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2nd Shift Jobs - What Are They and How to Get One

2nd Shift Jobs - What Are They and How to Get One Image

What Is a 2nd Shift Job?

The 2nd shift is an evening or night shift. A 2nd shift job refers to any job that requires employees to work after the first shift (traditionally 7 or 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m.) is finished. Second shift usually means that you will work from 4 p.m. until midnight or 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Second shift jobs are available in any career that needs coverage after traditional business hours. Some examples are medical careers, retail, and manufacturing.

What Is a Rotating Schedule?

A rotating schedule refers to a scheduling practice used by some employers to cover various shifts. With a rotating schedule, employees work a certain shift, for example, first shift (day shift), for a set period. They then rotate and work second shift (evening or night shift) for a set period. They may rotate again and work third shift (night shift) if their career requires such hours. They then begin the rotation again. When you are working a rotating schedule, it is important to manage your sleep patterns because switching shifts can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Proper sleep and eating right are crucial to your health in shift work jobs.

What Is the Difference Between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Shift?

While there are some variations from across industries, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd shifts need to cover a business 24 hours a day, and so are divided into 8-hour increments. This may be a first shift from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., second from 4 p.m.-midnight, and third from midnight to 8 a.m. In manufacturing work, traditionally the hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m., 3-11 p.m., and 11p.m.-7a.m. Some jobs may require 9-hour shifts with hour beaks so that shifts overlap and workers can communicate with each other at shift change.

What Are the Benefits of a 2nd Shift Job?

The benefits of working a second shift job vary from one career or industry to the next. If you have very young children, it may enable you to be home with them during the day while your partner or a caretaker is home with the children in the evenings. Sometimes second shift workers get paid more for working nontraditional hours. Also, for those in hospitality jobs, like waitstaff, the best tips may be made during the second shift.