Part-Time Jobs for Veterans Going to School

Jan 28, 2018

Veterans in school need a job that provides part-time hours and availability that works around their class schedule. Learn about some of these part-time jobs, why they may be a good fit for veterans and their median salaries.

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Veterans that need a part-time job while going to school typically need a job that provides a flexible and/or alternative schedule and utilizes some of the skills and traits they may have gained in the military. There are several jobs that fit this description from different job fields and range greatly in job duties. Explore a few of the possible part-time jobs for veterans going to school below.

Career Comparison

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)* Applicable Military Skills/Traits
Retail Sales Workers $22,900 2% Communication skills and patience
Receptionists $27,920 (including information clerks) 9% Communication and organizational skills
Writers and Authors $61,240 8% Attention to detail and ability to be thorough
Photographers $34,070 -8% (Decline) Attention to detail and organizational skills
Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers $19,630 14% Patience and ability to work and stay calm in a fast-paced environment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The military typically provides veterans with a wide range of useful skills and traits that can easily be applied to numerous part-time positions. Some of these skills may include communication skills and patience while working with customers or attention to detail and organizational skills while performing tasks and working on projects. Here we discuss a few of the available part-time jobs that not only utilize aspects from a military background, but also provide a more flexible schedule for veterans in school.

Retail Sales Workers

Veterans can put their patience and communication skills to use working as a retail sales worker. Many stores allow these workers to be part-time and may offer flexible hours on the weekends or evenings. These workers must be patient while assisting customers and also be able to communicate with their customers as they answer any questions about products or address any concerns that customers may have. Retail sales workers may also need to explain store policies, such as in the case of returns or exchanges, and be able to process various forms of payment as customers buy their products. These workers can find jobs selling a wide variety of products, including clothing, furniture, plants, books and more.


Some receptionists are able to work part-time and may work for businesses that need them on nights or weekends, which offers some flexibility for those in school. Veterans may like these positions as they utilize their communication skills while interacting with customers and their organizational skills while performing various administrative tasks. Receptionists are needed in many different industries and their job duties vary greatly, but in general these professionals are responsible for answering phones, helping serve customers, scheduling appointments and managing different types of documents for their organization. Depending on the business, some receptionists may oversee billing for the organization, enter information into records and databases and/or handle the organization's mail.

Writers and Authors

There are plenty of part-time positions available as a freelance, blog or independent writer or author, and these professionals often create their own schedule and work from home, which may be ideal for a student. Veterans may excel in the career as they apply their ability to be thorough to the research for a particular writing project and then apply their attention to detail as they write as clearly and accurately as possible. Writers and authors may write books, articles, blogs or even advertisements for different organizations or their own website or publication. Most of these professionals work with an editor to have a second pair of eyes check their work for any errors and get the piece ready for publication. They can write about any subject and may conduct some research to include accurate details.


Veterans can use their attention to detail to take quality pictures as a photographer and their organizational skills while maintaining a professional portfolio and files of their various images. Many photographers, such as a wedding photographer, work part-time and create their own schedules and may just work on weekends or during a particular season, which would benefit veterans in school. Most photographers have their own equipment, like digital cameras and lighting equipment, that they use on shoots and then edit photos with photo-enhancing software to add unique effects or provide better quality. Photographers may specialize in various fields, such as journalism, fine arts or science, and take pictures of a wide range of subjects, from people to scenery.

Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers

Veterans may also excel at being patient and staying calm in fast-paced or stressful environments, which can be the case in busy restaurants working as a food and beverage serving worker. Many of these positions are part-time and can work around school schedules with various dining hours in the early morning, evenings and weekends. These workers typically welcome customers to the establishment and take their orders, which are then passed on to kitchen staff. Food and beverage serving workers process customers' payments, answer any questions they may have and help keep the establishment clean. They work in a wide variety of eating establishments and their specific duties will vary based on their position and employer.

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