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10 Well-Paid Jobs for College Students

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At some point in your college life, you’ll probably feel the need for extra cash, with the school materials to buy, campus coffee, or even dates to attend. Having a part-time job and earning extra cash could be an easy solution to solve the cash crunch. Working part-time is practical, and it allows you the opportunity to attend classes. 

Notably, employers keep their doors wide open for young students who are yet to earn their graduate degrees, on a part- or full-time basis. In most cases, the college student should consider a role that has a schedule and workload that does not interfere with their learning. Any student who wishes to work while in college has access to a variety of jobs, some of which are well-paying.

Below are some jobs available to college learners, including potential responsibilities and the salaries they could receive. 

Waiter or Waitress

Just one word to remember here: tips. Becoming a waiter or waitress provides you the opportunity to earn the minimum wage, in addition to tips, which may top $20 hourly. The duties may include taking orders, presenting completed orders, and welcoming guests. Most restaurant jobs are scheduled, so they are flexible, allowing you to plan your schoolwork around your work timetable. Some establishments, for instance, could only need part-time waiters/waitresses for the weekend shifts. To boot, the jobs are a popular choice for college students. 

Library Assistant

On-campus jobs are some of the best since you gain even more study time. Working as a library assistant involves working in the library, where you support other students, access reading and learning material or other resources they need. In most cases, you’ll receive less taxing roles, such as collecting books or arranging records. This gives you more time to complete your homework while gaining that extra cash. The position may also offer an opportunity to network as you meet scholars who may guide you on your academic work.


Dog-walking is also a popular job, combining flexibility, fun sessions with pets, and a good income. In most cases, dog-walkers earn $17 for an hour-long group session, where you will walk 4-5 dogs at once, once daily for four days each week. In more private cases, you can earn up to $25. There are some technicalities, including licenses in your area, that may cause tickets. While it is fun, there is some seriousness to the role, because you’ll be caring for someone’s ‘best friend.’

Ride-Sharing Driver

If you can get a hold of a reliable car, a smartphone, and pass a small background check, you could easily become a driver for one of the ride-hailing companies, including Uber and Lyft. The job could be fun, allowing you to work on your own schedule, without asking permission or explaining yourself. What is more, college campuses are a great source of clients, especially during peak hours. During holidays, you could take part in carpooling with students who may be traveling long distances.

Academic Writer

The endless essays you present as a student could provide the creative boost you need to write for more professional outfits. You should have high-level writing and editing skills and work under deadlines. For about $25, a student may take up writing for a blog, writing resumes, or even online research. For instance, you could work at an essay writing company CustomWritings, where you could write about any topic you are familiar with, providing an experience for a future career as a professional academic writer. 


Tutoring positions are abundant, offering the student a part-time position to use their skills in educating others. If you are dealing with younger children, then you know you will normally work on weekends or after school closes. If you are dealing with lower-level college learners, your schedule may depend on your classes. Most tutorship positions pay up to $24, with more specific requirements such as teaching English paying higher incomes. 


This could mean a diverse array of roles, from one-day events, covering for parents overnight, or recurring roles after school each day. Parents around your college could be searching for someone responsible to babysit, especially if they major in education, medicine, or special education. If you like being around children, you could use your free time to watch kids gain an income, with wages around $15. 

Personal Trainer

If you take part in sports or are a physical fitness nerd, working at the gym would allow you to also help other people while also earning about $30 per hour. Your clients will be people who understand the need to keep mentally and physically fit. In addition, you could schedule your time to peak hours, which are often early mornings or late evenings/ The flexibility will be a huge bonus to your schoolwork.

Tour Guide 

If you live in a ‘tourist’ city, you could become a tour guide, working independently or as part of a company. You’ll need to polish up on what you know about local architecture, the best restaurants, and the ghost stories. Then, you will create a viable tour route where you will charge your clients a fee. If the local area is beyond your ability, you could liaise with the university’s admission office. They could need your services to guide prospective and new students around the campus. 

Food Delivery

College students love takeout, and I bet the professors and everyone around campus would become potential clients. If you have access to a reliable car or bike, you could work with restaurants or companies, such as UberEats and DoorDash. All you have to do is wait for orders to be placed, collect the order from the restaurants, and deliver.

So, while you could spend all your time studying, you could supplement your pocket money by working part-time in the various positions highlighted above. You could also be building your resume or work network, which will benefit you after you complete your college degree. Nonetheless, you should maintain a balance between work and school.