Best Part Time Jobs of 2015

By Careercast, Special for  USDR

Accountants, Delivery Truck Drivers, Graphic Designers and Writers/Authors are among the best part-time jobs for 2015, according to a new CareerCast report. IT jobs such as Computer Programmer and Network and Computer Systems Administrator also made the  list.

Not all businesses or organizations can afford on-site IT professionals, so retaining part-time expertise to address any technology issues that might arise is a logical alternative. Many contract computer programmers and network/computer systems administrators can earn a living from part-time assignments, or they can focus on supplementing their income by floating from business to  business.

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For employers that experience a rush at one particular time of year, part-time hires are necessary to meet that demand. For instance, accountants are in high demand every spring before tax time, and delivery truck drivers have no problem finding work around the holidays. The suppliers sending out a surplus of products at the holidays also need material movers, so job seekers looking for extra money at that time of year often can find work in  warehouses.

At a higher level, a fresh, outside perspective from a contract or freelance management analyst can be an asset to a company’s leadership. For management analysts seeking new challenges, this can be a rewarding career  path.

“The best part-time jobs include traditional part-time jobs, seasonal jobs, freelance and consulting employment,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast. “Turning part-time or contract work into a full-time business is one way in which professionals in struggling fields have overcome slowed  hiring.”

The good news on the employment front is that part-time hiring, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as one to 34 hours per week, increased considerably amid the economic recovery since the recession of 2008. Part-time employment remains high, partly due to the Affordable Care Act, which has resulted in companies cutting employee hours to get around providing health care to employees working more than 30 hours a  week.

The following are the 10 best part-time and temporary jobs for 2015, using criteria from the CareerCast Jobs Rated  report:

Median Hourly Wage: $30.55
Hiring Outlook: 13%

Median Hourly Wage: $35.71
Hiring Outlook: 8%

Median Hourly Wage: $13.23
Hiring Outlook: 5%

Median Hourly Wage: $21.22
Hiring Outlook: 7%

Median Hourly Wage: $37.79
Hiring Outlook: 19%

Median Hourly Wage: $28.99
Hiring Outlook: 32%

Median Hourly Wage: $11.04
Hiring Outlook: 10%

Median Hourly Wage: $34.88
Hiring Outlook: 12%

Median Hourly Wage: $15.93
Hiring Outlook: 3%

Median Hourly Wage: $26.89
Hiring Outlook: 3%

Wage information and hiring outlook is culled from BLS figures. Hiring figures are for all new jobs, part-time and full-time, by  2022.

About CareerCast, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (, where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers  factors.

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