9 Best Winter Jobs for College Students

9 Best Winter Jobs for College Students

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Did you know that college students can earn up to $350 a week working during the winter break?

That’s right, many seasonal jobs are available for college students during the Christmas break. The holiday season is a great period to take on a part-time job and minimize student loan debt!

To help your job search, we have gathered the best winter break jobs to earn cash and pay off student loans. We ranked these winter jobs considering criteria like training time, salary, and availability during the holiday season.

1. Ski/Snowboard Instructor

Salary: $27 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few days.

Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

Ski instructors either help skiers learn the basic techniques of skiing or help more experienced skiers improve their skills and increase their level of ability.

Ski instructors have the amazing opportunity to live their passion each and every day. They show their passion to first-time skiers while providing a fun and safe learning environment!

Job Information

  • Salary: $27 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few days.
  • Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

Requirements

  • Complete a ski instructor qualification.

2. Outdoor Adventure Guide

Salary: $13 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few weeks.

Workload: at least 8 hours per week.

Outdoor adventure guides are passionate about nature.

They share their passion and conduct activities such as bungy jumping, hunting, mountaineering, and trekking. The goal of these adventures is to provide tourists with an unforgivable experience.

This seasonal job also offers many opportunities during the winter: snowshoeing, ski touring, mountaineering, etc.

Job Information

  • Salary: $13 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few weeks.
  • Workload: at least 8 hours per week.

Requirements

  • Preferred: first aid and CPR certification.

3. Freelance Writer

Salary: between $20 and $100 per 1000 words.

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

If you would rather stay inside during the cold season, college freelance writers are in high demand in the content marketing industry. Freelance writers get paid to write:

  • Web content (blog posts, product descriptions, web pages, etc.)
  • Video and radio scripts (Youtube video scripts, podcast scripts)
  • Emails (marketing emails, newsletters)
  • Press releases (for small businesses and online companies)
  • Magazine articles
  • Newspaper articles

Job Information

  • Salary: between $20 and $100 per 1000 words.
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

  • A good grasp of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • A portfolio that shows excellent writing and editing skills.

4. Dog Walker

Salary: $14 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Due to the blistering cold weather, many dog owners do not want to walk their dogs during the winter break. This is a terrific opportunity for students to take on this duty and make extra cash on the side.

In the winter, this part-time job is great for dog lovers who can resist the blistering winter cold during a 30 to 45 minutes walk. Dog walking is the best way to get a breath of (very) fresh air!

Job Information

  • Salary: $14 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

  • Proven experience working with dogs.
  • Preferred: dog walker certification that includes dog first aid and CPR training.

5. Data Entry Clerk

Salary: from as little as $5 up to $25 per hour.

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

Data entry jobs are exactly what they sound like! They’re jobs that involve entering data, such as:

  • Describing or identifying images
  • Entering up-to-date prices
  • Transcription of audio notes
  • Subtitling
  • Tagging and annotating data
  • You name it!

You are typically asked to perform on-demand tasks that computers are unable to do. It is another great part-time job for students who do not like the cold weather and would rather stay inside during the winter.

Job Information

  • Salary: from as little as $5 up to $25 per hour.
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

6. Snow Shoveler

Salary: $18 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

A snow shoveler works to clear snow. In this job, your responsibilities are to remove snow after a snowfall from a driveway, parking lot, sidewalk, or pathway space.

Many old people from your community might need a snow shoveler to remove the snow in front of their homes during the winter season. Some companies also hire snow shovelers, this seasonal job requires you to be available at any time to help during the holiday rush.

Job Information

  • Salary: $18 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

  • The primary qualification for this job is physical power and endurance.

7. Driver

Salary: $15 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: as much as you want.

It can be very comforting to work from the warmth of your own car during the winter season. These kinds of jobs do not require much experience and are ideal for college students who want to make some extra cash. Here are some typical driving jobs for students:

  • Driving for Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies.
  • Delivering food for Uber Eats, DoorDash, PostMates, and other food delivering companies.
  • Deliver packages for UPS, FedEx, and other package delivery companies.

Job Information

  • Salary: $15 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

  • Required: a driver’s license and at least one year of driving experience.
  • Required: auto insurance that meets the liability requirements.
  • Usually required: 21 years of age or older.

8. Babysitter

Salary: $18 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few days.

Workload: as much as you want.

Babysitters are responsible for the safety and well-being of children when their parents are away.

Sitters can also take on additional responsibilities (helping with homework, cooking, recreational activities, etc.).

Job Information

  • Salary: $18 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few days.
  • Workload: as much as you want.

Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Preferred: Child care training and/or experience
  • Preferred: Driver’s license (some parents want you to pick their kids up from school)
  • Preferred: CPR and First Aid certification

9. Fast-food Worker

Salary: $10 per hour (on average).

Training time: a few hours.

Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

Working in a fast-food restaurant isn’t glamorous, but you earn your pay every week/fortnight/month.

There are many different fast-food related jobs:

  • Assembling items, such as sandwiches and salads.
  • Cashiers
  • Customer service
  • Restaurant manager and logistics jobs

These kinds of jobs are available throughout the year and not only in winter.

Job Information

  • Salary: $10 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few hours.
  • Workload: at least 14 hours per week.

Requirements

  • Preferred: customer service experience.

More Jobs for College Students

Many more jobs are available for college students throughout the year and not only during the winter season. To get more job ideas, I recommend the following articles: