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CareerCast identifies 10 best part-time jobs in U.S. post-recession economy

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that U.S. employers across all industries have on staff 27,180,000 part-time workers, which they define as anyone working less than 35 hours per week.

"While most people would rather have a full-time job with salary and benefits, steady part-time work and temporary assignments are good ways to generate income during slow hiring periods," says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.

Employers have sought more part-time and contractual help to keep costs down, but also to work around hiring freezes. Hiring on anything less than a full-time basis has improved markedly, says CareerCast.

Part-time opportunities are especially abundant in the retail and food service industries. Construction is also an industry rife with temporary project opportunities, employing everyone from laborers to engineers. Other part-time jobs are best suited to those already working who are looking to supplement their incomes. Bartending, for example, offers flexible hours and payment through gratuities.

Many accountants also find temporary work, typically every spring, as firms hire staff to meet the rush for tax filing. And in the summer, many hotels, national parks, cruise lines and other hospitality firms supplement their full-time staff with temporary hires. During the holiday season in the late fall and early winter, the shipping and packaging industries are booming with temporary positions, from delivery drivers to material moving machine operators in warehouses. For professionals with expertise in a specialized field who want to work full-time but for a limited period, temporary employment is an opportunity to stay active.

CareerCast has identified 10 of the Best Part-Time Jobs:

ACCOUNTANT
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $30.55
Projected Growth by 2022: 13%

BARTENDER
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $9.09
Projected Growth by 2022: 12%

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $39.80
Projected Growth by 2022: 16%

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $14.70
Projected Growth by 2022: 13%

DELIVERY SERVICE DRIVERS
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $14.13
Projected Growth by 2022: 5%

FIRST-LINE RETAIL SUPERVISORS
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $17.70
Projected Growth by 2020: 4%

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $21.22
Projected Growth by 2022: 7%

HOTEL, MOTEL AND RESORT DESK CLERKS
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $9.78
Projected Growth by 2022: 2%

MATERIAL MOVING MACHINE OPERATORS
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $25.60
Projected Growth by 2022: 1%

SHIPPING, RECEIVING AND TRAFFIC CLERK
BLS Median Hourly Wage: $13.95
Projected Growth by 2022: 1%

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