By Debra Auerbach
Part-time employment, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as working one to 34 hours per week, is the new reality for many Americans. The number of involuntary part-time workers, or those who are working part time for economic reasons, rose to 9.3 million in September 2011, up from 8.8 million in August, according to the bureau.
Whether or not working part time is by choice, it does have its advantages. Part-time work allows for flexibility, can help determine whether a certain profession is the right fit and may lead to full-time work at the same company. What's more, many companies offer stellar benefits to part-time employees.