Ten hottest jobs for a modest education

Indian Head, MD - Getting into a new line of work can be challenging, if not impossible. Many occupations take years of studying and even then, your efforts are not guaranteed to bear fruit. Luckily, there are a lot of jobs out there that require minimal preparation and training with little to zero cost. These jobs are perfect for any student out there looking to make some extra cash on the side while living that college life. Let us take a look at some of the options available in an around your city.

Administrative assistant

While it does not sound too exciting, being an office assistant has multiple benefits. With minimal preparation, you will be able to earn an insight into what it means to operate in an office environment, gain some valuable administrative knowledge and earn money on the side. Best of all, you can apply some of that college education and see how theory works when you use it in practice. A lot of web sites out there help students (and others) find their next part-time job, so there’s really no reason not to take a look.


It may come as a surprise, but many parents are just unable to spend the day with their kids because both of them are working. This is where young responsible people come in and give them a helping hand, in return for a modest compensation. This is the kind of work that is more demanding when it comes to personal discipline and responsibility; you are taking care of a child (or more than one). If you think you have what it takes, why not give it a try; you might get surprised and realize you’re good at it.


If you think, you are too clumsy, stop right there. Bartending is more than taking a tray full of drinks to a table. It is a pretty nice way of earning cash while working in a relaxed environment; and think of all the tips. Bartending is the go-to job of many college students because of its accessibility and zero cost towards preparing yourself. Being dressed nicely, putting on a smile and focusing on your work is all it takes. Just make sure you do not spill anything.

Graphic designer

While it may require some preparation and research beforehand, working as a designer will eventually bring you more money than you have anticipated. So much so that you might consider it your full-time job later on. Do some research on how to use graphic programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Search the web for inspiration and examples on pages dedicated to graphic design. It is all about catering to your client’s needs. You do not have to be an artist to be a designer; just persistent enough to earn that first client.


Whether it is content writing for a blog, or writing an essay for a client that does not have the necessary writing skills, writing helps you in a variety of ways. You can further develop your vocabulary, your writing and communication skills, while also earning a pretty good salary based on the contract you have negotiated with your client. Keep in mind that writing requires some knowledge about different styles of articles and adaptability towards your target audience.


It is easier now than ever to get into photography. Whether it is for a newspaper, an online blog or freelance; photography is a great way to earn money on the side. All it takes is an above average quality DSLR camera and a feeling for capturing moments with your lens. Working night events, birthday parties, celebrations or clubs on weekends will get you noticed in your area; after a gig or two, of course. If you have a camera at hand, give it a shot; it is accessible and pays well, since everyone wants to have personal and events recorded in one way or another.

Library assistant

Even if your local campus or university doesn’t have a library (or doesn’t need assistants), you can always visit the city library and have a chat with the administration. Being a library assistant is beneficial in many ways, allowing you to have a responsible and respectable side-job, having access to and going through a huge number of books when on breaks, and earning that little money on the side. For you bookworms out there, look no further.


Requiring zero preparation beforehand, working in a cleaning service is a good way to earn side-money. It is the type of work that you can easily get into without much trouble. All it really takes is a medical checkup to make sure you are healthy and able to do this kind of work. Cleaning apartments, hotel rooms or other residences will not get you the much-needed CV boost, but it is a sure way of earning cash.


Working a desk job at a local motel or a nursing home is a good way to earn money. Working at a front desk answering calls and checking people in is far from a stressful job. In some cases, it might even give you an opportunity to study on the job (especially working night shifts). The job does require some basic computer skills but it is fairly easy to get into.

Sales Assistant

Whether it is your local tools shop or a boutique, working as a sales assistant is a good way to earn extra cash. You will soon realize that it is a great way to earn sales and communication skills as well, since you will be selling your store’s merchandise. It is more complex than being a cashier, since you are the one who influences if the person walking into the store is a customer or a visitor. If you are looking to develop your soft skills and earn a little pocket money, working in sales will get you just that.

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