11 high-paying jobs college students can do in their spare time

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You don’t have to wait until you have a degree to get a job and start paying off your college debt.

The key to finding a part-time job for a busy college student is to look for high-quality positions with a flexible schedule that are from a trustworthy source, says Brie Reynolds, director of online content at FlexJobs.

“There are a lot of scams in work-from-home jobs, so college students should be aware of them and be cautious when searching,” she explains.

To get you started, here’s a list of 11 high-paying part-time jobs for college students from FlexJobs:

Natalie Walters contributed to a previous version of this article.


Writer

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Flickr / John Loo

Pay: Up to $55 an hour

Description:Writers work as employees or freelancers and must have excellent writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to work under deadlines. Depending on the writing job, a writer will be responsible for creating specific and focused content in one or more subject areas.


Content editor

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Flickr / Tony Alter

Pay: Up to $40 an hour

Description: Working with a style guide, content editors ensure accurate grammar, spelling, and quick turnaround with sometimes high volumes of content to edit.


Online researcher

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

Pay: Up to $37 an hour

Description:Online researchers support business professionals by researching questions to deliver clients with high quality answers and personable explanations. Excellent research skills and the ability to find quality content are a must. Expertise in certain areas as well as general knowledge of business is desired.


Grant analyst

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Pay: Up to $32 an hour

Description:Grant analyst jobs typically require a year of prior experience reviewing and approving grant paperwork, as well as working to prepare and submit funding requests.


Web designer

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Flickr / VFS Digital Design

Pay: $32 an hour

Description:Web designers are responsible for the graphic-design elements of websites. In these roles, designers create, update, and manage web-design elements, and they need to have design experience.


Non-profit charity fundraiser

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Highways Agency/Flickr

Pay: Up to $30 an hour

Description:This job entails supporting a nonprofit and its affiliated fundraising activities. Public-facing work experience is needed.


Night auditor

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Flickr/Paulien Osse

Pay: Up to $29 an hour

Description: Night auditors work at hotels during overnight shifts to do paperwork, assist with guest relations, and support bookkeeping operations. Night auditor jobs require math skills, computing skills, and basic accounting knowledge.


Social media assistant

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VFS Digital Design/Flickr

Pay: Up to $21 an hour

Description:Social media assistants often work part-time managing social media channels and assisting companies with content marketing.


Guest service coordinator

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Getty Images / Andreas Rentz

Pay: Up to $21 an hour

Description: Guest service jobs are heavy on customer service and are offered by a huge variety of industries, from nonprofits to travel and tourism. Guest service coordinators work with customers, provide clerical support, and help resolve issues.


Circulation clerk

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Flickr/mosaic36

Pay: Up to $19 an hour

Description:Circulation clerks work in libraries to help assist library patrons and create positive experiences for visitors. Basic office knowledge and experience and a background in customer service is needed for this kind of job.


Freelance product photographer

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Jeff Hitchcock/flickr

Pay: Up to $20 an hour

Description: Make no mistake – photography side jobs require someone who is highly skilled in photography and related software for editing and retouching photos. Photography experience is almost always required, and graphic design and Photoshop experience is a plus.