Whether you are getting a head start on your student loan repayments or you just need a regular paycheck to pad your budget, finding a job while in school is necessary for some. However, it isn’t as easy as it looks; college students may have unstable hourly demands. But with a good résumé in hand and a positive attitude, landing one of these best paying hourly jobs can be big for both your wallet and your work experience.
1. Daycare Assistant
For many states, there are restrictions on who can work in a licensed daycare. Luckily, for those studying to be teachers or those who have credit hours in early childhood development, your college experience and coursework allows you to work in most daycare centers. Daycares are in high demand during the summer months, making it a perfect time to boost your teaching résumé and find a high paying temporary job in a field you enjoy.
2. Camp Counselor
Just like a daycare assistant, camp counselors with children experience are in high demand. Most of these positions open up in early to mid-Spring so be on the lookout for opportunities, even if they require travel. The camp counselor position will pay you handsomely in addition to covering your room, board, and possibly even your excursion costs. Not bad for a summer’s worth of work!
A freelancer is not exactly an hourly job in terms of a solid, weekly paycheck. But for those with the passion and drive to be their own boss, a freelance gig can pay off big. The trick is deciding what skill you have that sells. It may be in writing, designing, or even freelance translating. Many small businesses love hiring college students to tackle their bigger projects such as marketing a new product or updating websites.
4. IT Specialist/Consultant
Small businesses are also perfect places to build your on-the-job experience. For those studying computer science, data analysis, informational technology, etc., there are plenty of high paying, low stress opportunities with businesses and companies needing an extra boost in the IT department. Paid internships in this field are even easier to come by and can pay off huge in getting credit for a good day’s paycheck.
5. Restaurant Server
There is a reason why so many college students like to work in restaurants. It’s a flexible job with hours that can work around a hectic class schedule. But more importantly, most servers work on tips which can mean a larger, immediate take home pay off — perfect for cash strapped students or those saving up for vacations or a tuition payment.
6. Testing Tutor
You may remember the pain and anxiety you suffered when taking your SAT or ACT exams. However, you survived to tell your tale and can now put your first hand knowledge to work as a testing tutor for high school students. Parents and testing companies pay out huge to college students who prove their merit by either attending Ivy League quality schools or those who have scored high on their exams. Tutoring in specific subject areas is also a great way to make a bit of money.
What hourly jobs did you take while in college? Was it worth the payoff and the experience? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!