Professional Staffing Group
Gig Harbor, WA
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Benedictine Health System
PF Miami Developers LLC
Overnight Jobs Overview
Working the overnight shift may sound exhausting to some people, but they are necessary to keep society functioning. The world doesn't stop when daytime workers go to sleep—many essential industries need overnight workers to keep operations moving. Without overnight workers, production would stop, patients wouldn't be cared for, and neighborhoods wouldn't be kept safe. As a result, there are tons of overnight jobs across industries available to a range of job seekers, including in high-need residential facilities, construction, manufacturing, warehousing, and emergency services.
There are also many advantages to working the night shift: It's a great way to earn money while you attend school or earn a supplemental income. And of course, some night owls just prefer the overnight shift. Other advantages of working include:
- Less traffic during your commute.
- You might get paid more when working the third shift.
- You can work while going to school.
- There is less competition when looking for a job.
- There are fewer meetings to attend.
Monster has tons of entry-level nighttime jobs that only require a high school diploma or the equivalent. These include:
- hotel jobs
- airport jobs
- morgue attendant jobs
- cleaning jobs
- restaurant jobs
- security jobs
- assembler jobs
- bakery jobs
- warehouse jobs
- manufacturing jobs
- package handler jobs
Healthcare jobs are especially critical for public safety during the nighttime hours. The most common overnight healthcare jobs include:
- nursing jobs
- RN jobs
- medical jobs
- OB-GYN jobs
- nursing home jobs
- certified medical assistant jobs
- nursing assistant jobs
Overnight Job Education and Skills
There's no specific education or training you need to work an overnight shift—it depends on the type of job you're applying for. But having a good sleep set-up or schedule, the ability to concentrate, and a professional demeanor is important across roles.
If you want to know more about the requirements for the job you're applying for, see our job descriptions for these common overnight positions:
- Night auditor
- Public health nurse
- Police officer
- Warehouse worker
- Security officer
- Certified nursing assistant
- Home health aide
Update Your Overnight Job Resume
Before you start applying for overnight jobs, make sure your resume is up to snuff. Monster's resume examples and writing tips and tricks can help you highlight the skills and qualities employers want. Depending on the job you're applying for, you may need to introduce yourself to a potential employer with a cover letter. If you've never written one before, no problem. You can simply use the practical steps laid out in our sample cover letters and cover letter tips.
Interviewing for an Overnight Job
A potential overnight employer will want to know if you're the right person for the job before they hire you. You'll have an opportunity to discuss your experience and job credentials during an interview. You can prepare yourself ahead of time by reading our full list of frequently asked interview questions. Monster can also help you come up with strong answers to common questions such as:
- What kind of professional background or experience do you have?
- How do you overcome challenges in the workplace?
- Why do you want to work for us?
How Much Do Overnight Jobs Pay?
The average salary for overnight jobs depends on the job type, the location, and your level of experience. If you want to know more about how much you can earn, try using Monster's salary calculator. When you search, you'll find the median salary for that position along with a list of high-demand job locations, salaries for related jobs, and next steps to take in your career path.
Want to Learn More About a Company You're Interested In?
Before you hit that apply button, you may want to know a little more about the company you might be working for. Search Monster's company profiles to find important details about a company. Here, you'll find a company's location, its number of employees, and other must-know information. Some of our listings even show photos and videos that help you get a feel for the company's culture.
Ready to Work the Overnight Shift? Sign Up With Monster to Begin Your Search
If you're ready to begin your job search, be sure to sign up with Monster for free. When you join us, you can set up a profile on our site and get free, personalized job notifications. We'll also provide you with expert advice on how to advance your career.