You’ve heard about scholarship jobs and study abroad jobs, but they’re not really available to you right now. As a college student, your time is valuable. Classes demand a lot from you, which means if you’re looking for a part-time job, you want one that compensates the most for your time.
Several traditional college student jobs pay well for those willing to put in the work, and thanks to the Internet, there’s a plethora of well-paying virtual and freelance gigs available. Here’s a look at 10 of the most lucrative college jobs out there today.
1. Virtual Assistant
Businesses and individuals hire virtual assistants to do answer emails, schedule appointments, and everything in between. Pay ranges from $8 to $20 per hour, depending on the company and experience.
2. Computer Technician
Apply at your campus computer lab or at a local repair store. Or consider selling your services online or freelancing for locals. The more technical knowledge you have, the more people will pay. On campus rates average $8-$10/hour, while off campus rate can get up to $20/hour.
3. Freelance Writer/Editor
Plenty of sites need writers to help them build their brand. As a freelancer, you have flexibility in scheduling and setting your rates, which can range from $10-$150 per gig.
4. Resident Assistant
An RA is responsible for helping students adapt to college life in the dorms. The hourly rate might not be the highest, but the school compensates by paying some or all of your living expenses, depending on what school you attend.
Tutors are in high demand, especially for math and science topics. Try applying at the campus tutoring center. If you go freelance, you can earn up to $25/hour.
6. Dog Walker
This is a great job for dog-lovers because of the flexible hours. On average, dog walkers make anywhere from $15-$60/hour, depending on location and other factors.
With a range of $9-$20/hour, being a nanny pays well for those who enjoy working with children and can demonstrate that they are responsible, reliable individuals.
8. Fitness Instructor
If you’re going to work out, why not get paid for it? Apply at your school’s fitness center or a local gym. Or try going freelance. Average hourly pay is $15.86.
9. Teaching Assistant/Grader
This is an especially beneficial position for upperclassmen or graduate students looking to gain more experience in their field. The pay averages $10.50/hour, which isn’t the highest, but the job looks great on your resume.
For those over 21, bartending is one of the easiest ways to earn cash. The base pay may not be high, but tips can average $250-$300 a night.