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U.S. Engineers, Judges Get Younger as Teachers and Farmers Age

April 11, 2022, 6:54 PM

The pandemic has shaken up the age profile of workers in some key areas of the U.S. economy.

The median age of the country’s aerospace engineers, journalists and judges has dropped sharply since 2019, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the typical high school teacher is significantly older now, and farming is another profession increasingly dominated by older Americans.

The changes reflect a reshuffling of the U.S. workforce since Covid-19 arrived. Many older employees opted for early retirement, while in some industries -- like education -- acute labor shortages led to changes in hiring ...