Ten Types of Part-Time Job Options

Updated on August 24, 2017
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A part-time college economics & finance instructor who began his career in banking, Chuck frequently writes on money & economics on HubPages

There Are Many Opportunities

A part-time job is generally considered to be one where a person works less than the standard 35 – 40 hour week and usually, but not always, does not get benefits.

A part-time job can be an extra job in addition to a person's regular work. It can also be used as a source of spending money or extra income for a high school or college student who is still supported by the parents, for a homemaker looking to bring in some additional income by working during the times the children are in school or a retiree looking for a way to keep active and augment a pension.

From an employer's perspective, part-time workers are a source of labor that can fill in odd time slots, help during peak production times, and generally augment the work force. Since part-time workers generally do not receive benefits, and the cost of providing benefits is increasing, it is often less expensive to hire part-time workers than full-time.

An additional reason for hiring part-time help is a a shortage of full-time help. Unemployment in some regions it is approaching zero which means that there isn't any pool from which to hire. In these cases employers are forced to target students, retired people, homemakers and others who would like some additional income but do not or cannot work full time.

As with full-time career positions, the more education and experience one has, the greater the options for part-time work. For practically any full-time job position there is probably a part-time counterpart. However, let's take a look at the more common part-time jobs that the average person can expect to find.

Part-Time Job Possibilities

1. Retail positions such as cashier, stocker, or sales clerk.

Retail establishments are open twelve to eighteen hours per day with many being open round the clock. Different times of the day are busier than others so it makes sense to use part-time people to augment the full-time people during these times especially when these times don't come in eight-hour blocks.

Business also fluctuates by season, by time of week, and month. Grocery stores have more business on weekends than during the week. Stores in areas with large numbers of people receiving Social Security or welfare benefits will see more business at the beginning of the month when Social Security and welfare checks are mailed than during other parts of the month.

Retail offers many part-time job opportunities.
Retail offers many part-time job opportunities. | Source

Because of these fluctuation in business traffic having part-time workers whose schedules can be changed weekly helps with scheduling to accommodate periods of fluctuating demand.

2. Positions in the fast food and restaurant industry such as cashiers, waiters/waitresses, bus boys, dishwashers, hamburger flippers, etc.

Business for companies in this industry fluctuates according to time of day, day of week and monthly. Restaurants are very busy during meal times but tend to be slow between meals so there is no need to be fully staffed all day.

Also, especially in the fast food industry, people looking to work in these establishments generally want part-time work as they are going to school, care for children when school is out or generally don't want full-time work. This makes this industry another good one for part-time work.

Fast food is another opportunity for part-time work.  (McDonald's Restaurant in St. Petersurg, Russia
Fast food is another opportunity for part-time work. (McDonald's Restaurant in St. Petersurg, Russia | Source

3. Bank tellers. Here again, there are certain times of the day and certain days of the week that are busier than other so staffing fluctuates.

Some banks and credit unions do hire full time tellers and have them work a split shift say 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for early morning and lunch hour business. Then leave and return to work from say, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the after work crowd. Many people don't like such a schedule, thereby making this type of work a logical candidate for part-time workers.

4. Car washes. This is basically pure physical labor with no future in terms of a career. The hours are attractive for young people in high school or college looking to make some money but not work full-time.

5. College work-study programs. These are generally make-work type positions funded by the Federal Department of Education as a type of college financial aid.

The student has to qualify for financial aid but the criteria is more liberal than for Pell Grants (free money from the taxpayers) or Federally subsidized student loans.

The work hours are limited to 19.5 hours per week maximum and are scheduled to accommodate student's class schedules. Work varies but is usually light office work in college departments.

6. Temporary staffing agencies. These are companies who provide workers (usually office clerical work or labor positions) to companies on a short-term basis (anywhere from one day to several months). The companies need people to cover for workers who are on vacation or sick leave or to fill a vacant position until a permanent replacement can be found.

This is part-time work in the sense that the worker can usually specify times they are not available and can turn down assignments that don't fit their schedules. However, the work day itself is usually a normal 8 hour day.

7. Bookkeeper for small businesses. This is moving up the education/skill ladder somewhat and the job sometimes requires being in business for yourself.

The possibilities here are: 1) to work part-time for an accounting firm keeping the books of small business clients; 2) be hired as a part-time employee of one or more small businesses to work a couple of days a month or so balancing their books; or, 3) start your own business as a freelance bookkeeper and limit the number of clients you take on to fit the part-time hours you want.

8. Substitute school teacher. Licensing and education requirements for regular public school teachers tend to be very restrictive. However,for substitute teachers one only needs a four year college degree (in some states the requirement may only be a two year degree).

Experience and continuing education are generally not required, although finger printing and a criminal background check are often mandatory (and can delay your being hired by as much as a semester).

Most school districts give teachers a set number of paid personal days to use as sick days or anything else which means that first, the schools will often call and schedule you two or three days in advance and, second, since the teachers usually have to take the days or lose them, there is a high demand for substitute teachers.

The work day is usually four to seven hours and the pay, depending upon the state and district, can be as high as $100 or more per day. You can also usually decline specific assignments without being penalized.

9. College adjunct faculty. These are part-time college or technical school positions involving the teaching of a course for the term.

For academic subjects an advanced (Masters or PhD) degree is usually required. For technical and vocational a degree programs a bachelor or lower degree may be required or the school may only require verifiable experience in the field being taught (usually five or more years).

These positions are usually for the current term with no guarantees for the next term (continued work usually depends upon enrollment in the course). With the increasing demand for on-line education, we can probably expect an increase in adjunct instructor positions.

Military Reserves and National Guard offer part-time opportunities (National Guard KC-97 Air tanker at the PIma Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ)
Military Reserves and National Guard offer part-time opportunities (National Guard KC-97 Air tanker at the PIma Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ) | Source

10 Military reserves and National Guard. This can be a part-time job once you complete training, which is about 6 months or more full-time duty in your branch of service, unless you have previous military service in which case this is usually waived.

After training the duty is normally one evening a week or one weekend a month and two weeks of active duty sometime during the year. Of course in time of war your unit can be activated by the President and you will find yourself engaged full-time overseas.

Reserve and National Guard units can also be called to duty by the President for national emergencies (such as the current use of National Guard along the border to stem the tide of illegal immigration) or by the Governor for state emergencies (hurricanes, floods, and riots).

When called to active duty you receive regular pay and benefits according to your rank.

For part-time reserve duty (the one evening a week or one weekend a month and the two weeks per year active duty training) you generally receive pay and benefits according to your rank for the two week duty and one day's pay according to rank for each four hour block of reserve duty.

You also receive points toward a military pension.

There Are Many Ways to Make Money Part-Time

Dog Cleanup: A part-time job created by the need to clean up after our dogs.
Dog Cleanup: A part-time job created by the need to clean up after our dogs. | Source

© 2006 Chuck Nugent


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    • Angela Kane profile image

      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Many job seekers decided to look for part-time employment when the job outlook was worser to get hired. Great article and hub.

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      Chuck Nugent 5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      MelindaJGH - thanks for the comment. I haven't done any substitute teaching in the last 15 years but the early morning phone calls for jobs was the main source of jobs in both Rochester, New York and later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A decade or so later in Tucson, Arizona I was usually called early in the morning but I also sometimes get calls two or three days in advance as teachers were allowed to take time off for personal reasons and these were always scheduled in advance.

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      MelindaJGH 5 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting article on part-time employment.

      I'd like to add information about substitute teaching. For the most part, substitute teachers need to be available for early-morning phone calls for same-day subbing assignments or in our New York county, substitutes check daily for web listings of the needs of individual districts with which the sub has contracted. The sub can accept or reject available assignments. In competitive school districts, a sub who does not accept frequent assignments may not receive future calls.

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      buddhaanalysis 5 years ago

      very good article!! thanks i needed guidance.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Great hub! There is an online agency in the UK that has reported that there register has quadrupled for part-time work. So it just goes to show that part-time work is not only in demand but is also convenient and beneficial to employers and employees alike.

      Voted up.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      This information is very useful for those who are looking for a part time job. Voted up and shared.

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      Keith Schroeder 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I can attest to #7 (bookkeeper.) My office increase our bookkeeper staff over 300% this year. Many of these people will move up the ladder to high wage/high benefit positions in the near future.

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      Chuck Nugent 6 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Pam Walker - this Hub was written in December of 2006 and the overall U.S. economy was running at near full employment with some areas having unemployment of 1% - 2% or less. In this case the definition of unemployment is people who are not employed but who are actively looking for work and have the skills needed for the available jobs.

      Today, unemployment is high - in double digits in some areas. However, I have seen some reports that certain industries, like IT services and other specialty areas where employers are having difficulty finding people with the needed skills. I have also seen reports that North and South Dakota have unemployment at 5% or below which is very low.

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      Pam Walker 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Just a little curious as to what regions unemployment is approaching zero, because I thought that our economy problem as well as unemployment was global? Can you perhaps shed a little light as to where you found this statistic? Thank you!

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      Angela Kane 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very good and informative article.

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      angry birds 6 years ago

      Great hub , thanks ! :d

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      lace wedding dresses 6 years ago

      This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in this site, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the good work.

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      PiaC 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Another great Hub, Chuck! I have a friend who is looking into entering the workforce after having a baby, and I'll pass this Hub along. Thanks a lot for writing!

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      powerofknowledge1 6 years ago

      Great article!

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      clynn10884 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      I am at the moment looking for part-time work, and tried some of these places you mentioned. For some reason I still cannot get hired. I have a clean background record, good with people, can do monday through friday, and have a vehicle. I do not know the problem. Anyway great article.

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      Drew Breezzy 6 years ago from somewhere in my mind

      Waiters make that bank! But have to bust their butt for it!

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      thedutchman 6 years ago

      These are all helpful tips in widening your options in choosing a part-time job. Great post. You can also grab a holiday after a tiring job and visit France. Read this hub to guide you http://hubpages.com/hub/Going-To-France-In-The-Off...

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      6hotfingers3 7 years ago

      Useful information. It's a good start towards reaching financial goals. Keep up the good work!

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      Valeed 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Great ideas for part time jobs:)

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      Trinsick 7 years ago from Cali

      I think most people would agree with part time job online being the ones that come to mind, it might be because of our community here at hubpages.

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      EzeeIncome 7 years ago

      Good ideas are for implementation. Thanks for your good ideas.

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      amber.page 7 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa

      This article is a tremendous help for me, it sprung some ideas I'll remember when I look for a part time job next month! I am a stay at home mom, I related to this well. Thanks for the tips :-)

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      ankigarg87 7 years ago

      What a great hub and filled with great information.

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      PR_am 7 years ago from Oregon

      Useful resources. Thanks for sharing

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      Bhavesh960 7 years ago

      Great hub thanks 4 ideas .

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      Joydeep 7 years ago

      Something to think about...really awesome article..I loved it.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Nice hub. These are some really good ideas.

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      TeaLover 7 years ago from The Beach

      Great Hub, making money at home online does require a stick with it attitude. The money may not be fast, but it does come.

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      ETwelve - I agree with you. However, I have suggested this to a number of people when they are seeking advice on earning extra money and it doesn't appeal to them.

      There are a number of reasons for this:

      1 many people feel that they either have no talent for writing and/or don't want to take the time to learn how to make money on the Internet.

      2 It takes time to establish yourself and start earning an income online and many people don't want to either wait and/or gamble that the time and work they invest will actually pay off

      3 Not everyone makes money online - just look at the number of people posting on the Forums, in the request sections and in comments sections on HubPages who question why they aren't making any money with HubPages.

      4 Many people also are not entrepreneurial and prefer the security of a regular paycheck to the fluctuating income from what is essentially freelance work.

      That said, I totally agree with you and like the fact that, now that I have over 500 Hubs published and a growing readership, I can continue to make money even when temporary events prevent me from publishing articles for a few weeks.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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      ETwelve 7 years ago from Montreal, Canada

      Good advice but I think Rather than part time jobs you should go for Internet marketing and you can make money passively. Initially it is a lot of work but I can tell that once that starts paying then it is in reality very passive.

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      katie54321 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Love the picture for cleaning up after dogs! I could use that here (just kidding). I think that it's important to not consider any job beneath you when looking for a part time job. If you need the money and the work there is no shame in the job you do. I'd rather see someone working at a job that is supposedly "beneath them" but allows them to provide for their friends and family.

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      mark 7 years ago

      aniother one is doing network marketing. You can work on your free time in the day or night marketing your products or do it at home doing online selling. Plus the commissions are good source of residual income.

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      Chuck Nugent 7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      dk23456789 - thanks for visiting and for the link you gave.

      I checked your link and the jobs offered were taking online surveys. This is an option however, I have tried many of these in the past and, while I made a few dollars from some, the low revenue streams did not justify the time required to earn it. These are a great diversion and way to pick up a few extra dollars while taking a break while working on a computer at home but I doubt one could support themselves on earnings generated from these operations.

      Thanks again for commenting and sharing.

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      dk23456789 7 years ago

      You better have a look at http://scamfreehomejob.webs.com/

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      dnrkrishnan25 7 years ago

      nice articles.......

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      Marliza Gunter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Good hub...

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      Dylan Thomas 7 years ago from New York City

      Nice, thanks.

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      Marie Ryan 8 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      I'm going to send this link to my daughters who NEED PART-TIME JOBS or ANY king of job!!


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      TheVerbalAxiom 8 years ago

      Sweet dude, great hub, a lot of people need a job these days.

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      hdy 8 years ago from Texas

      great hub!

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      Roger  8 years ago

      One thing not mentioned is telecommuting jobs that can be done part time. These are best, as you can do them from home on your own time, so if you have more time one day than the next, you can finish up your part time work without adhering to a strict schedule.

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      Bmystic57 8 years ago from Sheldon,Tx

      you write about some good ideas here.

      thanks for the info

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      snehal welde 8 years ago

      very informative and helpful hub thanks for sharing

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      Bridgesan 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      So there is ops left...

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      Camas Articuladas 8 years ago

      Interesting! Great Hub.

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      Nail Technician 8 years ago

      I think getting some nail training and becoming a nail technician is also a great option, because you have the ability to work for yourself and choose your own hours.


      good hub on that.

      Great list of options though!

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      Free God Of War 8 years ago

      With all the difficulties I find hard to think people are looking for part-time jobs. Anyway, I think your suggestion are great!

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      Chuck Nugent 8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Helen Thompson - thanks for the comment. I have a friend who drove school bus for many years as it provided a steady income during the school year but still left him time for his real estate business. Between the two he had the benefit of a regular hourly income as a school bus driver and a higher, but irregular, commission income from real estate.

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      Helen Thompson 8 years ago

      Great information! Thank you!

      One other one that is becoming very popular is school bus driver - it's a great set of hours, leaving the day and evenings open, and gives summers and holidays off.

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      Jake 8 years ago

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      lots of great ideas

      I added this hub as a link on mine

      New career ideas

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      P Morgan 8 years ago

      GOod tips, thanks!

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      wannabehappy1179 9 years ago