The 50 Jobs Where People Retire the Earliest

Apr 19, 2017 / Michael Natalie, Horsesmouth Associate Editor

TIME recently published a list of professions where people retire in droves before age 66, the current full retirement age for Social Security.

In many cases, the early retirement phenomenon might be attributed to the physical demands of the job—for instance, sheet-metal workers have the third lowest percentage of employees age 66+. However, many less physically intensive jobs are represented: Financial analysts are listed fourth, and logisticians come in second.

Of all professions, emergency medical technician and paramedic contain the lowest percentage of older Americans. This may not be so surprising, as those are physically demanding, high-stress jobs with an emphasis on response time.


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