What may very well be the ultimate temp job on the planet is pretty much for men only. (Oh look, see the HR compliance managers keeling over.)
Sure, there are a few Mrs. Clauses out there, but every kid knows Santa is a chubby guy with a white beard, ruddy cheeks, and a deep Ho, Ho, Ho.
What the kids don’t know — and not a lot of the rest of us either — is that the kindly shopping mall Santa can pull in $8-$12k for the six- or seven-week Christmas holiday season.
One of the best seasonal holiday jobs
CareerCast, which lists playing Santa as one of the best of the seasonal holiday jobs, says a few of the jobs can pay $100 an hour at the high end. Those who get on the corporate and social holiday circuit easily make that much, and sometimes much more, like up to a few grand per gig.
The downside? There’s no career advancement opportunities, it will never turn into a permanent job, and chances are good that some of the kids are going to throw up (or perhaps do something else) on you.
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On the other hand, playing St. Nick beats working as one of Santa’s elves — a job CareerCast puts in its worst seasonal job category.