Every student decides if these and other reasons for taking a job are good enough to sacrifice the little free time you will have after studies. If you think that it’s at least worth trying, let’s try to find out what best jobs for college students are there. Before you start evaluating every point of the list below to find something that meets your expectations, keep in mind that these might be not the best part time jobs you have dreamed about. But most of them will include the mentioned benefits.
  1. Social Media Assistant

    Pay: $14-20 an hour
    Skills required: knowledge of different social media platforms, ability to use social media tools, basic understanding of content marketing
    Description: If you can’t imagine your life without Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. you might as well get paid for your passion. As an assistant, you might be asked to create content for daily posts, generate new ideas for a digital strategy, etc.
  2. Online Editor

    Pay: $30-40 an hour
    Skills required: excellent grammar, advanced language skills, ability to work with style guides
    Description: The demand for unique and engaging content is rising every day. For this content to be polished and easy to read, one needs an editor. If you are good at writing and can take a couple of hours a day to correct the mistakes others did, this job is for you.
  3. Writer

    Pay: $42-50 an hour
    Skills required: outstanding writing skills, awareness of grammar rules, analytical skills
    Description: Why spend your time editing someone else’s texts if you can become an author? Working as a writer you will get assignments to create articles on specific topics. You can specify the areas of knowledge you are willing to explore.
  4. Salesperson in a boutique

    Pay: $9-15 an hour
    Skills required: strong communication skills, friendliness
    Description: If there are some nice store near your college, don’t miss a chance to get a job there. You have to be ready to have small talks with customers and learn the assortment of that store.
  5. Assistant in a Book Shop

    Pay: $7-15 an hour
    Skills required: extensive reading
    Description: You might be surprised but paper books are still popular. If you consider yourself to be a bookworm and enjoy reading, look for a job opportunity in a book shop. The great advantage of this position is the possibility to read books for free.
  6. Online Researcher

    Pay: $25-35 an hour
    Skills required: attention to details, ability to analyze a big scope of information, ability to find relevant information on a given topic, expertise in certain business areas
    Description: This job is a great chance to turn the knowledge you get in college into a regular income. The main requirement here is to have impressive analytical skills. Your tasks will include finding the information on a specific topic and give a profound explanation or an answer to a question.
  7. Night Auditor

    Pay: $22-28 an hour
    Skills required: math and accounting skills, computer literacy, attention to details
    Description: If your day schedule is too busy, working at night might be an option. That is if you do not have to get up early in the morning, of course. This position will include handling bookkeeping operations and assisting with the inquiries from guests at a hotel.
  8. Grant Assistant

    Pay: $23-33 an hour
    Skills required: previous experience in grant paperwork reviews
    Description: You will have to deal with the grant accompanying documentation, review it, prepare and submit funding requests. The job might not be as exciting as other options but it will be a perfect fit if you want to do monotonous work without any surprises.
  9. Photographer’s Assistant

    Pay: $12-15 an hour
    Skills required: eye for capturing interesting moments, knowledge on the art of photography
    Description: If you have outgrown the Instagram and need more space for your creative photos, consider a possibility of working as a photographer. You can also look for a professional who needs in assistant and start from there.
  10. Guest Service Assistant

    Pay: $15-19 an hour
    Skills required: strong communication skills, readiness to handle a wide range of requests
    Description: If you are good at interacting with people and are willing to assist them in solving all sorts of problems, this job will fit you. Your tasks will include providing clerical support and resolving upcoming issues.
  11. Front Desk Receptionist in a Gym/Yoga Studio

    Pay: $8-13 an hour
    Skills required: no special skills required
    Description: This job does not require any prior preparations. You will be greeting clients and answer their questions. As a bonus, you might be offered to get some free fitness lessons.
  12. Tutor

    Pay: $12-20 an hour
    Skills required: expertise in one or more areas of knowledge
    Description: If you get straight As and understand the concepts others have difficulties with, why not become a tutor? You will help people and earn money for that. You can have after school classes with children or become a tutor for one of your peers.
  13. Lifeguard

    Pay: $8-12 an hour
    Skills required: additional training and certification
    Description: To become a lifeguard and be able to promote the safe way of swimming in a pool, you will need to get trained and receive a certificate. You will work in a friendly environment surrounded by the people of your own age which can be fun.
  14. Host/Server/Cook at a Restaurant

    Pay: $8-12 an hour
    Skills required: strong interpersonal skills, additional training
    Description: This job is a perfect opportunity to find out how everything functions in a restaurant in case you have some plans regarding this kind of business. Keep in mind that these are tough positions and you will have to be on your feet all day long.
  15. Barista

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: additional training
    Description: Working in a bar or cafe near the campus will give you an opportunity to meet new people. Note that this position implies having very early or very late shifts.
  16. Catering Assistant

    Pay: $10-16 an hour
    Skills required: previous experience in food service might be wanted
    Description: This is the perfect option for those students who look for a flexible working schedule and an escape from the daily routine. You will visit various locations and meet different people.
  17. Cashier

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: additional training
    Description: Depending on where you choose to work, the shifts will vary. To get a job, you need to have a clear plan of when you can work without harming your studying process.
  18. Marketing/Human Resources Intern

    Pay: $0-8 an hour
    Skills required: relevant major
    Description: This is an option for those who are ready to sacrifice salaries to improve their resume and make useful connections. Being an intern will give you the chance to explore what your future job can look like.
  19. Bank Teller

    Pay: $9-13 an hour
    Skills required: attentiveness
    Description: It’s the perfect start for pursuing a career in a bank in the future. You will be responsible for daily transactions. After your graduation, this will give you an additional advantage over other candidates because you will know the specifics of this position.
  20. Office Assistant

    Pay: $10-12 an hour
    Skills required: high sense of responsibility, attentiveness
    Description: Make your resume look good by adding this job to it. The position will let you dive in the office routine and gain a clear understanding of how things work there.
  21. Freelance Graphic Designer

    Pay: $11-16 an hour
    Skills required: proficiency in Adobe Photoshop/Adobe Illustrator/Sketch
    Description: Stop wasting your talent by photoshopping your friends just for fun. If you are an active user of the graphic design tools and have good taste, try becoming a freelance designer.
  22. Tour Guide

    Pay: $9-12 an hour
    Skills required: strong communication skills, no fear of public speaking
    Description: You know a lot about your university campus? Or maybe you are fond of the history of the city you live in? Try working as a tour guide and get paid for your interesting stories. In some cases, you will have an hourly rate, and in others, you will have to count only on the tips from the groups of tourists.
  23. Cafeteria Worker

    Pay: $8-12 an hour
    Skills required: no special skills required
    Description: There are two benefits of working in a cafeteria in your college – good salary and free meals. The disadvantage is that this position being not the most glamorous job. But it is still a good way to make the money you need and gives the chance to have a flexible schedule.
  24. Artisan

    Pay: Not specified
    Skills required: creativity, craftsmanship
    Description: If you can create some extraordinary things with your hands, try selling them. You do not lose anything by doing so. Let your passion bring you not only joy but profit as well.
  25. Looking after dogs and cats

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: like being around dogs and cats
    Description: Some of the students rush home after their classes not to watch the next episode of a popular TV show on Netflix, but to pet their cats and dogs. If you can’t imagine your life without these adorable creatures, become a dog walker or take care of cats when their guardians are away.
  26. Veterinary Assistant

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: not being afraid of animals, basic knowledge in biology
    Description: One more option for those who care a lot about animals. If there is a veterinary clinic in the neighborhood, ask if there are any job opportunities. The working schedule can be flexible.
  27. Tax Preparer

    Pay: $8-13 an hour
    Skills required: strong calculation skills, attentiveness
    Description: If counting is not an exhausting and boring process for you, this part-time job will match your needs. The hourly rate is relatively high and will look good on your resume. You can work for individuals or small companies.
  28. Babysitter

    Pay: $10-13 an hour
    Skills required: high sense of responsibility
    Description: If you want to get some useful skills for the future and prepare yourself for taking care of your children, look for the babysitter job opportunities. Flexible schedule and a decent salary are another two good reasons to go for it.
  29. Fitness Instructor

    Pay: $15-21 an hour
    Skills required: good physical shape, expertise in physical exercises
    Description: For those who can’t imagine their lives without going to a gym or jogging, the job of a fitness instructor will be the right choice. You will exercise as you normally would and get paid for it.
  30. Teaching Assistant

    Pay: Not specified
    Skills required: high GPA score
    Description: Assist your professors during seminars and preparation process. If you are a top student and do not consider classes to be that hard, this is a nice opportunity to use your knowledge effectively and earn some money.
  31. Academic Department Assistant

    Pay: Not specified
    Skills required: no special skills required
    Description: There are often available job opportunities at your college department. Ask if you can get a job there and you will not have to hurry to work after classes because it will be right next to you.
  32. Tech Support

    Pay: Not specified
    Skills required: technical major (in progress), computer savvy
    Description: No one can imagine a university without computers and digital devices nowadays. Monitor the job opportunities in a computer center. There is no reason for your computer skills to stay unnoticed.
  33. Study Participant

    Pay: $10-12 an hour
    Skills required: specified for each kind of study
    Description: If you do not want to become a researcher, you can try getting a job of a study participant. There are hundreds of scientific articles about new discoveries written every month. Become a part of the next discovery and earn some extra cash.
  34. Dean’s Office Assistant

    Pay: $10-11 an hour
    Skills required: on of Microsoft Office, good organizational skills
    Description: If you do not plan to work for more than 8 hours per week, you can consider the option of becoming your dean’s assistant. You will be entrusted with the clerical duties mostly.
  35. Music Instructor

    Pay: $18-25 an hour
    Skills required: ability to play musical instruments
    Description: You’ve spent a lot of time learning to play a guitar/piano/violin. Why not share your knowledge with others? You will be able to do what you like and get paid for it.
  36. Event Assistant

    Pay: $8-9 an hour
    Skills required: ability to interact and communicate well with children, parents and staff members
    Description: Love parties? Become a part of an exciting event and help others enjoy parties as much as you do. It is the perfect job for those who have great organizational skills and have nothing against loud music.
  37. Wedding Videographer

    Pay: $100-200 an hour
    Skills required: experience in film for videography
    Description: If you know the right way to hold a video camera or maybe even can add special effects, working as a wedding videographer is the best option for you. The salary is more than attractive and you can decide when to work.
  38. Landscape Maintenance Assistant at a Golf Club

    Pay: $10-12 an hour
    Skills required: responsibility, punctuality
    Description: Having a golf club nearby can mean only one thing for a student – great job opportunity. If you do not see yourself taking care of landscape, ask if there are any other indoor options.
  39. Parking Attendant

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: responsibility, ability to resolve guest service issues
    Description: Your main responsibility will be to provide a positive first impression on the arriving guests. Obey the traffic laws and be polite to receive a fair pay. The schedule is flexible with 3-4 working days a week.
  40. Care Provider

    Pay: $10-15 an hour
    Skills required: additional training required
    Description: This kind of position will be interesting for those who plan to pursue a career in health care. You will be taking care of an individual with physical complications.
  41. Freelance Translator

    Pay: not specified
    Skills required: fluency in 2 or more languages, excellent grammar
    Description: If you’ve been brought up in a bilingual family or you’ve started learning a foreign language early in the childhood, it’s a great reason to become a translator. There are job openings for online translators that do not require much of experience.
  42. Bilingual Customer Service Rep

    Pay: $15-17 an hour
    Skills required: fluency in a foreign language
    Description: This one more choice for those speaking several languages. Your responsibility will be communication with foreign clients in their native language and solving their problems. It is a nice opportunity to improve your language skills and earn some extra cash.
  43. Instagram Marketing Specialist

    Pay: not specified
    Skills required: impressive number of followers
    Description: Start earning money by collaborating with the major brands and sponsoring their goods and services. Once you have enough followers of your account to attract the attention of big companies, you’ve reached the goal.
  44. Virtual Assistant

    Pay: $10-16 an hour
    Skills required: computer literacy, additional skills specified by an employee
    Description: Use the opportunity the era of digital technology gives you. Work online as a virtual assistant and make useful connections that can help you land a dream job in the future.
  45. Greeting Cards Writer

    Pay: $50-300 for 1 poem
    Skills required: ability to write good original poems
    Description: Have you ever read a poem in a greeting card and thought: “Well, I could definitely write something better than this”? If you have, then this may be the job you want. You can write poems to be published in greeting cards worldwide and earn up to $300 per poem. Not bad, huh?
  46. Apps Developer

    Pay: not specified
    Skills required: programming skills, original idea for an app
    Description: If you find something the humanity lacks and know how to develop an app, this is your chance to earn some money. Even if you are not good at coding, find someone who is and split the profit with them. The only thing that matters is a good non-trivial idea.
  47. DJ

    Pay: $20-30 an hour
    Skills required: ability to mix music, create original music
    Description: Your passion for music can bring you income if you decide to become a DJ. You can work either on a radio or at clubs. The schedule is flexible, so you can work without putting your studies in jeopardy.
  48. House Cleaner

    Pay: $8-10 an hour
    Skills required: neatness, good time-management skills
    Description: The job is far from being glamorous but it is an effective way of earning money as there are always people who are willing to pay for this kind of service. Note that you will have to do everything properly to keep the job.
  49. Pool Cleaner

    Pay: $11-13 an hour
    Skills required: physical strength
    Description: This is a tough job and requires spending a lot of efforts. But if there is an opportunity to help someone with their pool cleaning and you have free time, why not try it?
  50. Dance Instructor

    Pay: $15-20 an hour
    Skills required: experience in professional dancing
    Description: If you’ve spent your childhood attending dancing classes but decided not to pursue the career of a professional dancer, you can teach others. Give personal lessons and earn money doing something you really enjoy.
  51. Makeup Artist

    Pay: $10-17 an hour
    Skills required: professional usage of makeup accessories, awareness of the latest beauty trends
    Description: If you can use an eyeliner effectively and know what color of a lipstick will be trendy next season, try to work as a makeup artist. You will need to buy professional cosmetics to make the right first impression and find the loyal clients.
  52. Voice-Over Talent

    Pay: $20-30 an hour
    Skills required: extraordinary voice, good enunciation
    Description: To get this job you don’t have to be the happy owner of an extraordinary voice. Many companies are in search of talented people who know how to use their voices effectively.
  53. Laboratory Assistant

    Pay: $9-10 an hour
    Skills required: responsibility, strong organizational skills, ability to work independently
    Description: the position will take 8-10 hours a week and your main responsibilities will include reagent preparation, autoclaving, and organizing supplies.
  54. Mail Order/Shipping Clerk

    Pay: $9-10 an hour
    Skills required: attention to details, good communication skills
    Description: Picking and packing mail orders sounds fun, doesn’t it? It’s a nice part-time job opportunity that will not take a lot of your energy. Besides, you will get to meet different people and communicate with them.
  55. Ice Cream Scooper

    Pay: $7-9 an hour
    Skills required: no special skills required
    Description: A fair salary, tips, and free ice cream. What can be better than this? This job offers flexible schedule and lots of fun. If you are not on a diet, of course.