Hit Paydirt With These Lucrative Student Summer Jobs!

By RBC Modified on June 15, 2017

While times have changed and most students can't pay for school with a summer job, that doesn't mean a well-paying summer job can't be a part of your financial aid equation.

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You've probably met someone older than you with a story about how they put themselves through school just by working during the summer. While times have changed and most students can't pay for school with a summer job, that doesn't mean a well-paying summer job can't be a part of your financial aid equation.

The more money you’re able to make in the summer – the less you’ll probably have to borrow next year. Hilary Steinberg, a case manager with YWCA’s WorkBC Career Zone, helps students find summer jobs and has suggestions for jobs that might not even be on your radar.

Production Assistant
If you live in Vancouver or Toronto, then summer is the time when Hollywood flocks to your city to take advantage of Canada’s film production tax credits. If you don’t mind long hours and a hectic schedule, Steinberg suggests applying for a well-paying production assistant job. How many jobs are available will depend on how many films are shooting at the time. It can also be difficult to get a job on set, but if you do they can pay up to $20 per hour, with extra for overtime.

Web or Video Game Development
Love tinkering around with computers and coding cool things? According to Jill Ferguson, Director of the Career Services Center at the University of Guelph, web and video game design jobs are perfect for Computer Science students to prepare for their careers after graduation. “It allows them to expand their skills and abilities in a work setting and utilize what they are learning in their academics,” she said. There are a limited number of jobs available, but they can pay fairly well starting at $14 per hour.

Continue reading the full list of student summer jobs here.