5 Best Careers for Night Owls

5 Best Careers for Night Owls

Are you already on your fifth coffee of the morning? Do you joke that you need to receive your coffee intravenously? Are you struggling to keep your eyes open, and annoying your coworkers with your constant yawning? As a night owl, your 9-5 job is going against your nature. If you’re looking for a career change, try one of these five jobs that will work with your natural sleep schedule, rather than against it.


Since drinking alcohol in the morning is generally frowned upon, you’ll never have to be at work at 9 am. Your shift will start around the dinner hour, and go into the wee hours of the night. If you’re an outgoing night owl, this is the perfect job for you.

The median salary for full time bartenders is $16,400, though remember, that number doesn’t include tips. The general rule for tipping at a bar is $1 per drink, so if you’re working in a busy bar, you can make a very respectable living.

Security guard

If staying up all night long is more your thing, look into a career as a security guard. Many companies hire security guards to work the night shift. You’ll be on the lookout for crimes like theft and violence, though how often you actually have to deal with those things will vary. This can be an isolating and boring job, but you won’t have to wake up early anymore.

The median salary for this job is $21,500 per year. 

Office cleaners

The best time to clean an office is after everyone that works there has gone home, so you won’t have to start work until late in the afternoon. You will responsible for cleaning up everyone’s messes, so if you hate cleaning, this isn’t the job for you. Expect to spend your evenings vacuuming, emptying garbage bins, and cleaning out the office fridge.

You can look forward to a median salary of $31,300


If you’d rather work from home, and have some writing skill, this could be the career for you. As a freelance writer, you set your own schedule. Clients won’t care that you’re writing at 3 am, as long as the work is done on time. Try writing for magazines, businesses, or blogs.

The median salary for writers is $56,200

Fine artist

Do your talents lie more in the visual arts than in the written word? Consider becoming a painter, sculptor or illustrator. You won’t need to drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn to create art; you can work late at night, instead. If you sell your art on your own website, you won’t ever have to wake up early.

The median salary for people in this field is $42,000

As a night owl, you don’t need to struggle to wake up every morning. There are many jobs that don’t require a 9-5 schedule, and will let you work during the evening hours, when you feel more awake. 

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