The 10 Best Part-Time (or Temp) Jobs

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More Americans are working part-time these days. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 27 million employees worked part-time in January.

Although some employees prefer part-time (or temporary) work, still others have been forced to accept a reduced-hour job because of a lack of permanent, full-time jobs, especially post-recession. We discuss that here: “Are Part-Time and Temp Jobs the New Normal?”

Job search website CareerCast recently compiled its list of the best part-time and temporary gigs for 2015.

The best part-time jobs for 2015 run the full spectrum of the three avenues that constitute part-time employment. One is the traditional part-time job, which offers steady employment at fewer than 40 hours per week. Another is freelance or consulting employment, and the third is seasonal.

My profession, writers/authors, made the list. Although the median hourly wage is $26.89, there is a mere 3 percent hiring outlook.

I love my job. I work about four hours a day, and I arrange my work hours around my kids’ schedules. It’s perfect.

Here are the CareerCast 10 best part-time jobs for 2015:

  • Accountant. Median hourly wage: $30.55. Hiring outlook: 13 percent.
  • Computer programmer. Median hourly wage: $35.71. Hiring outlook: 8 percent.
  • Delivery truck driver. Median hourly wage: $13.23. Hiring outlook: 5 percent.
  • Graphic designer. Median hourly wage: $21.11. Hiring outlook: 7 percent.
  • Management analyst. Median hourly wage: $37.79. Hiring outlook: 19 percent.
  • Market research analyst. Median hourly wage: $28.99. Hiring outlook: 32 percent.
  • Material movers. Median hourly wage: $11.04. Hiring outlook: 10 percent.
  • Network and computer systems administrator. Median hourly wage: $34.88. Hiring outlook: 12 percent.
  • Proofreader/copy maker. Median hourly wage: $15.93. Hiring outlook: 3 percent.
  • Writers/authors. Median hourly wage: $26.89. Hiring outlook: 3 percent.

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