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Seven Ideal Jobs for College Students

Feb 14, 2011 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

As a college student, you have to allocate your time wisely. Between classes and social activities, you probably don’t have a lot of time to spare for a job. However, there are plenty of jobs out there that will let you make the most efficient use of your time possible, by allowing you to study during work hours. Some of them don’t pay too badly, either. Here’s an overview of some campus and off-campus jobs that are great options for college students.

Writing Center Tutor

If you’re good at writing papers, a tutoring job could be ideal. At some tutoring centers, you can bring your own homework and work on it during down time. You could also find that your own paper-writing skills improve when you’re helping others improve their own.


Lifeguards have to keep their eyes on the pool at all times while someone is swimming. But if you get a lifeguarding job at a pool that isn’t busy, you could have plenty of time to study. Lifeguarding jobs often pay relatively well compared to other student jobs available, and some indoor pools need
lifeguards throughout the year. You’ll need CPR certification and lifeguard training,
but once you’ve gone through that, look for a  non-busy indoor pool that has hours all year.

College Students Searching

As a college student, you don’t have a lot of time or money to spare. If possible, choose a job that lets you multitask.

Computer help desk

If you’re good with computers, you might be able to get a job working the help desk at your school. You’ll get to meet professors as well as students when you go over to install new computers and software. And if you’re working a call-in help line, you could bring your homework for the slow times. Because it’s an on-campus job, your boss is likely to understand that you have a class schedule—and accommodate it.


Working at the library can be an ideal job for students. Often, it’s quiet—so you can get study work done while you’re there, and even do research for upcoming papers. For this reason, library positions on campus are often in demand—and can be hard to get. If you can’t get a job at the student library at your college, you might be able to get work at a local library in town.


Lots of local businesses need receptionists. Depending on the situation at your college, campus jobs may be really competitive and given out based on need—but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a job that will let you study while you work. Receptionists often have access to computers—meaning you can write papers when you don’t have work to do, as well as doing online research if you have access to the web.

Residence advisor

If you’re a residence advisor, you may get free room and board—which can save you and your family a lot of money. Residence advisors have to be on-call to the students on their floor, and sometimes they have to police the halls to be sure no illegal drinking or other activities are going on—but to some, the payoff can be worth it. In addition, although you’ll have to be in your room or in the wing during on-call hours, you can get your homework done when you aren’t needed.

Starbucks barista

It’s tough to study while working at Starbucks. But if you’re in need of health insurance, this may be the perfect job. Employees at Starbucks get health insurance even if they work part-time hours, which you probably will if you’re a full-time student. And if you want a job that’s social and gives you a break from studying, this may be a better job for you than something with a lot of down time.

As a college student, you don’t have a lot of time or money to spare. If possible, choose a job that lets you multitask—and one that understands and can accommodate your student schedule. If you do, you’re likely to be much less stressed—and more able to fit your work schedule in with your studies.


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