8 of the most in-demand seasonal jobs for 2015

If all you want for Christmas is a job, now is the time to make your move.

‘Tis the season for temporary employment.

Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash for holiday spending, or you’re hoping to find something that can turn into a full-time gig, now is the time to land a seasonal job.

Plenty of employers all over the country increase their staff levels for the months of November and December.

Retails companies alone – where most seasonal positions can be found – said they’d be adding about 755,000 jobs this season, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

If retail isn’t your thing, don’t fret. There are tons of other options available this year.

Here are eight in-demand jobs this holiday season, according to CareerCast.com:


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Annual employment trends show an increase in kitchen staffing every year around the holiday season. For the culinary-inclined, seasonal employment as a chef may be your best option to get started in the field.

Material moving machine operator


Warehouse staff is vital for major chains, particularly at this time of year. Major hirers like Target and Amazon will rely on new staff to handle moving materials and products at distribution centers.

Customer service representative

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Retailers and other businesses meeting high customer volume need temporary employees to field inquiries and process requests.

Material recording clerk

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With so much going out from distribution centers at the holidays, recording clerks are needed to keep logs and ensure orders at met properly.


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From Santa Clauses and elves, to magicians and musicians, the festivities of the holiday season make this a promising time for performers of varying stripes to find work.

Parcel deliverer

Everyone wants their loved ones to receive gifts, care packages and cards before the holidays. Bulked up staffing from parcel delivery companies like UPS and FedEx make it possible.



Professional photographers are in high demand this season. A photographer can find part-time, seasonal work working at Santa Claus villages, or independently, taking family holiday card photos.

Retail salesperson


Traditional retailers see their highest traffic at the holidays, necessitating more staffers to meet the demand.