3. Adjunct professor
The nitty-gritty: Still have a hankering for a classroom? Community colleges in your area can send you back to the front of the class with a short-term commitment. You'll have an opportunity to teach recent high school grads to career transitioning adults adding new skills or updating old ones. Part-time faculty comes in under various monikers — adjunct professor, instructor, lecturer and visiting professor. Technical schools also may have openings. Most community colleges have online applications. Stop by the registrar's office or go online to obtain a copy of current course listings from the place you'd like to teach. Do some sleuthing to discover what courses are missing in your field of expertise. If you're tech savvy and at ease teaching a class via a computer Web cam, a growing number of community colleges now offer online courses for their students. To learn more about community colleges, go to American Association of Community Colleges website.
The hours: These vary widely depending on the number of courses you teach. Summer courses are common. Night and weekend classes are standard. Figure on one hour to two hours of classroom time per week for each course, plus your lesson preparation and grading time.
Median full-time pay range: An average of $1,000 to $1,800 per class taught. The pay can pop up to $5,000, however, depending on your degree level, teaching experience, the department and number of credits the course offers.
Qualifications: A master's degree within your discipline is usually preferred, but depending on your experience and the course you're applying to teach, it's possible to land a post with a bachelor's degree. You'll need to provide teaching references and probably perform a tryout session to demonstrate your teaching skills. Generally speaking, technical schools hire with only a bachelor's degree. As with most part-time teaching gigs, expertise, passion for the subject and experience trumps all else. The professor is in.