4. Resort Worker
The nitty-gritty: Disney doesn't have a monopoly on seasonal employment. Resorts of all shapes and sizes across the Sunbelt increase their staff during winter months. You might find work in any number of capacities, from bartender or gardener to parking valet or room cleaner. Niche opportunities abound. If you love golf, there might be openings in the pro shop or as a groundskeeper. Boaters should check out marinas for odd jobs. Gambling fans can investigate Gulf Coast casinos. Fitness professionals such as massage therapists and Pilates instructors may find seasonal jobs with a resort's spa operations. Be mindful of the physical demands of some service jobs. A bad back doesn't make for an effective bellhop.
The hours: Generally flexible.
Median pay range: Bartenders can pull in $7.33 to $15.11 or more an hour, plus tips; massage therapist, $8.30 to $33 or more an hour.
Qualifications: Experience is a must for certain jobs, say boat mechanic or golf pro, but skills needed for entry-level service jobs can be picked up quickly. Most states require practicing massage therapists to complete a formal education program, pass an examination and obtain a license. Pilates and yoga teachers must have proof of specialized training, too. Sun salutation, anyone?