Best Jobs for College Students

Whether you're paying tuition or looking for a little extra spending money, these are the top jobs to best fit your class schedule and your skills.

Are you looking for a job that has a convenient location on or near your college campus, offers flexible hours, and doesn't require years of experience? Try out these jobs for college students if you’re looking to make a little extra money.

1. Retail

Retailers on and near college campuses can give you a chance to gain experience in areas like customer service and merchandising. Most stores offer morning, night, and weekend shifts, making it easy to work around your class schedule. As an added bonus, you’ll likely get an employee discount on merchandise — something you’ll need to remember when you have to work long hours on busy days like the day after Thanksgiving.

2. Restaurant

Food service has always been a popular choice as a college job, largely due to the flexibility of shifts and number of positions available. In addition to making great money, you can learn a variety of skills as a cashier, host, server, or cook. Keep in mind that with lower hourly wages, a large part of your part-time income may depend on tips in this industry.

3. On-campus

School libraries, recreation centers, student unions, and other university departments usually have flexible, part-time positions and are great student job options. Working on campus means your job normally follows the same holiday schedule as your classes, and transportation is easier with all your commitments in one place. While the shift options may be more limited than those available from off-campus retail and restaurant jobs, on-campus employers are especially equipped to work around your class schedule.

4. Home or childcare services

If you’re knowledgeable in a certain subject, put your expertise to use by tutoring in your free time. You can also use your skills by baby-sitting and pet-sitting. Your school may offer community members a list of students available for these kinds of services. Search for Facebook groups specific to your new community to see if there are opportunities or you can offer your services. Once you’ve proved yourself to a few families, word of mouth can help you build your list of clients.

5. Entrepreneurial

Many successful entrepreneurial ventures began in a dorm room. Making and selling your products through sites like Etsy is a great way to make a little extra money while in school. If you’re a student with a talent for arts and crafts, you can apply your creative skills without committing to an hourly or set schedule. This unconventional option requires upfront costs for materials and shipping, but it offers great experience for budding entrepreneurs.

In addition to earning money, you can also save money in college with these tips.