4. Office Cleaning Crew
The nitty-gritty: Because office buildings, schools and stores generally are cleaned while they're empty, evening and night shifts are standard fare. There are downsides: Noisy vacuum cleaners can be bothersome, and cleaning bathrooms and trash rooms is messy work. You'll spend most of your time on your feet, sometimes lifting or pushing heavy furniture or equipment. Many tasks, such as dusting, waxing floors, mopping or sweeping, require bending and stretching. Some employers add a glittery glow to the job. When you are hired for the Third Shift Custodial gig at the Walt Disney World resort, your cast member role is "preserving the magic." You maintain the beauty of the resort, and ensure that "the magic of Disney shines through." "Third-Shift Custodial Cast Members work throughout the night to ensure that the resort is ready to welcome guests every morning," Disney's ad reads.
The hours: Hourly, part-time and seasonal, as well as full-time slots. Typical is 15-20 hours per week from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Weekend work is often available.
Median pay range: $8.58 to $19.02.
Qualifications: No special education is required for most entry-level janitorial or cleaning jobs. Reliable transportation and a valid driver's license come in handy. Criminal background checks, drug screening and valid Social Security number are standard. And you have to be in decent shape. Some jobs require the ability to lift 50 pounds or more. If you're interested in a managerial position, a small cadre of cleaning supervisors and managers are members of the International Executive Housekeepers Association, which offers two kinds of certification programs for cleaning supervisors and managers. Contact cleaning crews in your area, or search online for possible openings at Indeed or Simplyhired. Spit-and-polish buffs, grab your feather dusters!