Between our classes, extracurricular activities and social lives, the prospect of finding a high-paying job during the school year can feel out of reach, but whether we're paying for school ourselves or we just need some extra cash, those minimum wage jobs around campus just aren't cutting it. Turns out, finding a job that'll earn you big bucks is possible! Her Campus has compiled a list of the top ten highest paying jobs for college students that will not only earn you the dough, but also give you killer work experience that will prepare you for real jobs post-graduation!
Tutoring elementary, middle and high school students is a great way to earn money, especially in college towns with local school systems or nearby independent schools. English, math, SAT prep, or all three - you pick! It's a great way to use your areas of interest to help teach others, and you'll gain lots of experience in working one-on-one with kids and professional clients. You can even set your own hours! Check local listings to see if schools in the area or individuals are looking for tutors. Some schools might even have tutoring programs, so once you've chosen the field you want to tutor in, ask the department head or a professor about those tutoring opportunities. "[A tutoring program at Harvard] provided me with the curriculum and all of the materials - I just had to find students and a place to teach," shares Her Campus co-founder and Harvard '10 grad Windsor Hanger. "I think I wound up averaging around $30 an hour - not bad when you're working 20 hours a week!" If you're unable to tutor off campus, apply for a job at your school's writing center, where you'll help edit your peers' papers. Rates may range depending on whether or not you're certified in the field or how experienced you are.
2. Computer Technician
If you're good with applications, software and hardware, and the word "troubleshoot" excites you, working as a computer technician is the perfect job for you. It definitely requires a working knowledge of computer technology, but the pay is usually high and the hours are flexible. "I worked as a Special Projects Assistant in the office of the Harvard University CIO," shares Her Campus co-founder Annie Wang. "I was responsible for updating some University websites and databases and putting together reports for various academic computing initiatives at the University. I found the job on a campus jobs board at Harvard, and was paid $19 an hour (an amazing salary, since the job required a technical background) for about 10 hours of work per week." Check with your school's computer lab or on-campus tech support for available positions; you can even ask your school's IT director if they have any openings for student assistants.
3. Fitness Trainer
If you're certified as a personal trainer, this job is a great way to help others stay healthy and it gives you a good workout at the same time! Certification can be done by yourself on your own time and can take up to 6 months through an online program. Once you are certified, apply for a position at your school's sports or student center to be a peer trainer, or talk to any local gyms. Many colleges may also offer positions as fitness class teachers!
4. Bank Teller
If you're considering a career in banking, don't wait until you've graduated to get a jumpstart on your future -- you can begin working as a bank teller as soon as you turn 18. The job pays well and looks great on your résumé, especially if you're going into a business, economics or finance-related career. The only downside is the inconvenience with hours, which are during the day when you may be in class. Many colleges have an on-campus credit union, and almost all college towns have a nearby bank; stop by and ask if they're hiring.
5. Professor's or Administrative Assistant
As students, we have constant access to department heads, deans, and professors that are almost always looking for help with organizational and administrative tasks, or even teaching positions. Check your school's career center, or try approaching a professor you're close to about possible job opportunities. Not only will you be able to establish a great connection with the professor, you'll get lots of experience working for someone in either your field of interest, or an area that could help you in your post-grad endeavors. Gina, a senior at Emory University, was one of three undergraduate TA's for her professor in political science, and not only did she get paid for her work, she says the position enriched her knowledge in the field. "You always learn better when you teach something," she says, explaining that though she had taken the class before, teaching the material helped her understand it more than she had previously.
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