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5 Part-Time Jobs that Pay Surprisingly Well

In the current economic times, many consumers are looking for ways to make a little extra money. You don’t have to get another full-time job to earn a good wage, though. There are part-time jobs that can provide you with a decent enough income — especially if you have certain skills.

As you might expect, the best part-time jobs do often require some degree of training, even if you don’t need an advanced degree [3]. Here are 5 part-time jobs that you can consider if you want something that pays reasonably well:

1. Flight Attendant

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for flight attendants $37,740 a year. Some flight attendants can work as little as 20 to 30 hours a week. However, the days can be long, requiring 12 to 17 hours of work at a time, and some nights away from home.

In many cases, a college degree isn’t required to be a flight attendant, although a high school diploma is often asked for. It is important, though, that a flight attendant be friendly as well as professional.

2. Personal Trainer or Exercise Instructor

If you know about exercise, it’s possible to earn money as a personal trainer, or as some other type of exercise instructor. Personal trainers help others stay healthy and fit. It’s also possible to be an instructor of specialized exercises like Yoga and Pilates. According to PayScale.com [4], it’s possible to make between $20 and $40 an hour, working six to 10 hours a week, for Yoga or Pilates.

However, it is important to know various techniques. It is also often required that you receive a certification as a personal trainer, or as a specialized instructor.

3. English Teachers for Non-Speakers

There are many people around the world who want to learn English. You can earn money as a teacher for non-English speakers. PayScale.com reports that $22 an hour is the median pay.

Another consideration is that it’s possible to enjoy travel while teaching English in this way. There is often call for English teachers in Asia, and decent stipends can be found for those wishing to travel and earn money with part-time work. You might need some certifications to teach; at the very least, a command of English, and an outgoing personality are required.

4. Massage Therapist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a massage therapist is almost $35,000 a year. The BLS points out that 60% of massage therapists are self-employed, and that they often work with chiropractors, as well as provide personal care services. Many massage therapists also work in the travel industry, including hotels and cruises.

In order to work as a massage therapist you need to be properly certified and licensed. You don’t need a degree, but you do need proper training.

5. Tutor

You can provide services as a tutor, working one on one with students and others. It’s possible to make as much as $20 an hour as a tutor. There are tutoring web sites that even allow you to work from home. You could also tutor privately in your home, or work at a tutoring center. However, you do need to have some experience or knowledge in the subject matter you plan to teach.

(Photo: Chuan Chee [5])