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 of 51 in 2006. About 37% of all the workers in these two occupations were aged 55 or older, as were 36% of ministers of religion. 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%). The median ages for these three occupations were two years younger in 2001.
All of the occupations with the highest median age in 2006 were also characterized by a heavy share of older workers in 2001.
Table 5 Occupations with highest median age, 2006