Best part-time jobs for college students
These part-time jobs can fit into your busy school and social schedules. See if you’d like to give one of this gigs the old college try.
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 all a part-time job is good for. Multiple studies, as recently reported by CNBC Make It, show that students who hold part-time jobs have better grades. And as new 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 you might also score free meals or sweet employee discounts.
Using salary data from Monster PayRight, we rounded up the best part-time jobs (listed in alphabetical order) to fit a college student’s hectic schedule. Click through the list below to see if you’d want to give one of these jobs the old college try.
What you’d make: $13.79 per hour
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: $12.66 per hour
What you’d make: $12.44 per hour
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: $10.98 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.
What you’d need: 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: $6.60 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: $21.20 per hour
What you’d do: 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: $16.25 per hour
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: $14.29 per hour
What you’d need: A state-issued driver’s license is the minimum, but some states require a special license if you want to provide professional transportation.
What you’d make: $15.07 per hour, plus tips
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.
What you’d need: In addition to a strong foundation in fitness, you typically need to get certified as a fitness trainer.
What you’d make: $18.95 per hour
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: $21.39 per hour
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: $15.10 per hour
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: $14.26 per hour
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: $12.15 per hour, plus tips
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 commission.
What you’d make: $11.54 per hour
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: $15.49 per hour
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: $29.21 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: $16.08 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: $18.05 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 magazines, websites, and other publications.
What you’d make: $24.04 per hour