How Do Job Skills That Decline With Age Affect White-Collar Workers?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • The ability to work longer can be hampered by skills that decline with age.
  • Declining physical skills – such as diminished strength and flexibility – are easy to spot and often associated with blue-collar jobs.
  • But white-collar jobs may also require abilities that decline with age, including cognitive and fine motor skills.
  • The analysis created an index measuring the reliance on skills that decline with age for over 900 occupations.
  • The results show that while blue-collar jobs are more vulnerable to eroding skills, some white-collar jobs are vulnerable too, which can lead to earlier retirements.