The 30 Best Part-Time Jobs in the World

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With work-life balance becoming an important factor of our day-to-day lives, many young millennials are opting for part-time or more flexible jobs, and generally, fewer working hours.

Forget your typical 9-to-5 job – part-time work has many benefits and has exploded in popularity, with employers and recruiters moving towards a more creative and relaxed working environment.

If you’re a jobseeker looking for high-paying, part-time work, look no further! We’ve listed the most popular career options below!

1. School Bus Driver

If you have children in school and need a job that works around their schedule, why not consider becoming a school bus driver? You’ll work while you’re on the morning run – talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Average Hourly Rate: $15.28 (£11.01)

2. Tutor

Have you always liked the thought of teaching but can’t stand the thought of long hours and multiple children? As a tutor, you can have a one-on-one lesson with students and arrange a teaching schedule that suits you.

Average Hourly Rate: $17.78 (£12.82)

3. Handyman

If you’re a jack of all trades, you can work as a handyman repairing equipment or appliances and performing general maintenance on buildings – and can earn decent pay while doing it.

Average Hourly Rate: $20.43 (£14.73)

4. Dance Teacher

If dancing is your passion, with the right qualifications you’ll be able to find work teaching in a dance school. You can also rent out your own space and teach classes in the evenings or on weekends, or you can do it from your local sports centre.

Average Hourly Rate: $20.79 (£14.99)

5. Fitness Instructor

Like dancing, fitness instructors have the flexibility of choosing their own working environment and hours. If you have established a name for yourself, you can do personal training sessions from home (if you have your own makeshift gym) or you can be creative and arrange outdoor circuit training classes.

Average Hourly Rate: $19.64 (£14.16)

6. Music Teacher

If you’re qualified to teach a certain instrument, you can give music lessons to students looking to learn to play that instrument. Lessons are usually taught in the afternoon and evenings, so you have the flexibility to take on another side gig if needed.

Average Hourly Rate: $29.20 (£21.06)

7. Make-Up Artist

It can take a while to make a name for yourself in the beauty industry, and many make-up artists start off by working in popular stores like Mac while taking on weekend jobs for weddings (charging as much as £250-£300 per bridal package, when you’ve established your own client list).

Average Hourly Rate: $17.10 (£12.33)

8. Nail Technician

Nail technicians are in popular demand, especially if they’re talented. They can work in a beauty salon, as a mobile freelancer or from home.

Average Hourly Rate: $10.34 (£7.46)

9. Photographer

Becoming a photographer can be expensive, especially when you’re just starting out, but you can earn a high income in just a few hours. You can also choose to work in a variety of industries depending on whether you want to travel or stay in your local area.

Average Hourly Rate: $15.98 (£11.52)

10. Singer

Getting a singing gig can pay well, but the cost won‘t cover the amount of practice that will go into your performance. You’ll also need to be really flexible with your working schedule.

Average Hourly Rate: $43.80 (£31.58)

11. DJ

Professional DJs also earn big bucks for just a few hours of work. As a DJ, you can find work at music festivals, weddings, events and nightclubs.

Average Hourly Rate: $40.00 (£28.85)

12. Registered Nurse

Registered nurses don’t necessarily have to work in hospitals; some work remotely as home care aides or on a freelance basis.

Average Hourly Rate: $28.96 (£20.89)

13. Mobile App Developer

As a mobile app developer, you can work on a number of different projects for multiple clients and earn a high income per task.

Average Hourly Rate: $24.60 (£17.74)

14. Digital Marketing Specialist

As a digital marketing specialist, you can keep track of a business’s online footprint from the comfort of your own home. Your responsibilities will mainly be overseeing a brand’s email, search engine and social media marketing campaigns.

Average Hourly Rate: $17.86 (£12.88)

15. Software Developer

As a software developer, you’ll be involved in building products or systems for your clients. You’ll be responsible for the entire development, testing and maintenance process of software programs.

Average Hourly Rate: $27.63 (£19.92)

16. Childcare Assistant

As a childcare assistant, you can work with cute little babies all morning, and will have the afternoon at your leisure. This role is perfect for a working mum or a student training to be a nursery teacher.

Average Hourly Rate: $9.97 (£7.19)

17. Writer

As a writer, you can produce text for different businesses. You can work on a part-time basis, in-house for an organisation or work as a freelancer and take on different projects for a number of clients.

Average Hourly Rate: $20.16 (£14.54)

18. Graphic Designer

If you have a creative eye and are trained at using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, you can work in this highly competitive market.

Average Hourly Rate: $16.65 (£12.00)

19. Bartender

Bartending can be a great choice if you’re a university student looking for a part-time job. The late shifts won’t affect your studies and the generous tips will add a large amount of change in your back pocket.

Average Hourly Rate: $7.69 (£5.55)

20. Physical Therapist

To be a trusted physical therapist, you’ll need a degree and a lot of work experience under your belt. If you’ve specialised in injuries and sports medicine, you can work on a part-time basis with sports clubs.

Average Hourly Rate: $38.28 (£27.60)

21. Massage Therapist

Massage therapists reduce and relieve pain using a variety of different techniques. If you’re qualified in beauty therapy, you can work as a mobile therapist or with a specific parlour.

Average Hourly Rate: $19.56 (£14.10)

22. Accountant

Accountants are in high-demand during tax season which is when organisations or individuals might hire part-time accounting support. Alternatively, you can work for yourself and manage your personal clients throughout the year.

Average Hourly Rate: $19.52 (£14.07)

23. Interior Designer

Get your creative juices flowing, and work as a part-time interior designer transforming standard homes or buildings into masterpieces.

Average Hourly Rate: $19.53 (£14.08)

24. Life Coach

As a life coach, you’ll offer a helping hand to people, helping them build their confidence and make personal decisions and career choices.

Average Hourly Rate: $34.44 (£24.83)

25. Psychologist

Although you’ll need at least a master’s degree to enter this profession, being a psychologist pays extremely well, making it one of the highest-paying part-time jobs in the world.

Average Hourly Rate: $44.10 (£31.80)

26. Nanny

Trusting nannies are hard to find, and they’re in even more demand than ever before, with many parents working to make ends meet. If you love being around children, this career choice can be the ideal one for you.

Average Hourly Rate: $14.55 (£10.49)

27. Travel Agent

Do you love going on holiday and exploring the world? If so, why not follow a part-time career as a travel agent where you can advise clients about the hidden treasures in your favourite countries (and make a lot of commission in the process)?

Average Hourly Rate: $14.97 (£10.79)

28. Dental Hygienist

Although you’ll need an associate degree, you can make a decent salary working in this low-stress profession.

Average Hourly Rate: $33.13 (£23.88)

29. Pharmacist

As a pharmacist, you’ll be responsible for evaluating and monitoring drug therapies related to the needs of homecare patients.

Average Hourly Rate: $57.02 (£41.11)

30. Real Estate Agent

As a real estate agent, you need to find the perfect properties for your clients in order to get your commission. You’ll need the appropriate licensing to work in this field and a car to drive your customers to viewings.

Average Hourly Rate: $20.85 (£15.00)

It’s true: you don’t have to work over 40 hours a week to earn a decent salary, and these part-time jobs are suitable for maintaining a career and a personal life, too.

Do you work on a part-time basis? If not, which job is the most appealing to you from the list above? Join in on the conversation below to let us know…

Salary information is based on data compiled and published by PayScale. Currency conversions are based on rates supplied by on 12 March 2018.