News Mar 24th 2016

Top 5 Part Time Jobs for Students

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College students are always struggling to make ends meet. The good thing is many employers are willing to take on college students for part time work. It is low-risk and cost-effective for employers, especially with the implementation of healthcare reform.

According to the Bureau of Labor, part time employment started to pick up in 2008 at the height of the recession, and has been going strong ever since.

Back in the day, most college students would scrape by on less than minimum wage plus tips flipping burgers or waiting tables, which took a lot of their energy. Nowadays, there are other options. All they need is a laptop, an Internet connection, and a willingness to apply what they learned and learn new things.

Admittedly, many of the highest paying part time jobs are a little more than the average college student can handle. This includes management analysis ($37.79 an hour) and network and computer systems administrator ($34.88 an hour). Quite a few, however, are perfectly suitable for undergraduates. Here are the 5 best part time jobs for college students.

Part Time Job #1: Computer Programmer

At a median hourly wage of $35.71 with regular employment, computer programming is a very good option for anyone with a good understanding of code. You don't need a degree, or even any formal education if you have a flair for it. Of course, it helps if you have documentation, but programming proficiency does not rely on academic credentials. The best part about it is most employers have no problem if you work remotely, as long as you deliver the goods. Search online for “part time computer programmer jobs” and you will get a ton of results.

Part Time Job #2: Accountant

This is good practice for accountancy students, and pays a good $30.55 an hour. You may be tasked to do bookkeeping and auditing work, and some hotels offer night shift positions. This is a good way to get in some study time and earn all in one place. You do need to be good at math and know your way around a spreadsheet, but that goes with the territory. Try applying with hotels and large accountancy firms.

Part Time Job #3: Market Research Analyst

All businesses have some type of market research needs, but most would be happy to pay part time rates for it. This is not a bad option for any college student with a talent for doing research, gathering data, and running statistical software at $28.99 an hour. You should have good communication skills, though, because you have to conduct interviews. It would also be good if you are good at analyzing and interpreting large amounts of data. There are thousands of openings for part-time analysts, and the demand will only keep growing. It would be a good thing if you major in finance or marketing, though.

Part Time Job #4: Writer/Author

This almost goes without saying. The explosion of content marketing needs has pushed the demand beyond the capacity of professional writers to accommodate. This has led to the demand for part-time writers at a median hourly wage of $26.89, although most part-time writers opt for freelance gigs, which pays per piece, or even per word. This makes perfect sense for college students in any degree program, because academic writing is common ground. Of course, not all college graduates have the necessary flair for it, but those who do can make a very good living from it.

Part Time Job #5: Graphic Designer

College students majoring in fine arts, interior design, and architecture have the necessary foundations for good graphic design, so they can theoretically parlay this into part-time remuneration. It is highly likely that they will have more than a passing acquaintance with image editing software, which makes them a shoe in for most part-time graphic design jobs. At $21.22 an hour, there is no excuse for the starving artist bit. This is also another type of work paid on a per piece basis rather than per hour.

College students today are in a very good place to make money on the side. The job prospects are so good, in fact that many may seek this type of flexible work arrangements after graduation.

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