High paying jobs for college students — 5 ways to maximize your time and put more cash in your pocket!

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Unless you are Donald Trump or Tim Cook, you may be looking for a job that offers a little more cash flow. And if the basic on-campus jobs like working as a cashier at the bookstore or flipping burgers at the dining hall aren’t your cups of tea, don’t stress. High paying jobs for college students aren’t as difficult to find as you might think. No, you won’t be earning a six-figure salary, but you might be able to make enough income to help offset some major expenses and still have enough left over to paint the town red on the weekends. So check out these hot jobs and follow five simple tips you’ll be raking in the cash in no time!

Off to work

According to the StudentPayouts.com article, “High Paying Student Jobs For 2013,” there are a number of great employment opportunities for students, both off and on campus. Although these may not be your glamour jobs, they do offer some great part-time options:

  • Off-campus computer lab assistant (average hourly wage: $21.78)
  • On-campus administrative assistant (average hourly wage: $19.57)
  • Aerobic Instructor or Fitness Trainer (average hourly wage: $15.86)
  • On- or off-campus mail or copy center clerk (average hourly wage: $12.50)
  • On-campus library assistant (average hourly wage: $11.42)
  • Off-campus bank teller (average hourly wage: $11.36)
  • On- or off-campus desk clerk (average hourly wage: $9.00)

 Get paid to study

If you are more interested in studying on the job, check out the “Paid to Study” section in “Paying for College – Best (Paying) Jobs For Full Time College Students,” an article on HubPages. Here, the author offers some great advice for both on- and off-campus employment. If you are open to different possibilities, “on campus options could include working in the college library, checking ID cards at the dining hall or at your dorm’s security desk, or working as a Resident Assistant.”

If you are ready and willing to branch out, “there are several options off-campus as well – working as an after-school nanny will let you study alongside the kids, and evening babysitting jobs will provide time for homework once your young charges head to bed. You could also study while housesitting or petsitting, or by working the overnight ‘awake’ shift in a residential care facility.”

 The fabulous five!

Now that you have a better idea of what jobs are out there, it’s time for you to start your search. Follow these five tips and you’ll be smiling all the way to the bank (even if you don’t work there!):

  1. Don’t limit yourself
    Who says that you can only have one job? You can tutor students on Monday and Fridays, teach an aerobics class on Tuesdays and still be an RA!
  2. Broaden your horizons
    Yes, the Internet is a great place to search for jobs, but expand your job search to include local newspapers and your campus career center. Heck, stop by the university library or tech support center and inquire about a job, or ask your Econ professor if he needs an administrative assistant or babysitter. Just because they aren’t advertising doesn’t mean they aren’t hiring!
  3. Tie into your major
    If you are an education major, stop by the campus childcare facility to see if they offer part-time positions. Interested in art? Check out the local gallery and ask if a receptionist or desk clerk position is available. If you can tie your student job into your future career, not only will you have an advantage over the competition, you will have some stellar references for your resume!
  4. Get creative
    If you can’t find a job that you love, create one for yourself! Need some help getting started? Check out “5 Great Freelance Jobs for College Students” posted on HBCU Lifestyle on July 30, 2012.
  5. Network
    You are in college and your list of references may be slim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into the resources that you do have. For instance, ask your teaching assistant if she knows about any upcoming job openings at your college. If you don’t have any contacts, create your own flyers and post your services around campus. Once your name gets out, you’ll have more housesitting jobs than you can handle!

Already have a student job? Let us know how you ended up snagging it!

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