What Are Some Good Overnight Jobs?

by Robin Elizabeth Margolis

Overnight jobs, also known as night shift jobs, exist in many different types of careers, ranging from off-hours stock crews in retail stores to night shift emergency room employees in hospitals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 3.2 percent of all full-time American workers report to night shifts and 4.7 percent work on evening shifts, with thousands of additional workers occasionally rotating onto evening and night shifts. The type of overnight job that you consider good will depend on many factors, including your personal career interests, salary expectations and ability to adapt to a night shift.

Healthcare Settings

Many health-care organizations operate in three shifts, making overnight jobs at hospitals and other medical settings plentiful. Examples of these jobs include registered nurses, emergency room staff and the emergency medical technicians who run ambulance services. Hospitals and other health-care organizations typically offer health insurance and other job benefits in addition to good salaries. Among the highly-paid employees, registered nurses bring home a median salary of $64,690 per year. The health-care industry is projected to provide 19 percent of all new salaried jobs from 2004 to 2014.

Hospitality and Recreation

Hotels, casinos and other organizations in the hospitality and recreation industries are typically open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hotel positions include openings for managers, front desk clerks and night auditors. Casinos seek dealers, cashiers and slot machine attendants. Salaries vary, depending on the level of education needed for each position. Colleges and universities offer numerous degree and certificate programs for people who want to become hotel and casino employees.

Security Guards

Many organizations, including nursing homes, car dealerships, airports and universities, employ overnight security guards to protect their employees and property. Security guards earned an average annual salary of $27,040 as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Typically, these jobs require a high school degree, a clean criminal record, passing a drug test and obtaining a state license. Some specializations within the security guard industry, such as armed security guards, may require a firearms license.

Finding Overnight Jobs

Overnight jobs typically appear on Internet job boards and are clearly categorized under "night shift jobs" and "overnight jobs." You may also wish to choose several fields that you find interesting, and then contact relevant professional organizations and companies in your geographic area to see if they have listings for overnight jobs. If no Internet job boards for overnight jobs exist in your geographic area, consider starting one.

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