Between the summers of 1978 and 2016, the percentage of American teens seeking summer work declined by almost half, mostly due to increased focus on schoolwork. But the good news is that there are many jobs close to campus that can help defray expenses without distracting from classes. The following are some of the best and most common jobs undergrads can get, based on pay grade, scheduling flexibility, and proximity to campuses across the nation.
THRIFT STORE EMPLOYEE
Animal lovers might consider taking care of people's pets while they're out of town. Animal care workers earn a median wage of $11.13 an hour, and they can make their own hours depending on clients' needs. Beyond pet sitting, those with an interest in pursuing a career in animal care, might consider looking for part-time positions at veterinary clinics, zoos, animal shelters, stables and shelters near campus.
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FITNESS CENTER EMPLOYEE
Got fast fingers? Become a transcriber, a typist hired by courts, hospitals, and independent businesses to type dialogue into text. There are numerous companies that hire online freelancers to transcribe audio recordings on their own time, but more ambitious students can gain experience in the legal or medical sides of the field for a chance at positions that pay a median hourly wage of $26.50 and $16.95, respectively.
Mystery shoppers work for marketing research companies as independent contractors, paid on a per-assignment basis to go into shops, eateries, or other service companies posing as a regular customer to gather impressions, maybe snap some photos, and report back. Unfortunately, mystery shopping can be a difficult way to make money compared tp a more consistent part-time job.