Good Job Ideas for College Students


For most students, a job is not a want but a need. While it can be challenging to handle a work schedule while still making time for study and maybe even a little play, college students, like all people, need money to live. If you find yourself in need of some cash while in college, consider your job options and select the temporary occupation that fits you best.

Campus Food Service

  • Make money without venturing off of campus by working for campus food service. While some lament the commonly low pay and decided lack of glamor of the job, it certainly has its benefits. Campus food-service jobs are usually quite flexible, because management knows that students have school schedules to contend with. Additionally, the job is low in stress because all workers need to do is prepare and serve simple meals to fellow students.


  • Use your intelligence as a money-making tool by working as a campus tutor. Some colleges have organized tutoring services that employ students. If yours does not, create and post flyers on message boards in campus buildings. List all of the courses that you have successfully completed. If you earned an A in the course, you can likely help another student do the same.

Tour Guide

  • Tour-guide jobs are ideal for students who possess school pride and have an outgoing personality. If you love to talk and feel that you would be a good emissary for your school, consider obtaining a tour-guide job. To see what qualifications you must have and how the hiring process works at your school, visit the admissions office. Commonly, you will have to audition and interview for a job of this type.

Waiting Tables

  • Waiting tables can be a highly lucrative occupation. While the job does entail a lot of time on your feet, the hiring requirements are usually quite reasonable, and in most towns you can easily find a job of this type. While servers at higher-priced restaurants do have to contend with more dress and conduct restrictions, servers at pricey eateries commonly make more in tips.

Industry Internship

  • While a internship is much more difficult to come by than an entry-level college job--and usually does not pay--it will give you experience in your selected field. If you can work as an office assistant or trainee in a facility that offers services related to your major, take advantage of the opportunity. The experience you obtain will be invaluable when it comes time to enter the workforce.

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