College is a rewarding experience; but it is also an expensive experience. To help fund the bill, many students obtain part-time employment. There are a variety of part-time jobs to choose from, but the best part-time jobs for college students are those that do not interfere with your course schedule. On-campus jobs, package handling, restaurant work and tutoring are the most practical jobs for college students.
Most college campuses have on-campus job openings available. Administrative, computer, research, housing, food service and other positions are offered to students and are both full and part-time positions. According to the Ohio State University website, many of these positions require around 20 hours of work per week and the hours are flexible. The pay varies by geographic location, but OSU pays its student-employees between $7.50 and $12 per hour as of 2011.
UPS is known for hiring college students and working around their schedules. UPS offers part-time positions, such as package handlers, delivery drivers and seasonal driver helpers. Part-time package handlers work about 20 hour per week; broken into 3 and one-half to four hour shifts, Monday through Friday. Package handlers are offered four different shift options: the 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. shift, the 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift, the 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. shift or the 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. shift. Pay varies by geographic location; but in the state of Ohio, package handlers receive $8.50 to $9.50 per hour. Part-time employees also receive benefits and tuition assistance, according to UPS.
Restaurant work is an excellent option for a college student as workers are needed at night. Many college students wait tables, bringing in cash with every shift. The downside to waiting tables is that the money is not stable. You can earn a high amount of money one night and much less the next night. If you would like more stable earnings, you can also work as a host or a cook. Shifts vary from early evening to late at night to early morning hours.
College tutors assist other students with their lessons. Many tutoring job postings are for college juniors and seniors who have excellent academic performance. According to Seattle Tutoring, a college junior or senior can tutor 8th, 9th or tenth grade students in Algebra One for about three hours a week for $23 per hour. Tutoring lessons are often held in the evening and on the weekends; so tutoring does not interfere with the college student's classes.
E.M. Rawes is a professional writer specializing in business, finance, mathematical and social sciences topics. She completed her studies at the University of Maryland, where she earned her Bachelor of Science. During her time working in workforce management and as a financial analyst, she reinforced her business and financial know-how.