5 Great Second Jobs for Extra Cash
Enjoy the medical lingo bandied about on TV shows like "ER," "House" and "Grey's Anatomy"? Then you might just like working as a medical transcriber. Workers transcribe audio recordings created by doctors and other health care professionals into readable reports. Although specialized training is helpful because of the complex medical jargon and the critical need for accuracy, many employers are happy to offer on-the-job training, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Better yet, the job conditions are cushy: Most are in comfortable office settings and telecommuting is common. Median wages are $17.26 per hour for transcribers at medical and diagnostic laboratories, and some gigs will allow you to wedge the work in during evenings and weekends. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says it expects job opportunities to stay strong into 2018, with 11 percent growth expected.
If you've always wanted an office with windows, a position as a bus driver might be right up your alley. Whether you're driving kindergartners to school in the morning or driving city routes around your neighborhood, you'll get a new view of the community.
Some of the perks include part-time schedules, no boss lurking over your shoulder, and the ability to help the young and old alike get to their destinations safely and efficiently. You'll need to be sure that none of the routes you pick up conflict with your work schedule and be sure that you don't try to pack in too many extra hours. Fatigue can be a real problem for drivers.
Pay can be good. The median wage for transit bus drivers is $16.32 per hour, and for those who work enough hours, health insurance, sick leave, vacation time and free bus rides are among the benefits, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. If you have the smarts to follow sometimes-complicated schedules and have a clean driving record, you might excel at this job.
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