The 25 Best Jobs for College Students

The 25 Best Jobs for College Students

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1. Nanny

Nanny jobs are popular with college students because they offer plenty of flexibility. Depending on the age of the children, some nannies only need to work afternoons, while others looking after babies are lucky enough to work on their term papers during nap times.  As an added bonus, some families are willing to exchange room and board for childcare 

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services, which can be a huge plus for students attending school in high-rent cities.

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2. Call Center Representative

Many college students are able to build a cushion by putting on a headset and working at a call center.  Because it’s the mission of many companies to get their customers to answer the phone, most require employees to have free evening and weekend availability, a schedule to which most college students can easily commit. Though this 

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job could fit well for any student who speaks clearly and is not afraid to make a sales pitch, companies often seek out candidates who are bilingual or possess previous sales experience.

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3. Virtual Assistant

The 21st-century answer to the personal assistant is the virtual assistant, an admin-savvy associate who helps busy professionals with daily tasks, scheduling, appointment setting, IT, research, and more.  This is a fitting job for any college student who is organized, a whiz on the computer, and, preferably, possesses previous 

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administrative experience. To sweeten the deal, all work can be performed remotely and, in some cases, at any time of the day.

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4. On-Demand Staffing Jobs

Those seeking variety and ultimate flexibility need look no further than Wonolo, our on-demand solution that puts you in touch with companies in need of extra help.  The industries include general labor, warehouse operations, deliveries, merchandising, events, administration, and more. Once your profile is approved, all you need to do is 

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accept the jobs that work for you, and you’re ready to start making money.

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5. Warehouse Associate

No, you don’t need to know how to operate a forklift to nab a warehousing job–though, it can help you make more cash if you do!  With the e-commerce industry experiencing an unprecedented surge, more and more warehouses are working around the clock to best their already-speedy fulfillment rates. What makes warehousing such 

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a great industry for college students is that many facilities continue operations on nights and weekends, and ultra-busy peaks typically align themselves perfectly with holiday breaks, allowing for even extra cash flow when school isn’t in session.

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6. Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Are you a pet lover in need of some extra cash? If so, become a dog walker and/or pet sitter.  Sites like Rover offer on-demand employment options that fit with even the most offbeat schedules. And, those who are willing and able to host doggy daycares and overnight pet sits can end up making twice the amount of money as dog walkers. Of course, your 

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income could be even higher if you have experience working with nontraditional pets, such as farm animals, reptiles, and horses.

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7. Food Service Worker

Waiting tables to get through college may sound like a cliche, but there’s a reason why serving, bartending, slinging espresso drinks, and washing dishes are such popular jobs among students. In addition to the flexibility, many food service workers reap the benefits of extra income in the form of tips, especially during the peak holiday seasons when school is not session.

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8. Home Health Aide

Home health aides are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry, providing home-based support to folks who might not be willing to stay in or pay for a traditional nursing home setting.  Depending on the nature of the patient, most home health aides do not need a nursing certificate–only current CPR 

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and first aid training, along with specialized education, usually provided by the hiring company. The job also offers plenty of flexibility in the form of weekend and evening hours.

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9. Sales Associate

According to Business News Daily, the most commonly-held jobs by American college students are sales associate positions.  Similar to food service workers, sales associates enjoy flexibility in terms of scheduling and shift coverage, which can come in handy during particularly stressful school weeks. Additionally, many 

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seasonal sales associate jobs open up during peak holiday months, a plus for students who need to make extra money while on break.

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10. Tutor

Not every college student has the knowledge or wherewithal to tutor, but the ones who do benefit from one of the highest hourly rates on this list.  Tutoring jobs can be found in a variety of places, in peer tutoring programs at the university, at private firms, or even remotely, in online formats. Whichever platform 

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the tutor uses, they are sure to find plenty of autonomy and gratification from this part-time job.

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11. Administrative Assistant

Companies hiring administrative assistants may not offer the same level of flexibility as restaurants or retail stores, but they do provide professional office environments that can give college students a real edge as they head into the real world.  This makes administrative jobs a great fit for students who are interested in pursuing careers 

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that require administrative skills, like accounting, office management, and HR.

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12. Gym Receptionist

Gyms open their doors early and shut them late, with many even staying open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. These hours make for a great scheduling opportunity for college students who might be in school for a traditional 9-5 day.  To sweeten the deal, most gyms offer free or deep discounts to employees, which 

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can save strapped-for-cash students valuable dough each month.

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13. Hotel Front Desk Receptionist

College students majoring in hospitality need look no further than hotel front desk receptionist positions.  Similar to gym receptionist jobs, hotel receptionist positions offer the potential of 24-hour scheduling that can fit well within the work days of any college student. As a bonus, graveyard shifts often feature plenty of downtime, which can 

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translate to quiet study time for students working through the night.

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14. Lifeguard

Full-time students in search of summer employment options would benefit from looking into local lifeguarding positions.  There are a plenty of different employers who take on summer lifeguards, from beaches to hotels to community swim centers, and more. Note: most employers require lifeguards to be certified 

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through the Red Cross prior to submitting an application.

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15. Social Media Assistant

Companies love to hire young, college-age employees to run their social media accounts because–let’s face it–college-age people are already on social media a lot these days.  Many times these are part-time, hourly positions that offer work that can be performed remotely, like social media campaign scheduling, customer service tasks, image uploads, and research.

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16. Rideshare Driver

Driving for a ridesharing app, like Uber or Lyft, is an excellent option for college students, as the job offers 24/7 hours, with pay typically being at its highest on evenings and weekends.  Currently, the largest apps have drivers on the road in less than a week, making for near-instant employment. Note: Most cities require rideshare drivers to be at least 21 years of age.

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17. Cleaner

Whether working in homes, offices, schools, or restaurants, cleaning jobs offer plenty of flexibility in the form of early and/or late work hours, with some employers offering long stretches of time off during the day.  Typically cleaners are able to set their own schedule and particularly entrepreneurial ones might even see a 

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freelance business opportunity in this low-overhead service.

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18. Bank Teller

College students attending school either at night or online who are looking to build a more traditional schedule would benefit from bank teller positions.  Bank teller jobs are particularly valuable to finance, accounting, business, and marketing students hoping to one day use their degrees to work at financial institutions. This 

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entry-level job can give these students a serious leg-up as they prepare to enter the job market upon graduation.

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19. Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassadors work for a variety of organizations, including sports teams, restaurants, hospitality firms, beverage makers, food makers, nightclubs, and more.  Typically, these brands look for outgoing, good-looking young people who are willing to educate the public on a specific product. Hours usually consist of weekends and evenings.

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20. House Painter

College students who possess previous painting experience can land jobs as local house painters, either working solo or for companies.  Once hired, most house painters can set their own schedules and the independent ones can even set their own rates. Note: Both employers and customers will check references, so any aspiring 

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workers must ensure that they provide adequate proof of their painting skills when applying.

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21. Tour Guide

It’s common to see students providing tours on campus, but city tour guide jobs are also fitting choices for college students in need of cash and flexible schedules.  This is a particularly apt position for students majoring in theatre arts, history, or English who have a passion for the area and a knack for storytelling. As an added 

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bonus, most tour guides reap the reward of cash tips at the conclusion of the tours.

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22. Resident Advisor

College students in need of free room and board and extra cash should consider applying to their school’s resident advisor program.  Resident advisors, or RAs, live in the dormitories alongside students and offer support to residents and the university in the form of security and rule enforcement. They also work in a variety of clerical roles that 

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support the management of the living quarters, such as bookkeeping, answering phones, and giving tours.

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23. Interpreter/Translator

Interpreter/translator jobs are great fits for college students who are fully bilingual.  Translators typically work exclusively with written text, with many companies and clients offering fully remote options. Interpreters are often required to work in-person at a variety of different venues, including schools, courthouses, and even medical facilities. 

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Both offer flexible, part-time schedules and are especially opportune for language or linguistics students.

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24. Fitness Instructor

Gyms are always on the lookout for talented fitness instructors with plenty of early morning and late evening availability for their clients.  High-energy college students are great fits for these positions, especially ones that already hold personal training certifications, play collegiate sports, or are majoring in corresponding fields, such as 

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kinesiology, dance, or physical therapy.

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25. Online Data Entry Clerk

Students in search of a fully-remote position need look no further than the online data entry field.  These clerical jobs can be performed at any time of the day or night, from the comfort of a dorm room and generally only require a rudimentary knowledge of data entry and data preservation. Note: some 

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companies require typing and IT troubleshooting tests as part of their application processes.

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