Part-Time Job Overview and Description

Part-time work can be a great option for students, elderly, or anybody looking to bring in some income but are unable to work a full work week. Part-time work is offered throughout all industry and the type of work varies widely. The demand for part-time employment has experienced an increase. Depending on the structure of the company, taking a part-time job can sometimes lead to a full-time position.

Retail and hospitality are the most common types of part-time work. When the economy is on a downturn, companies tend to offer more part-time jobs that do not require them to offer benefits.

What is Part-Time work?

Part-time work is work that isn’t considered full-time. It is based on working less than the minimum full-time hour requirement. The Bureau of Labor statistics defined full-time work as working 35 or more hours a week, however this varies widely depending on the state and the company.

What are the different types of Part-Time work?

  • Retail Work. Work in a store or call center and interacts daily with the customer.
  • Hospitality Work. Lodging, food and drink industry, housekeeping, human resources, kitchen workers.
  • Office work. Administrative and receptionist type jobs.
  • Construction. Usually involves operating heavy equipment, loading and unloading materials, assisting tradesmen on construction sites.

What type of education do you need?

The level of education will vary widely and is usually based on the skills required to complete your job. Some part-time work does not even require a high school diploma and any training needed is almost always provided by the employer. Other types of employment, such as a part-time accounting position, will require a related degree and some experience.

What is a typical salary for Part-Time jobs?

Salaries vary widely and depends on what state and industry a part-time job is in. Many part-time jobs in retail and service industries make around minimum wage, while some part-time workers, like servers and bartenders, work on tips.

Many other part-time positions based on skill level and experience do pay more. The average annual salary for part-time workers is around $27,284.

What are job requirements for Part-Time jobs?

Applicants without any type of degree or work experience will be able to find part-time work. Good communication skills, ability to work in a team and follow directions given are a good place to start if you do not have any work experience. Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software are good to know if you are looking to find work in an office. The type of skills and education required for a job will be specified by the company in their job posting.

Where can you find a Part-Time job listing?

You can search for a part-time listing through websites like CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, SimplyHired, and You can also check through your local newspaper or do a general web search for part-time jobs in your area. Applicants may also apply in store or print and fill out their resume prior to visiting a store location.

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