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10 part-time jobs for extra cash

By Rachel Farrell,
Owners of pampered pets are willing to pay people to take their pooches for a walk.
Owners of pampered pets are willing to pay people to take their pooches for a walk.
  • Along with millions of unemployed, people whose hours were cut seek extra work
  • Part-time museum technicians and conservators can earn $36,000
  • Many customer service reps are expected to be hired, earning about $30,000
  • Part-time animal caretakers and bartenders both earn roughly $20,000

( -- Although the job market today is improving, there are still 15 million unemployed people in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That's 15 million people looking for something -- anything -- to earn a few extra bucks.

In March 2010, the number of people working part time for economic reasons (also referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased to 9.1 million. According to the BLS, these people were working part time because their hours were cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

If you're looking for a way to boost your income, if you're either unemployed or looking to pad your full-time salary, here are 10 part-time jobs experiencing job growth in the next 10 years:

1. Animal caretaker
Job growth: 21 percent
Number available jobs: 45,500
Annual salary: $19,360

2. Bartender
Job growth: 8 percent
Number available jobs: 40,800
Annual salary: $20,970

3. Customer Service Representatives
Job growth: 18 percent*
Number available jobs: 399,500
Annual salary: $29,860**

4. Dental assistant
Job growth: 36 percent
Number available jobs: 105,600
Annual salary: $32,380

5. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
Job growth: 14 percent
Number available jobs: 31,500
Annual salary: $19,480

6. Library assistant
Job growth: 11 percent
Number available jobs: 13,500
Annual salary: $24,790

7. Museum technicians and conservators
Job growth: 26 percent
Number available jobs: 2,800
Annual salary: $36,660

8. Pharmacy technicians and aides
Job growth: 25 percent
Number available jobs: 96,300
Annual salary: $27,710 and $20,100

9. Recreation workers
Job growth: 15 percent
Number available jobs: 48,200
Annual salary: $21,960

10. Security guards
Job growth: 14 percent
Number available jobs: 152,500
Annual salary: $23,460

* Number of available jobs from 2008 to 2018

** Median annual wages from May 2008

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