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Are you one of those people who find it impossible to get up at the crack of dawn? Do you stay up to the wee hours of the night, even though those around you are in bed fast asleep? If this describes you and you consider yourself a night owl, it can be difficult to identify the best-paying night jobs that work with your own body clock.

According to the American Sleep Association, if you are a person who is naturally inclined to go to bed later and get up later than what most of the population typical does, you may have a sleep disorder, known as delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS). People with this disorder need to get to bed between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. to function at their best, and they probably won’t wake up until between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

As many as half a million Americans suffer from DSPS. With this in mind, if you just can’t keep the same daytime hours as those around you, it’s time to study for a career that works with your sleep pattern rather than against it.

What Is DSPS?

People with DSPS need to get to bed between 1 am and 4am to function at their best, and they probably won't wake up until 8am to 11am

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) is a sleep disorder where your natural wake/sleep cycle is delayed compared to a typical one. You, therefore, want to go to bed/sleep later and will wake up later than what is generally considered to be the norm. If you’re a socially-active person who feels sharper and more awake in the evening, you’re more likely to either have or develop this disorder.

The American Sleep Association advises that if you feel that you have DSPS, you should do your utmost to maintain your regular sleeping routine as long as it doesn’t affect your daily routine. If you’re finding your night owl lifestyle is getting in the way of your job, for example, it’s probably time to review what you do for a living.

Here at Vista College, we offer a number of courses and programs that enable you to work night time hours. Let’s look at some professional jobs for night owls that can help them get through their days and nights the way their body dictates.

Construction Management

When you’re a construction manager, you play a crucial role in the creation of commercial and residential structures. You could be tasked with coordinating and scheduling different phases of a construction project. You may be involved in hiring and supervising workers and in carrying out quality inspections, among other responsibilities.

This career requires you to have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of basic construction. You need strong communication skills and to be comfortable managing people.

As many as half a million Americans suffer from DSPS. With this in mind, if you just can't keep the same daytime hours as those around you, it's time to study for a career that works with your sleep pattern rather than against it

Construction management may be the right choice if you’re a night owl since you’re often required to work atypical hours. For example, you could be working long into the night to get a project finished by a particular deadline. Depending on the job, you may find your start and finishing times are much later than if you worked in a store or an office. In some areas, construction projects occur in the evening when there are less people around the construction site.

Construction Management Associate Degree at Vista College

Taking approximately 70 weeks until graduation, the Construction Management Degree Program at Vista College provides you with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to gain an entry-level position in construction. You could begin work as a tile worker, construction labor, drywall installer or framer, among other careers. From there, you could progress to building inspection and construction management.

Our courses offer you a mix of hands-on training and classroom time. You learn the basics that act as a robust foundation for your future. These include:

  • Introduction to Construction
  • Basic Craft Skills
  • Building Codes
  • Construction Framing
  • Construction Techniques
  • Construction Systems
  • Construction Materials and Applications
  • Sustainable Construction


To make the most of your course, we also offer the following career opportunities:

  • Communications
  • Project Management
  • Business Operations
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to College Mathematics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II


As your course progresses, you gain the skills to:

  • Perform quality brickwork and concrete walls, ceilings and floors or a structure
  • Interpret construction drawings
  • Install wiring and piping for plumbing and electrical systems
  • Master the fundamental ideas of green building practices and sustainable design


The program is available at the following campuses:

  • El Paso, TX – Brook Hollow Branch Campus


Vet Tech

Pet owners may need to bring their furry friends to a trusted vet at any time of the day or night. For this reason, there are 24-hour vet facilities all over the country to help in a veterinary emergency. Because of this, becoming a vet tech is a solid choice for anyone who is looking for caring careers for night owls.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vet tech employment is projected to increase by nine percent from 2014 to 2024. This is faster than the average for all occupations, so it’s a great career path, especially if you love animals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vet tech employment is projected to increase by 9% from 2014 to 2024

Just knowing there is something you can do to help an injured or sick animal in his hour of need is a fantastic feeling. To succeed in this career, it’s imperative to have empathy and effective communication skills. You also need to be the type of person who doesn’t get flustered easily and who has a grasp of your own emotions. A passion for animals is a prerequisite!

Veterinary Technology Program at Vista College

At Vista College, we offer you the opportunity to study our Veterinary Technology Program, which leads onto an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Veterinary Technology Degree. You learn about:

  • Caring for various animals in a veterinary office
  • Providing ethical and humane treatment to animals in research and diagnostic laboratories
  • Working with public health officials to manage and identify animal-borne disease


Through hands-on courses, lab work and in-depth classroom instruction, you find out about:

  • Veterinary pharmacology
  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Veterinary physiology and anatomy
  • Veterinary anesthesia and surgical assisting
  • Animal clinical pathology and more


The program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), is available at the Lubbock, TX campus.


Good night shift jobs are hard to come by if you don’t have the right training. When you’re a nurse, you have the opportunity to work in all manners of health settings. Similar to working as a vet tech, nurses are needed 24/7 in a variety of situations.

You could be working in a hospital, a patient’s home or in a private clinic. Additionally, if you have a specific field of interest, you have the opportunity further down the line to progress your career and to specialize.

To be a nurse, you need to have a compassionate and caring nature. You also must have a commitment to helping others. Nurses are charged with communicating difficult and sensitive information. You need to do this courageously and effectively.

Training as a vocational/practical nurse enables you to turn your passion for helping people into a successful career.

Vocational/Practical Nurse Diploma at Vista College

Our Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma helps you prepare for a career caring for disabled, sick, injured and recovering patients. On successful completion, you could be working in a private home, nursing home, clinic, hospital or a doctor’s office. Your duties may include:

  • Administering medication competently and safely
  • Providing care to patients
  • Evaluating clients
  • Performing wound care and assessment
  • Assuring patient safety
  • Preventing patient injury
  • Liaising with multiple healthcare personnel, such as physicians, registered nurses, dieticians and more


Via a mix of lab and classroom work, you learn:

  • Nursing Skills
  • Professional Development
  • Health Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Child Health Nursing
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing and more


This training can prepare you to pass the National Council Licensure Exam for Vocational/Practical Nurses. This then enables you to obtain your license and begin your rewarding new career.

This program is available at the following campuses:

  • Beaumont, TX
  • El Paso, TX – North Loop Extension Campus
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Las Cruces, NM


Computer System Administrator/Technician

There are ample night time positions for computer techs. In fact, these are arguably some of the best paying night jobs. Virtually every business nowadays has a computer system, and this will only increase in the years ahead. Computers never sleep — they can need maintenance any time of the day or night.

There’s also computer glitches that need to be investigated and fixed. For many businesses, it’s better to have someone do this in the evening when the rest of the staff are gone. If you’re thinking of getting into computer system administration, you’re sure to find a shift pattern to suit your night owl lifestyle.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Computer System Administrator Technician field is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this exciting field is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is due to the continued demand for mobile computing, more everyday items being connected to the internet, the storage and collection of big data and the current emphasis on cloud computing.

If you’re interested in computer repair, you could be maintaining and repairing servers and computers. You may also be tasked with configuring or building new hardware, installing and updating software, and/or creating and maintaining networks. You could work in almost any public or private setting that contains a computer. You can find a job in a central service center, retail computer sales or a corporate IT department.

No matter where you work, you’ll perform similar investigative and physical processes, including technical support. When you have more experience under your belt, you may have the opportunity to specialize in a specific field such as information systems, system administration or data recovery. The world of computers is vast, one day you could be changing incorrect settings, the next, finding and removing viruses and spyware.

As a computer tech, you can work for yourself, too, charging the hourly rate you feel your services are worth. You can work from home or start your own repair shop. When you are qualified in computers, you likely always have work available — and you can set your own hours.

Information Technology Diploma at Vista College

As you know, people with robust knowledge of computers are in very high demand in all sorts of settings. This is one of the reasons we offer our Information Technology Diploma. Having a strong working knowledge of information systems is the perfect platform to begin a rewarding career in the ever changing and growing field of computer network management.

In under a year, you could begin the job of your dreams. With our hands-on training, you can confidently compete in the employment market for positions in:

  • Computer repair
  • Computer sales and marketing
  • Technical support
  • Systems and network administration and more


If you already have some previous career experience or prior education in the field, you could be looking at beginning a career in advanced technical support or network administration.

The program is available at the following campuses:

  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Fort Smith, AR


Other Careers for Night Owls

In addition to the careers above, there are many other work opportunities available to you if you don’t work particularly well from nine-to-five. A few others include:

  • Protective Service Worker. Working in jail and prison security as a police officer, correctional officer, security guard, private investigator or a firefighter are all jobs that require you to be at work at many different hours. Training will vary depending on the specific job. However, most protective services occupations ask that you have a high school diploma college degree and other specific training.
  • Funeral Director. When you’re a funeral director, it’s your duty to be on call throughout the day and night. Also, funeral homes tend to be open during evenings and therefore need to be staffed. To gain employment in this sector, you need to be a good communicator, understanding and empathetic. You also need two years of formal education, as well as undertaking an apprenticeship and a formal examination.
  • Taxi Driver/Rideshare Driver. Becoming a taxi driver or a rideshare driver means you can choose to work any hours you want. Evenings, especially on weekends, are a lucrative time to get out and offer your services. Local governments set requirements and licensing standards for taxi drivers.


Your Next Steps Towards Your Night Owl Career

At Vista College, we offer a multitude of accredited programs and flexible routes into a job that suits your lifestyle and natural working inclinations. We work to equip you with the tools you need to embark on a solid career that will provide you and your family the security and adaptability you need.

Many of our courses can be completed in under a year. Combining this fact with the flexibility we offer, you may find you can study throughout the night to gain the qualifications and experience you are looking for. Our Online campus offers many course options that are completed entirely online. Or, if you prefer, you can join in with your peers for classes at one of our Vista College campuses.

Our objective is to ensure your success. With classes beginning every five weeks, you won’t have to hang around waiting for your studies to begin. You can even work in your current job while you are taking courses! At Vista College, we provide you with hands-on and personalized training from our qualified and expert instructors. Our classes are entirely student-focused, so you can share ideas and learn with confidence.

We take you through your options for financial aid and tailor the learning plan that works for your specific lifestyle. If you’re ready to take the next step to ensuring a worthwhile and exciting new career, contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

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