accounts. If you manage to amass a number of followers on any social media channel and you truly enjoy planning content and engaging with the community, this might be the perfect career for you!

Income: Social media managers earn an average of $48’600 to $63’300. This income is scalable, if you have your own agency. This will allow you to employ other managers and take on more clients.

Qualifications: You don’t need any specific training or certificate. The best way to get started is probably to just go where potential clients are (like Facebook group, Google, Youtube etc.) and start looking what you could offer them.

Social media manager is a dream job for people who could spend all their life on social media
Social media manager is a dream job for people who could spend all their life on social media

6. Online Teacher

As an online teacher, you could teach pretty much anything. Which is why it’s such a great option to start a second career in.

You can literally take any skill you have and offer trainings on Skillshare, Udemy or another platform.

Here’s a step by step guide how you can become an online teacher.

Income: now, as an online teacher you could get a very wide range of income. If you’re teaching for a third party platform, your income might be rather on the low end. Without any previous experience, you’d probably start around $25’000/year. If you have a bachelor’s degree, that can easily double. But the real money lies in creating your own platform and creating self-study courses. This way, making 6 figures is totally realistic.

Qualifications: most schools will require you to have a Bachelor’s degree or another English certificate, like the TEFL in order to teach English. If you want to teach any other skill on of the platforms mentioned above, you don’t need any certification.

As an online teacher you can teach English or any other skill from the comfort of your home
As an online teacher you can teach English or any other skill from the comfort of your home

7. Web Developer

If you’re more interested in the technical side of things and aren’t afraid to learn some basic coding, web developer might be the perfect job for you.

Web developers normally build the layout of a website and might even write some content for the main pages, like homepage, about page etc.

The great thing about this job is that demand is increasing by the day. Even the smallest company or start up needs a website. And companies often hire developers to help them create and maintain the website exactly as they want it.

This kind of work is mostly project-based, as you’ll be working on one website until it’s finished and then move on to the next one.

Even if you’re employed by only one company, you’ll often be location independent and will likely have flexible hours.

Income: Web developers are pretty well paid. The average income is around $75’000.

Qualifications: You don’t need any specific education to become a web developer. You can self-teach all the skills you need and then start looking for your first clients. The best way to get started is probably to get in a coding boot camp and then start freelancing to build up your portfolio.

best jobs for midlife career change
Web developers build website layouts and are in high demand

8. Writer

If writing is your passion, you’ll have many options to make money with it. Maybe you won’t write your first best-seller right off the bat. But there are many other options to make a viable income. Some of these are: ghost writing for blogs, copywriter, monetize your own blog, writing an e-book etc.

Income: it’s hard to say what a writer makes on average, since there are so many categories and it depends on so many factors.

If you start as a freelancer, making $20/hour, working 40hours a week, you’ll start at about $30’000. Other options, especially copywriting will pay much better, because you need more skills and the projects are bigger. And monetizing your blog can bring in millions if you make it big enough. Just look at Makingsenseofcents.

Qualifications: You don’t need any specific qualifications to start working as a writer. Although, it probably makes sense to be fluent in English and have relatively solid grammar.

You'll have many options to make money as a writer, such as ghostwriting, copywriting or writing your own blog
You’ll have many options to make money as a writer, such as ghostwriting, copywriting or writing your own blog

9. Business Consultant

Business consultant is the perfect job to start a new career with. The good thing is that you can take your knowledge from your previous career and get clients of your own. Or you can get started at one of the big consulting firms.

Although it can be stressful, especially if you work for one of the big four, it’s definitely a very exciting and varied kind of work.

Income: The average income for a business consultant is about $70’000.

Qualifications: You often need a Bachelor’s degree or higher to become a business consultant. This makes sense, as your clients bring you on board for your specific knowledge about the industry. So, this is ideal if you are really proficient in your field but are fed up with your current boring 9-5.

If you plan on starting your own business, you don’t need any formal education. Instead, you probably need to get a few good testimonials to get started with.

As a business consultant you get to take your expertise and help your own clients
As a business consultant you get to take your expertise and help your own clients

10. Realtor

Real estate agents almost always start with a different career. So, you’ll be in good company if you choose to become a realtor.

As a real estate agent, you basically complete a real estate transaction behind the scenes. You’ll be the person connecting sellers with interested buyers and are responsible for a smooth sale.

Income: A realtor makes about $86’000. Although top real estate agents can easily make well over six figures.

Qualifications: In order to become a real estate agent, you need to get your real estate license. Other than that, there aren’t any requirements.

Realtors often start in a different career and then make their change a little later in life
Realtors often start in a different career and then make their change a little later in life

Conclusion

So, these are the 10 best jobs for a midlife career change. Which one sounds best to you? Or do you have another perfect career change job? Let me know in the comments.

If you’re now thinking to yourself: “I just have no idea what I actually want.” Then don’t despair!

It’s actually really common to be unsure about what you want in life if you’re right in front of a career change. Change is always pretty daunting and exhausting. You’re not alone with this!

That’s why I’ve created the paint-your-dream-life challenge where you get to know what you want in life within 5 days. Don’t waste another second feeling lost. Get started with the challenge!

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, here are a few related articles: