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6 Great Summer Jobs to Consider

~by Dixie Somers~

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Some people find themselves out of work during the summer months, but bills are still due year round. Fortunately, there are some great seasonal jobs to choose from to help make ends meet and keep busy.

If you’re in need of employment this summer, consider one of the following options:

1. Travel Nurse

Are you a school nurse? You might consider accepting a position as a cruise ship nurse! As a cruise ship nurse, you can travel to exotic locations and enjoy the amenities on board while in your off hours. You’ll essentially be getting paid to cruise. Nurses also enjoy the privilege of single (not shared) accommodation and the ability to bring along a spouse, other family member or a fiancée aboard the cruise ship. To qualify, you must possess a diploma from an accredited nursing school, current certification as a registered nurse with at least two to three years clinical experience, a willingness to learn basic lab skills and X-ray machine operation, and a good command of the English language. Are all necessary before you can apply.

2. Soccer Coach

If you’re into sports, why not be a coach? There are often many opportunities to coach soccer over the summer months; many positions are available overseas as well. Keep your skills sharp and enjoy being outdoors during the best months of the year, all while traveling and inspiring the players you work with.

3. Lifeguard

summer jobsf swimming is your specialty, consider spending the summer as a lifeguard! The American Red Cross offers classes to get your lifeguard certification. Spend your summer days by the sea or pool while enjoying the satisfaction of providing a vital service to everyone who steps into the water.

4. Swim Instructor

If the responsibility of a lifeguard isn’t for you, perhaps you’d enjoy the teaching aspect of swimming. Many pools and gyms offer private swimming lessons for adults and children and will always welcome lifeguards and swim coaches who can teach basic swimming skills to beginners. Lifeguard certification is required for most swim instructor positions as well.

5. Work for Yourself

The summer break can be your opportunity to open your own business. If you have basic lawn maintenance skills and are willing to invest some money into the necessary equipment, you might consider becoming a landscaper. You’ll work for yourself, and reap the benefits of regular exercise and being outdoors all day. You will need to market yourself, but if you get the word out over the winter and spring you should have a decent number of clients by summer. If you get a really good reputation and provide quality service, you may eventually grow yourself right out of needing your regular job!

6. Taxi Driver

If you enjoy driving and meeting people, live close to a major metropolitan area, and don’t mind odd hours, there is always the option of driving a cab. A taxi driver is essentially self-employed, and your earnings are only limited by how much you’re willing to drive. You could either get a license to drive for a cab or limousine service, or work for a service like Uber. You will have lots of flexibility in your schedule and essentially be your own boss. Who knows? You may even give someone famous a ride to the airport! It is a really good way to cover your expenses until you get back to work in the fall.

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If your regular full-time job isn’t going to start up again for several months, consider the options above for seasonal employment. With the right choice for your personality and needs, you can make ends meet, meet new friends and business contacts, and make lasting memories. Make the most of the season and come back to your primary job with a fresh outlook.


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Meet the Author: Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, and those with an entrepreneurial spirit. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.


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2 comments

  1. Jack Green

    Thanks for list! I can only add one more opportunity as summer job for creative students. You can work as content writer, blog writer or just freelance writer. Do you ask me why it’s a good job for summer, but not for the whole academic year? Answer is simple – during academic year you write assignment, making research, preparing for tests and read a lot of books. You won’t have time for such job. But summer is a great time to do it. You can take a cup of tea, sit on your backyard and write what you want. Isn’t it great? I personally write for academic blog mymathdone. During this summer break I spend my time very productive – I work as content writer, have fun with friends and earn money! No hurry and no stress – best summer break ever!

  2. Susan McGuire

    Wonderful suggestion Jack. We’re all about writing good content. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and to comment.

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