Great Jobs for Online Students

By Brenda on April 13th, 2012


Online students typically take their courses through the internet because they have to continue to work. There are certain jobs that are conducive to online learning students because they are flexible and often have down time allowing you to study. Let’s take a look at some great job ideas for online students.

Freelance Writer

If you enjoy writing and are reasonably good at it you may be able to make some extra cash being a freelance writer. Freelancers work on a variety of projects. They write for magazines, websites, blogs, ebooks, newsletters and more. Not sure where to find the jobs? There are great freelance websites like Elance and Odesk that bring together providers and employers looking to hire. All you need to do is create a profile and bid on jobs. The great thing about being a freelance writer is you can work from home and set your own hours. Customer service skills are important as well.

Freelance IT

People who have IT skills such as web development and design are in high demand. Again, sites such as Elance and Odesk have literally thousands of IT jobs that can pay well. More and more organizations are looking to outsource their IT tasks to people because it saves them money.


Being a tutor is a natural fit for an online student. There are online and in-person tutoring jobs everywhere. You can either work for an organization such as Sylvan learning center or an online tutoring organization or even a school. You can also choose to set up your own tutoring business.

Virtual Assistant

VA’s as they are called, perform a variety of tasks not much different than their real-world counterparts. Business people everywhere need help with staying organized and on top of their schedules. Virtual assistant jobs are great because you can work from home. All you need is a computer, internet and a phone. The hours vary from part-time to 40+ per week. Virtual assistant jobs are becoming very common. Sites like Elance and Odesk are great resources for finding VA jobs.

Pizza Delivery

Pizza delivery drivers can make a fairly decent living when you factor in tips. They are usually paid minimum wage and also get gas money for every delivery. Add that to the tips and you can earn a fairly good wage. Just make sure that you have a car that gets good gas mileage.
Night Auditor

Night auditors at hotels work the front desk. The job is often very slow, allowing them to have time to study and read. In other words, you get paid to study! How great is that. It’s also a great job for those majoring in hotel management or hospitality. It gives you great experience that is relevant to your future career.


Internships are the best jobs to get if you are an online student. They pay well and give you great real world experience related to your major. It also gives you a foot in the door to an organization that may potentially hire your full time.

Have any other job ideas? We’d love to hear them!

Category: Careers and Employment,Online Degrees