You have several options when deciding which part-time job is right for you. Sometimes part-time jobs are dream jobs. Whether you have children and want a career without full-time hours, or you’re a college student or retiree looking for a way to earn extra money, part-time employment may fit the bill.
And, of course, sometimes part-time jobs are simply a way to survive. The following careers placed high in the U.S. News Best Jobs ranking and provided opportunities for part-time workers. These are also occupations that can be full-time jobs, and many require some level of education or expertise. Hourly wage data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Best Part-Time Jobs to Pay the Bills
10.Physical Therapist Assistant
Average hourly wages: $23.55
Physical therapists decide how patients should be treated. The physical therapist assistant is the one who works the most with the patient, however, making sure the treatment plan is implemented. If you take on this job – which typically requires an associate degree from an accredited program and a license or certification – you’ll probably work in a hospital or a physical therapist’s practice.
Average hourly wages: $36.65
As long as you get along with the dentist you work for, this could be a pretty low-stress job. You’ll work in a dentist’s office. However, many hours you work, it’ll probably be during regular working hours Monday through Friday, given that most dentist practices aren’t open on the weekends – and typically aren’t open in the evenings.
8.Interpreter and Translator
Average hourly wages: $24.92
Interpreters and translators are communicators, allowing people of different languages, including sign language, to understand each other. Generally, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree to land this job – and, of course, fluency in another language.
According to the BLS, it’s nice to work if you can get it, as the song goes – and maybe you can get it since the field is projected to grow 20% by 2029.
Average hourly wages: $20.59
Massage therapists are never accused of being out of touch. With their know-how, they manipulate patients’ muscles to alleviate pain, relieve stress, and heal injuries.
While a massage therapist might work in an office setting, like a chiropractor’s office, 35% of massage therapists are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
6.Physical Therapist Aide
Average hourly wages: $23.55
Generally, physical therapist aides either help the physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant with patients. It isn’t glamorous work,
But it’s important: You’ll be washing linens, sanitizing treatment areas and equipment and performing clerical tasks. You’ll interact with patients, too. This profession lends itself well to part-time work (as well as full-time work).
Average hourly wages: $12.39
If you’ve ever had a manicure or pedicure, you know what a nail technician is (they clean, file, trim and polish one’s fingernails and toenails). You’ll find them at salons, spas and the occasional barbershop.
As a part-time nail technician, you might work all sorts of hours since many salons and spas are open in the evenings and on weekends.
Average hourly wages: $12.49
As you know, this is a profession in which you take people from place to place in a taxi. That said, these days, you might work for a ride-hailing company like Uber and drive your own car as a taxi.
Driving people around in a taxi or a limousine, for that matter, is very much a career in which you can work part-time or full-time.
3.Maintenance and Repair Worker
Average hourly wages: $18.79
Generally, maintenance and repair workers work at companies, like a hotel, apartment complex or hospital – places where things typically break and need to be fixed.
As with every job on this list, you may find full-time work, but you can probably find plenty of part-time positions. A lot of companies are willing to hire part-time workers but may not pay full-time health benefits.
Average hourly wages: $26.52
You’ll probably work for a plumbing company in this profession, but perhaps you will find a part-time job at a factory or other business.
While there are many full-time plumbers, there’s often a lot of work for plumbers in general – especially those willing to work off-hours, evenings and weekends, when there are emergencies.
1.Recreation and Fitness Worker
Average hourly wages: $12.67
These may be jobs at summer camps, parks, or sometimes community centers that offer dancing and karate activities. As you can imagine, you’ll be active on the job. The pay isn’t sky-high, but these jobs tend to be fun and not too stressful if you like engaging with people.
This can be a great job for a college student or parent who wants to work during the day but be home when the kids get out of school. It’s also good for anyone who wants to get paid for being physically active.