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5 Best Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Are you a college student looking for a decent-paying part-time job to help you pay for your cost of living while studying?

You don’t have to wait for your degree to land a job and start paying off college loans. There are many benefits of working part time while in school. The best way to get a job while still in school is to focus on job that are flexible, so you can remained focused on your studies during crunch time.

To get you started, here is a list of five of the best part-time jobs for college students:

1. Academic tutor


Are you an expert writer or a professional in different subjects? If you used to ace your SAT’s in high school, then taking up an academic tutor job can be something quite lucrative. Even so, irrespective of your academic strengths, you can find students who need your assistance.

There are companies such as, which connect tutors to students. You can also conduct tutoring sessions through internet associated education websites like Varsity Tutors. According to data from, tutors make around $17 per hour.

According to Glassdoor, as a student, you stand a greater chance of earning from $30 to $100 per hour if you specialize in Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) college school exams. You will not only earn cash, but also help put students on the academic success path. What’s more, in the process, you also get a chance to refresh your mind on what you have already learned.

2. Freelance programer/web designer

web designer

Are you an expert in coding? Many people and businesses pay top dollar to professional web designers. You can find a ton of job opportunities on freelance marketplace sites such as Freelancer and Upwork, making it easier to get suitable clientele for your services.

It’s clear that programming and web design are sophisticated skills. However, you do not have to wait for a college degree to make some well-earned cash with them. Simply put, if you know how to go about coding, create a profile on one of these websites and provide freelance services!

Freelance salary information is not fixed or even readily available. Despite this, a report by NJ creatives shows that web designers can charge close to $59 each hour! You can charge even more as time progresses and as you enhance your internet portfolio, as well as reputation. Also, your work could assist you in getting an attractive job after you complete your degree.

If you are ‘green’ to the world of coding, consider taking some online coding courses. You will not only gain lucrative skills but also end up expanding your knowledge base by getting to know a new ‘language.’

3. Freelance writer/blogger


Writing, blogging and editing are essential skills that don’t necessarily need a college degree. Again, there are internet platforms such as Upwork and Freelancer that provide a market place where buyers and sellers meet. You can offer essay writing services, do some editing projects for various clients or write blog posts and articles others – there are a ton of different options.

You may get one-off or continuous projects. Since work is mostly conducted online, you’ll create your schedule and work when you can! Writers charge $25 to $35 per hour on Upwork, for example. Similar to web design, you can begin with low rates and over time, gain more experience and charge more.

4. Fitness instructor

personal trainer

Exercising is one of the best ways to maintain your health and manage stress levels. If you are a gym fanatic, why not take up a fitness trainer job? To become a certified trainer, you’ll have to be certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) . What’s more, before taking the ACE exam to become a personal trainer, you’ll need to get CPR certification. Luckily, personal trainer courses are amply available and can be completed within a few short months. You may have to put in a bit of work, but the pay off will be worth it if you find a job in this field. According to Payscale, fitness instructors pocket close to $19 every hour!

5. Massage therapist


Similar to being a fitness trainer, you do not require a college degree to become a massage therapist. So, what do you need to become certified masseuse? You’ll need to find an accredited massage therapy institute to get trained (there are currently more than 300 in the United States) and become certified through the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Once you complete your training, you can work as a massage therapist for the rest of your college years and pay it off while you study. Reports by Payscale show that massage therapists earn close to $19 every hour. You stand a greater chance of gaining if you are a student of health, medicine or even physical therapy. You could even transfer this into a full-time career if you decide you love it and wish to continue with it after graduation.


Which part time job works best for you? Thanks to the growth of the internet, it is now quick and easy to browse through different industries and jobs and find one that suits you.

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About the Author Kevin Nelson

Kevin is a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media & blogging. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer for EliteEssayWriters. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

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