Jobs With Flexible Schedules: Easier To Find Than You Think

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By Susan Ricker

A good job doesn't necessarily mean the hours are 9 to 5. People shop on Sundays and also expect businesses to be open longer hours. As a result, people have a variety of work schedules.

Have you considered what job you should have based on its schedule? Here is information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on four common types of work schedules -- perhaps one of these schedules or jobs could be right for you.


Fixed work schedules are for employees who work the same schedule on an ongoing basis. For example, these employees may work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with 30 minutes unpaid lunch. They work eight hours per day, 40 hours per week and 52 weeks per year. Although the schedule is determined by the individual employer, examples of jobs with fixed work schedules include:

Flexible work schedules are similar to fixed work schedules. Under a flexible work schedule, employees set their own hours, generally within guidelines and with a fixed number of total hours. For example, a worker might arrive and leave work at various times, provided she works 40 hours between Monday and Friday and is at work during certain core hours. She might work nine hours one day, seven hours the next day and eight hours the other three days. Flexible work schedules are often decided by individual employers, but examples of jobs with flexible work schedules include:

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Workers on rotating schedules have a fixed number of hours and time off over a period of more than one week, but they don't have a set weekly schedule. Rotating schedules are most common among occupations in establishments that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Scheduling differs by employer, but examples of jobs with rotating work schedules include:

Nonfixed work schedules include jobs that have multiple work schedules. The varying schedules are often due to particular traits of individual workers or because the work required varies by each individual. Work schedules are determined by each employer, though examples of jobs with nonfixed schedules include:

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