More and more people are looking for something other than a traditional 9-to-5 job. If you’re one of them, you’re probably searching for jobs that contain keywords like “flexible schedule,” “telecommute” or “freelance.”
What you’re probably not focusing on are temp jobs — and that means you could be missing out on some great opportunities.
Once considered a stopgap between full-time positions, temping is becoming a viable career solution for people seeking more flexibility and work/life balance — and these jobs are on the rise, according to a recent CareerBuilder study. The number of temp positions increased 15% from 2009 to 2010 and a whopping 57% between 2009 and 2014. Nearly 3 million people are currently working temp jobs, and the numbers are expected to climb an additional 13% by 2019.
What are the Best Temp Jobs?
Temping is no longer the sole domain of office staffers and substitute teachers. Some of the fastest-growing temp jobs in 2015 will be in fields you might not suspect, according to Forbes.
For temp jobs that pay under $15 an hour, look for opportunities like being a home health aide, retail salesperson, landscaper, house cleaner or taxi driver. For something a little more outside the box, temp jobs are also opening up for gaming dealers (i.e. casino work), product demonstrators and pharmacy technicians.
You can also find plenty of temp jobs that pay $15 an hour or more — some with wages as high as $40 an hour. To make bigger bucks, consider becoming a computer systems analyst, customer service representative, construction worker or accountant, among other specializations.
Where to Find the Best Temp Jobs
In terms of the best physical places to look, Forbes also compiled a list of the best cities to find temp jobs in 2015. The majority of them are in medium to large cities in the South and Midwest, such as Chicago; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tennessee and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
That’s not to say you can’t find temp work in other regions; these cities simply had more opportunities than the national average of 2% of overall employment opportunities.
Your Turn: Would you ever consider working a temp job (or jobs)? Why or why not?
Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.