Top 10 Jobs for College Students


We take a look at what you can expect to do–and earn–in ten jobs that are good for college students.

By Emma Kate Hudson, Kylee Hudson, and Melisa Wagner,

10. Landscaping

Landscaping work is ideal for college students because the season occurs when school is not in session. It is a relatively well-paying job, so you’re able to save to last you throughout the school year. However, that can also be a downfall if you’re not good at saving, because the job normally only lasts from Spring to mid-Fall. The average base-salary for a landscaper according to Glassdoor is roughly $26-27k per year.

9. Student Ambassador

Being a student ambassador is the perfect way to save money throughout college because the school will likely pay your tuition. One of the only downfalls of being a student ambassador is that there is usually a very selective hiring process. This is a convenient job for college students because the job usually only requires 20-30 hours a week, so you have time for another part time job. Not only that, but considering you are at school at least 12 hours a week, the commute to work from school every day will be nothing.

8. Call Center

The motive in a call center is usually to sell a product, provide technical assistance, or do secretarial work. The average salary per year according to Glassdoor ranges from $21.8k-35.6k per year. There are many call centers. The training process is non-extensive because every company has a common goal of selling products, so getting to know the product is the only difficult training.

7. Gym

Working at a gym would likely entail cleaning equipment, checking people in, and maybe some personal training. The average gym wage starts at or a little bit above minimum wage. To do this job you will need a motivating personality and a passion for hitting the weights. This would be an ideal job for a full-time student because most gyms, especially ones near college campuses, are open 24 hours, so there is plenty of time to work if you take classes during the day.

6. Amusement Park

If you are a daredevil, this is the job for you. In this job you are responsible for supervising, monitoring, boarding passengers, starting rides, ticket sales, concession stands, and ensuring passengers exit safely. This job pays 10 dollars an hour. The negative of this job is that you would only have a job seasonally and having to work outside in the weather no matter what. If you would like to learn more click here.

5. Barista

A barista is someone who has many roles including making coffee, answering questions for customers, and making pasties and cookies. In this job you will need to know about coffee and learn about different machinery. This job pays 10 dollars an hour, but if you are a student some jobs have student reimbursement. The pro of being a barista is the open hours. You can work all day and the work schedule is flexible. If you would like to learn more click here.

4. Bank Teller

A bank teller is known as someone who is the face of a bank or a credit union. In this position you are required to withdraw and depositing money. In this job you must be very meticulous and also have customer service skills for customers. This job pays roughly around 12 dollars an hour. If you want to learn more click here.

3. Babysitter or Nanny

Babysitting is having full responsibility and welfare of a child or children while their parents are away. This may include feeding, playing with them, changing diapers, bathing, and putting them down for naps. An average baby sitter’s pay in the United states is roughly $16.75 an hour for one child and 19.26 for two children, but the rate varies a lot depending on location and other factors. If you love children well then this is the job for you. One great thing about this job is that you can pretty much wear whatever you want including sweats and hoodies. Also most of the time the family provides you with food, so you’re essentially getting free food. On the other hand, babysitting children can be a lot of hands on work. If the child is having a bad day it’s going to be rough on you, and not all childcare jobs work well with a student’s class schedule.

2. Retail

A retail worker is someone that works in a store such as Target. These people help customers find and select the items they need to buy, restock items, do price checks, and process the payment for sale. The average wage for a retail worker is $12 an hour which averages out to be roughly $26,000 annually. This job does not require any past experience and the job duties are very simple. On the other hand, this job can be very hands on and sometimes you have to deal with upset or unpleasant customers

  1. Server

A server is someone who works in a restaurant and waits tables, also known as a waitress or waiter. Their job duties include customer service, taking orders, answering questions, delivering food and drinks, and cleaning as busywork. The average wage for a server is $8.70 an hour plus tips. With just hourly wage this averages out to be roughly $27,000 annually. Serving has its pros and cons, but it is one of the most common jobs among college students. Being a server is ranked number one on our list because of three things: a flexible schedule, decent compensation, and flexible scheduling, or being able to request time off when needed. On the other hand, this job can require you to be on your feet for long periods of time and as a server you do not have a set time to get off work, so you never know how to plan the rest of your night.

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