Due to the economic crisis and the Great Recession over the last few years, more and more people have been turning to part time and temporary jobs in order to supplement their income. Most businesses are happier to take on several part-time workers, who are entitled to very little benefits, than employ just one full-time worker to do the same job. However, part time and temporary jobs can be perfect for those who want to supplement their income, try something new, or simply need to spend more time at home. Here are the top 14 part time jobs for 2015 that could get you out of that financial rut.
If you’re good with numbers and looking for a well-paid job then becoming an accountant could be just what you’re looking for. Okay, so you might need to go out and get yourself some qualifications first, but once you have then the world is your oyster. You can work part time for an accountancy firm whilst studying or even set up your own business working as many hours as you have spare. The median hourly wage for accountants is $30.55 which isn’t bad even if you are only working on a temp or part-time basis. Not only that, but the projected job growth by 2020 13% so there are likely to be plenty of openings long into the future. This is pretty handy if you’re looking at getting qualified beforehand! Becoming an accountant is no easy feat but it is pretty good money and there is likely to be a high demand for quite some time to come.
Here is another industry which requires quite a bit of study, but it can also be learned from the comfort of your own home. If you’re a bit of a tech whizz then you may be able to pick up computer programming just by teaching yourself. Most computer programmers, however, will go to college and get themselves a degree first. This is another job in which you can work part-time for a company or simply work as a freelancer; both from home or at company offices. If you’re really good at it then you can make a small fortune, too! The median hourly wage for a computer programmer is $35.71 which is one of the highest on this list. The projected job growth is only 8% however, as more and more programming tasks are done by computers. Silly programmers teaching computers how to do their job! Don’t let that percentage put you off though, there’s still going to be plenty of part-time and temp computer programming jobs for the foreseeable future.
Delivery Truck Driver
The great thing about this career path is you don’t need to be qualified in anything other than driving. As long as you’re an adept driver and don’t mind spending most of your working day in a vehicle then this could be the perfect part-time job for you. A delivery truck driver can also make a pretty penny if they use this role to supplement other income. Companies are always on the lookout for drivers who can cover evening and weekend shifts, when more people are in their home and ready to accept deliveries. If you already work a job during the day then this could be the extra income you’ve been looking for. The median hourly wage is just $13.23 for a delivery truck driver, but that doesn’t matter too much if you’re just using it to earn extra pocket money. With more people shopping online the projected job growth by 2020 is a fairly decent 5%.
The world of marketing has been booming recently, which is why becoming something like a graphics designer could be the way forward. If you’re a creative person who knows their way around Photoshop then you could find this to be the perfect career choice for you. Some people go to college to study this skill, whereas others are self-taught; it all depends on how good you are with computers and how artistic you are naturally. This is another role in which temping and freelancing will come into play quite often. Most businesses can’t afford to hire an in-house graphics designer and so they outsource their work to those who work on a part-time and/or temporary basis. You could even work from the comfort of your own home, as many hours as suits you. For a job that has so much flexibility the median hourly wage isn’t bad either. Graphic designers can expect to earn in the region of $21.22 for an hour of their time. The projected job growth of graphics designers is also 7% and so there should be plenty of work to come in the future.
If you are an analyst then you’re probably used to working on a part-time or temporary basis. Most companies, unless they’re of a huge scale, will not bother hiring a full time analyst for their office. Instead they will look to analyst companies or temps in order to fulfill their needs once in a while. Management analysts may not be needed for a business throughout the year, so you can freelance and work for a variety of different companies on a part-time or temporary basis. Becoming a management analyst doesn’t necessarily require a degree (although it helps) as you can actually get the training needed through analyst companies. Consider working part-time for an analyst company in order to learn the ropes, before setting off on your own and working as many hours as you want. The median hourly wage for a management analyst is a rather impressive $37.79 and this role is expected to grow up to 19% by 2020!
Market Research Analyst
Here’s another type of analyst role which is one of the best part time jobs in 2015. Not only that, but it is thought that by 2020 the job growth will be 32%! If you’re struggling to make a decision about your next career move then perhaps a market research analyst is the way forward. You may need to get a degree in marketing to secure yourself any decent work in this industry, but then you can also attempt to learn the ropes through an analysts company if possible. Whichever route you go down this career path is only going to grow over the next few years. Most companies are happy to employ a market research analyst in-house or hire a temporary freelancer, so there will always be a lot of opportunities to work around your other commitments. The median hourly wage for a market research analyst is an impressive $28.99, so get started on that training!
This is one of those seasonal jobs which is especially handy to bag just before Christmas. Lots of businesses are crying out for material movers during their peak seasons, in order to help shift a ton of inventory and meet demand. You may only be able to work on a part-time or temporary basis, however there are always opportunities to work your way up to management level if you’re good at your job. Get your foot in the door and you never know where things could lead! Being a material mover doesn’t require any qualifications and is a great way to supplement your income during the holiday seasons. You need extra money and warehouses need extra staff, it’s a win-win situation for all. The median hourly wage is only $11.04 but there is always a chance to progress. It’s thought that the projected job growth by 2020 is 10%, too.
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
In 2012 it used to be that most network and computer system administrators were full time employees, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, technology is rapidly improving and growing which is why businesses are now looking at hiring in extra help; this could be the reason there’s a predicted 12% job growth by 2020. Although they may have their own in-house team of computer experts, many businesses will look for part-time and temporary workers in order to help them with bigger projects. You could be working on a project for a few weeks, a month, or even a year, depending on the size of the network and computer system in question. This is a role in which you’ll need a lot of technical knowledge so you’re going to need to look into some training or a degree. You will also need to keep yourself up to date with all of the latest changes! No wonder the median hourly wage is $34.88.
Proof-Reader or Copy Marker
There are billions of words being written every day for big name publications, little known publishers and even businesses and websites. Not every single one of these organizations can afford to have their own proof-reader or copy marker, nor do they have the time to do it themselves. This industry has boomed in recent years, with more and more freelancers offering their services on a part-time or temporary basis. If you have an eye for detail and can prove your worth then you won’t even need a degree for this kind of role. You can also become a proof-reader or copy marker from the comfort of your own home. Many people cottoned onto this trend in recent years which is probably why the projected job growth by 2020 has dropped to 3%. It could also be why the median hourly wage has slumped to $15.93 also. Still, not bad going if it’s something you can do during your free time.
Writer or Author
Just like with proof-reading and copy marking, there are plenty of publishers and businesses out there looking for people to write their content. Newspapers, magazines, websites, and even blogs are looking to hire writers on a per article basis which gives you the flexibility to work part-time. However, this is another industry which has been flooded with people desperate to enjoy the ‘work from home’ promise that has become so popular in recent years; leading to just a 3% projected job growth by 2020. Luckily, if you have a way with words then you can easily get out there and start writing for a number of different businesses and publications. You can even pen your own book. The median hourly wage for a writer or author is $26.89, although those with the knack can make a lot more. Especially if you get yourself a book deal!
If you’re looking for a part-time job that lets you unleash your creativity then perhaps becoming a hair stylist is the way forward. It is also in the top 10 of least stressful jobs in the US; probably because you get to spend most of the day having a chat with all your clients. Of course, to be a successful hair stylist you’re going to need some training. Most trainees will work part time in a hair salon and then use the rest of their time to learn more at college. You can even set up your own business and make it more of a full time venture, if that’s what you want to do. The median hourly wage for a hair stylist is $13.24 but you can make quite a bit extra in tips and even more if you’re planning on going self-employed. The projected job growth is a pretty decent 13%, which means there should always be work going spare.
Here’s another one for the creative; and yet another which is supposed to be virtually stress-free. If you’ve always seen yourself as the next Vivienne Westwood then maybe a career as a seamstress or tailor is the right path for you. You can work part-time for some of the big name fashion brands, on a temporary basis during important fashion events, or even work from the comfort of your own home as a freelancer. This is another role where you don’t really need a degree to progress, although it probably would help if you’ve never had any fashion experience. Once you know everything you need to know about the world of a seamstress or tailor it is all then just down to having that artistic flair. The median hourly wage is fairly low at $14.10 and there’s only a projected 1% job growth, but get in with the right crowd and you could be making millions.
Becoming a dietician may take some work, but it is an extremely rewarding job that works perfectly with a part-time or temporary mindset. You can work in hospitals, clinics, people’s homes or even from your own home, as little or as often as you want. Plus, with the rates of obesity rising you will find that the projected job growth for this career path is rising too; 21% by 2020 according to statistics. Most dieticians will have received in-depth training and the proper qualifications in order to gain work from reputable companies and big name clients. If you’re willing to put in the hours then you can make a pretty impressive profit from this career path; the median hourly wage is $27.07 and that will only continue to rise as you expand your client base.
Forklift operators, like material movers, are in high demand during the high peak and seasonal times of year. As things start to get busier for businesses and warehouses (such as Christmas) they begin to reach out for more forklift operators to help them meet demand. There are plenty of part-time and temporary forklift operators who will flit from company to company during the year. The great thing is that not everyone can operate a forklift safely, so companies will always be on the lookout for those with the right training. Once you’ve received your forklift license it should be easy to get some work in. Plus, it’s supposed to be the least stressful job in the US. The pay and job growth are the only drawbacks, with a $15.50 median hourly wage and a 1% projected job growth.