Workers 55 years and older

Farmers, real estate agents and bus drivers were among occupations with the oldest workers

  • Similar to 2001, farmers had the highest median age of all occupations in the country in 2006; the median age for this group was 52 in 2006, up from 51 five years earlier. About 84,000 farmers and farm managers were aged 55 or older in 2006, 42% of the total in the occupation.

  • Real estate agents and property administrators had the next-highest median age, 51 years, in 2006. About 36% of real estate agents, property administrators and ministers of religion were aged 55 or older. The median age among ministers was 50 years.

  • Other occupations with a high proportion in this age group were bus drivers and other transit operators (34%); senior managers in health, education, social and community services (30%); and senior government managers (26%).

Chart E.16
Share of workers 55 years and older, 2006

Chart E.16 Share of workers 55 years and older, 2006

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2006.

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