Tuesday, July 09, 2013

College Student Jobs

Our school just had our first graduating class, and now we're sending off our little kidlets into college. Many of the kids are the first in their families to go to college, and many are not made of money (sass, they're made of sass, though, I wonder if that pays well). So that got me to thinking that there must be many jobs college students can do that are not well known but that pay better than the minimum wage jobs they could find at a fast food place.

I'd love to start a list of lesser-known, well-paying jobs and then have some links for resources. I'm wondering if y'all have any ideas about such secret jobs. I did see some sites with some ideas, like here, for example, but I'm thinking of the ones that pay better than you'd expect and that need maybe a little extra pre-training (something they could get either their senior year of HS or during the summer before college).

My examples so far:

1. Bartending. You don't have to be 21 apparently, and you could work weddings or hotels or such.
2. Yoga Instructor. A neighbor just mentioned that her friend's HS senior now teaches yoga at business sites.
3. Soldering. Okay, I don't know the official title, but when I went to a local community college, they mentioned that their current engineering students had offers of flexible 20hrs/week jobs doing tasks such as this.
4. Tutoring neighborhood HS kids

I know there have to be more out there.


  1. I like your idea. Another option is to advertise work study programs, where you work for the school to pay off your tuition. There are not very many colleges that do this, but it is usually meant for students who could not go to college otherwise.

  2. Work study. Good idea. I will add it to the list. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. If they're good at standardized testing, they can work for an SAT prep program, or privately. I started working for Kaplan my freshman year of college both as a teacher and private tutor. It pays very well and has extremely flexible hours.

  4. And if they play piano, working as an accompanist for choirs or soloists can pay well.

  5. Ooh! Great ideas, NatalIe. Did not think of them, so thanks for adding to the list.