With the start of fall classes looming near, high school grads are scrambling for quick cash this summer to help cover everything from tuition and books to food and housing. While unpaid summer internships can be a great transcript booster for those students with last-minute admissions concerns, some summer gigs can actually help you build your résumé while stacking up big bucks.
Put any computer skills you have to work for both your bank account and your résumé. Inquire with local businesses that could use help designing or maintaining their Web presence this summer, or look into freelance blogging/SEO work. You could just land a long-term position that pays well and allows you to work remotely from campus.
Many banking and finance jobs start at the higher end of the entry-level pay scale, and such institutions are known for hiring recent high school grads. The experience assisting with financial transactions can also be a big plus for students considering a related field—and since there are banks pretty much everywhere, it’s a skill you can take with you to college.
Service jobs can range from waiting tables to working as a barista or golf caddy. Luxury spending is up from recent years, too, so while the hourly wage often isn’t much to write home about, the tips can be substantial—especially if you’re comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and interacting with a lot of different kinds of people.
Yes, at-home childcare is still one of the most lucrative jobs out there for students. The national average is currently $12.50 per hour for babysitters, nannies, and even pet sitters.
Nonmedical Health Care/Pharmacy Assistant.
Given the ongoing growth in aging populations, health care jobs are in big demand across the country. Many medical assistance and entry-level pharmacy jobs don’t require a college degree, and some offer great hours and wages that are well above the national minimum of $7.25. Check out doctors’ offices, hospitals, and pharmacies in your area for opportunities this summer.
If none of these options appeals to you, there’s still good news: According to Forbes, The average pay among the top 10 jobs is $11.67 per hour, $4.42 per hour more than federal minimum wage. For the teen with 10 weeks available to work, that amounts to earning $4,668 a summer.” So get out there and score some summer cash for college!