I always see all of these articles saying “Here are the best jobs for college students” but they actually lack what you need. So this article is a “Best Jobs for College Students” article, but it’s actually written by a college student.

There are many jobs out there available for students, but what jobs are the best? As a college student its crucial you pick the right one.

You want a job that pays well, has great benefits, and can get you experience out in the workplace.

Oh and I forgot to mention the most important factor, you want to work for a company that will pay for your school.

Here are the Top 5 Jobs for College Students.

1. Verizon Sales Rep

Verizon Wireless is a Fortune 500 company that believes if it invests in their employees, not only will they be happier, but they will also stay longer.

The benefits of working for Verizon as a student:

Pay: 

  • Full-time: Base Salary, $33,000
  • Commission: Yearly Goal, $17,000

Benefits:

  • 100% Match up to 6% of your salary for 401k Contribution
  • Great Health Benefit Packages
  • Provide up to $8,000 / year in tuition assistance.
  • Profit Sharing
  • Paid Personal Time and Vacation Time

Total Compensation

  • Salary and Commission: $50,000
  • 6% of Salary 401k Match: $3,000 (Free money to your 401k!)
  • Tuition Assistance: $8,000

$61,000

This job is the ultimate job you can have while going to school, not only will it almost pay for all of your tuition at a public school, it allows you to determine how much money you want to make. You can definitely make more than the yearly goal of $17,000.

Commission based sales is a great experience and allows you to develop face to face sales experience while still in school.

Along with that, if you are able to move up to a management position while still in school, its going to look great on your resume to your next employer.

You can see why this job is ranked #1 on my list, there are great benefits and Verizon is willing to reinvest into their employees.

2. Starbucks Barista

Ranked on number 2 on the list we have here is Starbucks, everyone’s favorite coffee shop. This is yet another employer who invests in their employee’s lives.

The job pay at Starbucks isn’t close to what it would be at Verizon. The reason why this job is ranked at number 2 is because of the flexibility.

Pay:

  • Salary: 24,000
  • Commission: None

Benefits:

  • 100% match up to 5% of your salary for 401k contribution
  • Flexibility
  • Starbucks will cover 100% tuition with ASU (Arizona State University Online)
  • Good healthcare package
  • Paid time off

Total Compensation:

  • Salary: $24,000
  • 5% 401k Match: $1,200
  • Tuition Assistance: Fully Covered with books. Value: $10,000

$35,200

Starbucks is another company that takes care of its employee’s. This job is great for a student who needs flexibility in their life. Hours are flexible with them and you take all of your classes online, freeing you up to do more of what you want.

The downsides to working here is that they don’t pay a ton, and the tuition assistance only applies to Arizona State University online. With that being said, there is still a great opportunity here. The reason why its ranked number 2 is because flexibility is important, especially with college students.

3. United Postal Service (UPS) Package Handler

UPS is another employer that is fitting our standards. Check out these stats:

Pay: 

  • Salary: $42,240 (Average of $22.00/hour for package handler)
  • Commission: None

Benefits:

  • UPS will pay up to $5,250/ year for tuition
  • Great Health Care
  • Paid Time off and Vacation
  • Flexible

Total Compensation:

  • Salary: $42,240
  • Tuition Assistance: $5,250

$47,490

I could not find any information on whether or not they had a 401k match, but they do offer a 401k program. With that being said, UPS is a great employer to work for as they off a bunch of the main benefits you should be looking for as a student. They may not be as flexible as Starbucks, but the pay is more with better benefits.

4. Wells Fargo Bank Teller

Working in a bank early on gives you opportunities to move up the ladder once you have a degree. Wells Fargo has so many benefits, especially ones geared towards students. Its a relaxed environment with great hours, and all the holidays you could ever want off.

Pay: 

  • Salary: $28,800
  • Commission: None, but can become available as you move up

Benefits:

  • 100% Match up to 6% of your salary for 401k Contribution
  • Up to $5,000 dollars per year in tuition assistance
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Vacation Time
  • Health Benefits

Total Compensation:

  • Salary: $28,800
  • 6% 401k Match: $1,728
  • Tuition Assistance: $5000

$35,528

Pretty good benefits for what you will be doing. Here the time off and schedule of working at a bank is great. With that being said I believe working at Wells Fargo is a great opportunity for students to get in the door for future advancements.

5. Fidelity

Now, to work at Fidelity, it’s going to be a little bit tougher to get your foot in the door. But once you get the job, you won’t look back. The benefits Fidelity offers are some of the best on this list and is one of the best jobs for college students. Check it out:

Pay:

  • Salary: ~$50,000 for an entry level position
  • Commission: Available in different positions.

Benefits:

  • Up to $10,000 / year in tuition assistance
  • 100% match up to 7% of Salary
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Vacation
  • Healthcare package

Total Compensation:

  • Salary: ~$50,000
  • 7% 401k match:$3,500
  • Tuition Assistance: $10,000

$63,500

Fidelity as you can see has great benefits and compensation. If you are able to land a position with them, don’t look back! The compensation here is on par with Verizon, the only thing ranking Verizon above Fidelity would be is that you can make more money with Verizon through commission.

Conclusion

With so many employers these days willing to pay for their employees education, it is imperative that you take advantage. These 5 jobs/companies are truly the best jobs for college students.

Student loans and debt are easily avoidable, set yourself up for long term success and make someone else pay for your school.