Temp jobs refer to any kind of job with a short-term contract, most often when someone fills a position for a specified amount of time, either because the permanent employee is out of the office, or in the interim before the hiring manager permanently fills the position. Typical temp jobs include:
Administrative and receptionist positions in businesses such as doctor's offices, law firms, accounting firms and learning institutions
Help desk support or customer service representative
Bookkeeping, junior accounting, and accounts receivable and payable
Physical labor like construction , machine operation, landscaping or deliveries
Temp Job Education Requirements
Some temp jobs do not require specific education, like those in retail establishments, but many hiring managers ask for some experience in temporary workers since the short time of the job contract isn't long enough to administer training. The education and experience requirements for a temp position may not be as strict as for a permanent position if the organization needs someone to step in immediately. For example:
Substitute teachers only need a bachelor's degree in most states
Receptionist positions may only require some previous work experience
Temp Job Market
Some temp jobs are billed as "temp to hire," meaning the organization needs to fill that spot and is considering the temp as a permanent job applicant. These temp jobs are more popular positions among people looking for full-time work, and for whom temping is a temporary solution. Many people access the temp job market via staffing agencies.
Temp Job Salary Information
Temps often receive hourly wages rather than status as salaried employees. Pay ranges from minimum wage to paychecks that add up to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the industry, the job specifications and the amount of experience of the person filling the position.