Are You "Over The Hill" In Your Job?

The oldest and youngest jobs for Americans. Plus, a calculator to tell you if you're one of the oldest workers in your career.
By Kathy Morris & Chris Kolmar

Are You "Over The Hill" In Your Job?

Feeling old at work? Maybe a bit over the hill?

Sure, maybe you were once the new kid at work, but those years have passed.

Colleagues used to praise you for your fresh, new ideas and your energy. Now they use words like "experience" and "wisdom." You can't help but think they're all a euphemism for ancient. Maybe those black "over the hill" balloons weren't a joke, but the truth.

Enter your age in this handy calculator and we'll tell you if you're over the average age in your job, or if you still have years to go before everyone at work is calling you “sir" or “ma'am."

Keep scrolling to see the jobs where the oldest workers flock, and where the youngest workers are clocking in.

How We Determined When You're Over The Hill For Your Job

We used Census' PUMs data to find the average worker age in over 500 jobs.

The older the average age, the “higher the hill" and the longer workers have in the field before they're one the oldest workers on the job. Similarly, the younger the average age, the sooner workers may “age out" of their job.

Below we broke-down the jobs with the oldest workers and the youngest workers. Keep reading to see the jobs with the steepest (and most shallow) hills.

Jobs With The Oldest Workers

1. Tool And Die Makers

Average Age: 49.7

2. Postal Service Clerks

Average Age: 49.5

3. Chief Executives And Legislators

Average Age: 48.9

4. Bus Drivers (Transit And Intercity)

Average Age: 48.8

5. School Bus Drivers

Average Age: 48.7

6. Medical Transcriptionists

Average Age: 48.3

7. Tailors, Dressmakers, And Sewers

Average Age: 48.1

8. Property Appraisers and Assessors

Average Age: 47.9

9. Facilities Managers

Average Age: 47.9

10. Construction And Building Inspectors

Average Age: 47.7

Some of these jobs, such as CEO, are unsurprisingly made up of older workers. After all, you typically have to work up to the top of the food chain.

As these workers near retirement age, it may create opportunities for younger workers looking to enter the field to fill the gap.

Jobs With The Youngest Workers

1. Military Enlisted Tactical Operations And Air/Weapons Specialists And Crew Members

Average Age: 31.2

2. Dancers And Choreographers

Average Age: 32.2

3. Military, Rank Not Specified

Average Age: 34.4

4. Military Officer Special And Tactical Operations Leaders

Average Age: 35.1

5. Bartenders

Average Age: 36.0

6. Military Supervisors

Average Age: 36.0

7. Judicial Law Clerks

Average Age: 36.4

8. Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Average Age: 36.8

9. Waiters And Waitresses

Average Age: 37.2

10. Web Developers

Average Age: 37.6

Four of the youngest positions are military jobs. Considering the military caps enlistment at 35 and many military enlisted soldiers are far younger, that isn't too surprising. Additionally, military retirement benefits start after 20 years of active duty service.

Bartenders and waiters are two other “young" jobs. Both positions often serve as entry-level positions and accept inexperienced workers. Of course, as anyone who has worked in the field can tell you, both jobs will also have you on your feet all day.

While older workers can (and are!) in these fields, workers in these fields veer to the young side.

Age Is Just A Number

In today's market, many older employees feel their age is a weakness and worry they are “over the hill." However, while some companies can be short-sighted, others appreciate the expertise and qualities older workers bring to the table.

However, a job's average age can be a useful tool for workers. It can tell them about the work environment, career longevity, and other relevant information to help workers find the right career for them.

Past Research & Data

About Zippia

We realized that quite often, people don't know much about their career options, and how to change or advance their career. While we tried our best to mentor them, it was frustrating to know that there were still millions of people out there who we couldn't help.

And then we noticed something else: The internet can answer almost any of our questions today – how to build a house, how to buy a car, or how to find love. But even though choosing a career is one of the most important decisions of our life, there is very little reliable guidance available online.

This is why we decided to build a platform that gives everybody the tools to find the career that is right for them.