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7 Night Jobs That Won’t Make You Fall Asleep

November 2, 2021 | Career Blog

Whether you’re thinking about getting a night job for some extra cash, to be able to attend classes during the day, or just because you’re a night owl, you should know there are several advantages.

Night shift employees usually deal with less job competition, get paid more, and have much easier commutes. Managers typically work during the day, so you’ll also get to work a bit more independently.

Take a look at these night jobs that will keep your energy up until sunrise.


Many manufacturing companies keep their machines running around the clock. So if you’re a skilled machinist, the night shift might be your ticket to getting in with a big-name company with fewer competitors for the job.

Be prepared for additional safety training compared to the day shift, as nights can be less supervised.


If you’ve got experience doing road work, a nighttime construction job might be the perfect fit for you. Many road work projects happen at night to keep the interference with traffic to a minimum.

Construction jobs rarely require more than a high school diploma or equivalent, and they also tend to provide on-the-job training.


While some custodians are usually present during the day, most businesses prefer to have the majority of their cleaning done at night. Hospitals, office buildings, and school campuses all have high-traffic areas that need to be kept clean, so first, look for custodial jobs in those businesses.

A custodial job may not be your choice for a long-term career, but it can be great for making extra money overnight.

Truck Driver

Truck drivers often need to drive all night to make it to their destination by morning. This also lets them avoid most of the traffic. Depending on the company you work for, you may even be able to set your own hours.

You’ll need a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) to operate the large trucks most companies use, but some drivers for smaller specialty companies might use standard vans.

Warehouse Worker

Just as businesses need truck drivers to drive all night getting a shipment in, they also need workers in the warehouse to receive that shipment. Everything must be accepted, verified, unloaded, and sorted.

If you can do a lot of heavy lifting (or have experience driving a forklift), then an overnight warehouse job might be the right fit for you.

Retail/Grocery Stocker

Grocery stores and retailers need a crew to restock their shelves each night. While these jobs don’t typically have a lot of room for advancement, they can be a great way to make extra cash.

If you prefer to work alone, this may be the job for you. Grocery stores, in particular, like to assign crew members their own aisle or aisles. Often, you’ll be allowed to listen to your headphones while you put products on the shelves.


Unless you’re working in the emergency room, overnight nursing can be relatively calm. Mainly, these shifts consist of scheduled medications, blood tests, and keeping an eye on patients’ needs during the night.

Try to find overnight shifts in the elderly ward if you’re not craving too much excitement. Nurses say that’s often the calmest shift.

Find Your Perfect Night Job

There are many more options for night work, but we hope this list gives you a good idea of what’s out there. If you want more options, take note of any business with a sign saying, “Open 24 Hours.”

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