The Best Part-Time Jobs for College Students

According to a study from Georgetown University, more than 70 percent of college students have worked while attending school.

Research indicates that part-time jobs are beneficial for students as they provide structure, new skills, such as communication and organization, and, in some cases, even better grades. Those students that worked less than 20 hours had an average GPA of 3.13.

Those that land the coveted on-campus jobs had a higher advantage, as they could build deeper relationships with faculty and staff. Also, often, it relates back to their major and gives pre-graduation experience in their field.

Finding the right part-time job

For those who must look for jobs outside of campus, flexibility is key. Jobs in the retail and foodservice industry are often the most popular. Nights and weekend hours are best with some off days to pursue your studying. Not sure what’s a good fit?

Start thinking about your major and what kind of experience you can start building now. For example, you could look to be a nursing home assistant if you’re thinking of working in healthcare.

We compiled the best jobs for college students below so you can hit the ground running this semester and beyond.

1. Nanny

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Help families in your area during date nights, after school and overnight by babysitting their kids. Depending on the family, location and amount of kids, a student can earn about $16.20 per hour on average. You can also add homework help and tutoring skills to earn more cash.

Sites like and apps like Wyndy and Usit let you create profiles and help you get in contact with families more efficiently. You can keep a calendar with your availability every semester and book as much as you can.

2. Gig economy jobs

In 2019, on-demand employment offers a new, more flexible option for college students to earn a side hustle paycheck. The possibilities are vast — from driving Uber and picking up groceries with Instacart to delivering takeout with Postmates and fixing things on TaskRabbit.

You can do it in between classes, at night or on the weekends, earning enough to pay your rent, buy books or purchase any other necessities.

3. Tutor

If you’re good at math, English or test prep, consider tutoring other fellow college students or offering your tutoring services to your old high school. Or perhaps you’re excellent at a musical instrument or a particular language.

Reaching out to teachers, non-profits, neighborhood groups and your old school can help you with customer acquisition.

Find your niche, set your rate and make time for two or three students a week to help them with their studies. When setting your rate, take into account location, materials and travel time, but also talk to fellow tutors in your school to see what they charge.

4. Dog walker


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There’s nothing better than coming to work and a bunch of puppies jump on you. If you’re a dog person, use your pet experience to walk other people’s pups. You can use an app like Rover or Wag or set up your LLC and start taking in clients.

If you don’t have previous experience dog walking or pet-sitting, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter first and offering your pet sitting services to your family and friends. You can also pick up shifts at a local pet daycare if you want a more steady schedule.

5. Telemarketer

If you have effective selling and people skills, a part-time job in telemarketing can be a good fit. Contact your school’s alumni association and local non-profits to see if they have any openings. Calls normally include asking for donations from former donors and they can be done from home.

If you’re comfortable selling products, many companies will list their needs for marketers to sell products or offer surveys over the phone. Depending on the call center, you can earn more than $16 per hour and have a flexible schedule where you complete a certain number of calls.

6. Social media or virtual assistant

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Similar to an in-person assistant, a virtual assistant helps other entrepreneurs with administrative tasks, email management, social media posting and running errands so they can concentrate on their business. Most gigs may only be a few hours a week so you can take on two or three clients at once.

This job is great for a Type A person that loves color coding things, organizing and staying on top of schedules. Better yet, you can work remotely.

7. Sales associate

Retail jobs are the top job for college students because it offers a variety of schedules and during the holiday season, students can jump on temp positions.

It can be a little hectic, but some companies provide benefits to part-time employees and generous discounts.

8. Server or bartender


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The quintessential job for a college student is a food service worker. Relying on tips and flexible shifts, servers, baristas and bartenders can earn big depending on the location and clientele.

The job requires patience and great people skills, essential for post-graduation life. And if you’re lucky, you’ll walk away with free food.

9. Fitness trainer or teacher

If you’re into working out, playing sports, yoga and lifting weights, you may be able to put those skills to work and train other people to get fit. Reach out to your college’s gym to see if they’re looking for fitness trainers and if they offer any certifications.

Once you establish yourself and earn a few references, you can set up your own LLC and start taking on other clients depending on your school schedule. Similar to tutoring, you want to look around and see what others are charging per hour.

Find the best job for you

It’s time to start telling friends and family members that you’re in the market for a new part-time opportunity. While it’s hard to balance your coursework with a part-time job, having that extra experience and income will make you stand out at graduation time. Any of the opportunities above will provide you with enough flexibility to stay on top of your homework and social life while gaining invaluable skills you can carry on to the next stage of your life.

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Muriel VegaMuriel Vega is an Atlanta-based journalist and editor who writes mostly about technology and its intersection with food and culture. She’s the managing editor of tech news publication Hypepotamus, and has contributed to The Guardian, Atlanta magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, VICE and more. She spends her time eating her way through Buford Highway and exploring Atlanta's arts scene.

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