Are you seeking for a side gig to help out your income, or do you just want a flexible schedule without committing to a profession 9 to 5? If yes, then a temporary job is what will work for you. Temporary careers are becoming increasingly common in the American workplace. There are currently about 3 million temp workers. 

Although they are in an increasing number, many people don’t realize that fixed-term positions are actually available in many industries, from accounting to information technology to construction work. But ‘given the shortage of highly-skilled professionals and rising business activity, temporaries and contractors will certainly see a greater need for their skills.’ 

If you have a temporary job, it means the time you are hired for is defined in the start. It can last a few hours or a few years, as long as the project lasts or you’re needed, but it needs to has a specific fixed term. As for Baltimore, there are plenty of careers that can be done temporarily. Here are some of them separated by fields:

Business and Administration

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Let’s start with the field with the most options for short-term work. Consider these administrative positions for your next temp job:

Management analyst

Management analysts, often called management consultants, are in charge of finding and proposing ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They interview staff, analyze financial data, and advise managers on ways to reduce costs and increase revenues so that they make companies more profitable. 

Emergency management specialist

Emergency management specialists get called by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in times of natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes for a definite time until the crisis passes. They coordinate the delivery of food, water, and medical supplies to areas hit hard by a natural disaster and ensure emergency evacuation routes are set up to provide safe escapes and reduce traffic.

Accountant

Accountants are needed all year round, but in the spring (aka income tax season), many financial firms bring on additional temporary accountants. Accountants calculate taxes, prepare returns, and provide tax-related advice to the general public. 

HR specialist

Human Resources Specialists are the ones behind the recruiting and interviewing of new employees and also the ones that orient existing workers. They identify an organization’s employment needs, run background checks on applicants, and inform them about policies. This career was found to be one of the fastest-growing temporary jobs between 2016 and 2018.

Data entry clerk

Data entry clerks are hired temporarily by companies for scanning documents, transcribing recordings, or updating customer databases. Additionally, they may also answer phone calls and mail, and replenish office supplies. There are no educational requirements to get this job, except good computer skills.

Temporary Jobs in Information Technology (IT)

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It’s been a while that there’s overall high demand for IT guys (and girls). Information technology professionals can also have temporary project-based jobs as independent consultants if they want. Here are some of them:

Applications software developer

App developers design the applications we all use and love, from word processing programs to mobile apps to video games. And since they usually work on them on a project-by-project basis, that makes them temporary employees. Employment in this field is growing much faster than average; it’s expected to grow 24% until 2026.

Systems analyst

A systems analyst usually works as a contractor and moves around different companies as they complete projects. What they do is design advanced information systems for an organization or client. They conduct in-depth system testing, research emerging technologies and prepare cost analysis reports for clients.

Software tester

Many software testers work as contractors on specific projects, too. They design, run, and document a multitude of tests on new software in order to uncover possible glitches, errors, and bugs that affect its usability and performance is what software testers do. 

Education

Adjunct professor

Adjunct professors are hired by schools on a contractual, temporary basis. The roles of these professors are like any other’s; to teach classes, mentor students, and grade assignments and exams. In some cases, they also conduct research. 

Substitute teacher

Another temporary job in education is being a substitute teacher: thus, filling in for an absent teacher. Some substitutes get called in for a single day while others take over for several months e.g. when teachers are on paternity leave.

Shipping and Transportation

On-demand delivery courier

On-demand delivery couriers are hired by companies like Dropoff as independent contractors who accept temporary assignments

Relief postal carrier

Post offices often need temporary workers when regular postal carriers are ill or on vacation. When temporary relief carriers help out, they usually use their own vehicles to deliver letters and packages. They are paid by the mile for their expenses as well as by the hour and are especially in demand in rural areas.

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver

For truck drivers, too, there are plenty of temporary work opportunities. What they do is transport loads of cargo from one place to another.

Construction and Manufacturing

In Baltimore, just like everywhere, when construction companies fall behind schedule they hire temporary workers to help out. Here are some temporary jobs available in these fields:

Construction laborer

As mentioned before, construction laborers often work temporarily. They perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites like unloading building materials, installing traffic barricades, and operating machines like jackhammers or portable concrete mixers. Plus no prior education is needed to be a construction laborer as they learn their trade through on-the-job training.

Machinist

Machinists use milling machines, drill presses, and grinders to produce steel bolts, pistons, and cylinders. They also set up and operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) tools and examine completed products for defects.

Writing & Communication

Editor

Editors usually work on project-basis working side-by-side with original authors. E.g. finding grammatical errors, fixing readability and style inconsistencies or shaping the overall structure of an author’s manuscript.

Copywriter

Copywriters can work as freelancers taking projects when they’re free if it’s their side gig. They write content intends to sell, whether it is a website motto, a marketing slogan or social media ads.

Translator or interpreter

For people who are fluent in more than one language and good translating or interpreting skills, there are plenty of temporary work opportunities. You might be located in Baltimore, but you can translate for clients in China online.

Whether you’re a working mom looking for a job without wanting to commit to it long-term, someone who wants a side hustle to make more profit, or a student who doesn’t want to stay unemployed, a temporary job is definitely a thing you should consider. We hope one of the temporary careers in this extensive list works for you.