Do you find that you’re awake in the middle of the night? That you’re not as productive during the day? Well, there’s good news for you!
There are plenty of overnight shift jobs for people like you who hate waking up at the crack of dawn. Here are the top five jobs for all you night owls out there.
1. Security Guard
This is what most people think of when they hear ‘night shift’, and for good reason. As you might expect, you’ll be watching out to see if there’s any trouble happening around your employer’s establishment, whether it be outside the building or inside monitoring surveillance footage.
There will be a lot of downtime as well, so make sure that you’re okay with working for long periods by yourself and a bit of boredom.
Keep in mind that you will need to have a high fitness level for this position and that you’ll be putting yourself at risk, since you’ll be dealing with security threats regularly.
2. Police Officer
If you’re a night person, then a job as a police officer could be for you. Again, like the security guard position, you will need to weigh up the risks, but if you do decide to go forward it, it can be a very rewarding career, since you’ll be helping people directly.
Their duties involve patrolling and investigation, which often means you’ll be working many overnight hours.
It’s not exactly a night shift job, but it’s definitely a potential career for all the people who can focus late into the night.
There are some minimum requirements however, like completing your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and having a permanent residency in Australia.
3. Air Traffic Controller
Two things to know about this job:
It pays well
You don’t need a degree
What’s not to love? That isn’t to say it’s easy to get in there: you’ll still need to go through rigorous testing and training, but it usually takes about twelve months to get a Tower stream position, where you’ll be responsible for all aircraft movement on the taxiways and runways.
Training for a position in the Enroute stream, however, where you’ll manage air traffic over Australia and other oceanic routes, will take approximately fourteen months. Either way, air traffic controllers are essential for aviation safety, directing planes in an orderly fashion.
One issue with this job is that you will sometimes have to do day shifts as well, which can mess up your body clock quite significantly.
Another would be that it can be very stressful since their job is to maintain the safety of thousands of people. However, all jobs have their downsides; it’s up to you whether or not the benefits are worth it.
4. Registered Nurse
A lot of people in emergency services positions work at night, as you would expect. A registered nurse is constantly saving lives both day and night.
They help all sorts of patients, by observing how well they are doing, administering medication when necessary and assisting with operations alongside doctors, surgeons therapists and many other medical professionals.
There are specific areas you can choose, such as aged care, mental health, Aboriginal health and many more. You’ll need to either complete a three year Bachelor of Nursing or a Diploma of Nursing.
Remember that it is physically and mentally demanding, not to mention you will have encounter a lot of gore and other bodily fluids, but if you feel like you’re up for it, you can make a real difference in people’s lives.
5. Freelance writer
Obviously, this isn’t necessarily a night job, but since most freelance writers work from home and have their own hours, it very well can be. The beauty of freelance is in its flexibility; since you’re self-employed, you can write anywhere and at any time, although there are a few drawbacks.
While there are times where writers can get steady work from a particular company, that is often not the case, since freelancers aren’t technically employed by anyone.
This can lead to some uncertainty, with writers going from company to company looking for work. What each one pays you can vary quite a bit. Don’t let that scare you away, though!