Best Part-Time Jobs for College Students
These good jobs for college students can fit into your busy schedule.
Part-time jobs for college students are almost as coveted as college acceptance letters. Besides searching for classes, college students are just as eager to look for jobs. That's because many students need to find jobs to support themselves or pay for their studies.
But cash money isn’t the only thing jobs for college students are good for. Research from the Journal of College Student Retention, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the National Center for Education Statistics all found that students who hold part-time jobs have better grades. And as research from Mount Holyoke College found, students who have better grades—coupled with a handful of internships—are more likely to find a job within six months of graduation.
What’s the Best Job for a College Student?
Trying to fit a job into your schedule can be a lot like playing a game of Tetris. Between classes and clubs, maybe even Greek life obligations, you need a job that works for you, rather than the other way around.
A good college job will offer flexible hours (like nights and weekends when you’re not in class) and maybe even allow for you to get some studying done when the job isn’t too busy.
Oh yeah—perks are always welcome, too. Having a job, you’ll not only be able to make rent, buy books, or have some cash for the bars when Thirsty Thursday rolls around, but the best jobs for college students are often the ones that also score you free meals or sweet employee discounts.
Using salary data from the Monster Salary Tool and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we rounded up the best part-time jobs for students (listed in alphabetical order) that’ll fit your hectic schedule. Click through the list below to see if you’d want to give one of these jobs the old college try.
Jobs for College Students
1. Animal Caretaker
What you’d make: Pet care workers earn $13.67 per hour
2. Babysitter or Nanny
What you’d do: Miss your younger siblings at home? Work with kids! Babysitters work almost exclusively on nights and weekends, taking care of kids while the parents are out; nannies watch children while their parents are at work. You could also get a job in a daycare center, too.
What you’d make: Babysitters earn $14.29 per hour
3. Bank Teller
What you’d make: Bank tellers earn $29,081 per year
What you’d do: As a college student, you pretty much owe any sanity you possess to the godly gift that is coffee, which is probably why college towns are filled with so many Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and other cozy little coffee shops. Perfect for squeezing a shift in before class, a job as a barista would involve taking orders, and brewing and serving coffee drinks.
What you’d make: Baristas earn $11.57 per hour, plus tips
What you’d do: Bartenders work in a very fast-paced environment, taking orders, pouring drinks, and mixing cocktails, sometimes in fishbowl-sized glasses. Just watch how popular you suddenly become once you land this job. Age requirements for serving alcohol vary by state, but you typically have to be 21 or older to be a bartender.
What you’d make: Bartenders earn $11.34 per hour, plus tips
What you’d do: Small and large businesses alike need help keeping all their facts and figures in order. Using spreadsheets and bookkeeping software, bookkeepers record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.
What you’d make: Bookkeepers earn $42,779 per year
7. Brand Ambassador
What you’d do: This is one of the more visible jobs for college students. Ever see people handing out free stuff around campus, or even selling products like Avon or Herbalife at parties, or handing out free Monster Energy drinks around town? Brand ambassadors get paid to promote brands and products, and sometimes, you can even earn commission or other prizes for meeting a sales goal.
What you’d make: Brand ambassadors earn $35,097 per year
What you’d do: Scan and bag and collect a steady paycheck. Cashiers handle money transactions at stores (think grocery stores or the campus bookstore) or at a fast food restaurant, like Taco Bell or Sheetz.
What you’d make: Cashiers earn $11.29 per hour
What you’d do: You probably rely on drivers to get a safe ride home after a night of partying, but you could always try your hand DD-ing and get a job as a driver. You'll need a state-issued driver’s license, but some states require a special license if you want to provide professional transportation.
What you’d make: Drivers earn $13.76 per hour, plus tips
10. Fitness Trainer
What you’d do: Help yourself and others avoid gaining the dreaded “freshman 15” by providing coaching and motivation in the gym with your custom workout routines.In addition to a strong foundation in fitness, you typically need to get certified as a fitness trainer.
What you’d make: Fitness trainers earn $20.38 per hour
11. House Sitter
What you’d do: Take care of the place while the owners are out of town. (That means no parties. None.) You'll have to come with recommendations that boast your responsibility and maturity before the owners fork over the keys.
What you’d make: Your pay will largely depend on where the home is located, the level of upkeep required, and the length of time you'll be caring for the home.
12. IT Support Specialist
What you’d do: Ever start writing a paper just to have your computer crash halfway through? It happens to the best of us, and if computers are your thing, a job as an IT support specialist should be right up your alley.
What you’d make: Computer support specialists earn $21.83 per hour
13. Line Cook
What you’d do: Working in a fast-paced restaurant kitchen, line cooks prepare meals, juggling multiple orders at a time. You also might be able to get a free meal or discounted food when you work a shift.
What you’d make: Cooks earn $12.95 per hour
14. Nursing Assistant
What you’d do: If you’re hoping to land a job in health care after graduation, working in a hospital or senior living center as an undergrad should give you an edge. Nursing assistants typically report to registered nurses, and aide in tasks like cleaning, feeding, and transporting patients.
What you’d make: Nursing assistants earn $15.79 per hour
15. Restaurant Server
What you’d do: A common job for the college crowd, waiters and waitresses do more than take orders and deliver meals—they also learn valuable people skills. You might be able to get a free meal or discounted food when you work a shift.
What you’d make: Servers and bussers earn $11.14 per hour, plus tips
16. Retail Sales Associate
What you’d do: Working in retail, you assist customers with their shopping needs and set up store merchandise. You also might even be able to get employee discounts or earn a commission.
What you’d make: Retail sales associates earn $29,417 per year
17. Security Guard
What you’d do: You could be a bouncer at a bar, checking IDs, or you could keep watch at a bank, museum, sporting event, or after-hours at a business.
What you’d make: Security guards earn $13.74 per hour
18. Social Media Assistant
What you’d do: In this role, you would schedule social media posts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for brands and companies, using tools like Hootsuite and TweetDeck.
What you’d make: Social media assistants earn $28.85 per hour
What you’d do: Plenty of companies and nonprofit organizations—even your school’s alumni association—need people to make phone calls to sell products, conduct surveys, or ask for donations, usually in the evenings when you’re out of class.
What you’d make: Telemarketers earn $15.18 per hour
What you’d do: Did you score high on the SAT? Or are you a math whiz, or excel in another subject? You’ll find plenty of opportunities to tutor students in grade school, high school, and even your college classmates.
What you’d make: Tutors earn $19.72 per hour
What you’d do: Writing jobs can be pay-per-post gigs, so you can write as much as your schedule allows. You could get assignments writing articles about subjects like fashion, sports, health, and fitness for local newspapers, magazines, websites, and other publications.
What you’d make: Writers earn $25.19 per hour
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