The Best And Worst Industries That Offer A Graveyard Shift

Some people work nights out of necessity – they go to school during the day or they’re juggling parental duties with their spouse. Others opt for the nightshift because of their lifestyle; they don’t go to bed until dawn; may as well get paid for it. 

Regardless of the reason, some industries are great for working the graveyard shift. Others may leave you seriously considering a career change. 

So, what are some of the best? They include:

The medical industry

Whether you’re an ER doc or an x-ray tech, the medical industry never disappoints. Sometimes it’s packed with adrenaline-filled moments while others it offers a welcomed reprieve. And you get to help save lives. Be sure to mention that on your next date. ;)

The casino industry

There’s a reason Vegas never sleeps – people are too busy gambling. If you work in the casino industry, odds are you rely mainly on tips and that makes the late shift your bread and butter. Not only are casinos much busier after dark, but people tend to be more inebriated and more liberal with their gratuity.

The restaurant industry

All-night diners and coffee shops (and other establishments open 24 hours) are ideal for people who like people. Yet the graveyard shift provides an opportunity the dayshift doesn’t: downtime. Working overnight at a restaurant is often much less stressful and less rushed than working breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you’re in management, this is even better: the extra attention you can give your customers means you’re less likely to get yelled at in the wee hours of the morning.

But what about the worst industries? They include:

Convenience stores

Working at a 7-11 or other convenience mart at night is a very lonely experience. You’re not likely to get too many customers through your door. The ones that do come in? You have to worry that they’ll rob you. This isn’t to say robberies can’t happen during the day, but they’re much less likely during the graveyard shift. 


Like the above, security isn’t the safest industry, especially when you work at night. Not only is crime more likely to happen under the cover of darkness, but many security guards have little more than a baton upon which to defend whatever entity they are “securing.” The nightshift can also be rather boring and slow. This industry might be the reason crosswords were invented. 

Cab driver

You may get more business if you drive a cab at night, but you’ll also find yourself in seedier situations. From the frat guy who pukes all over your backseat to the woman so inebriated she can’t remember where she lives, you’ll certainly meet colorful characters. You may be up for this, or you may prefer to drive folks to the airport during broad daylight. 

Every industry has its ups and downs no matter the shift you end up working. But the graveyard shift is a different kind of ballgame. The above gives you a good idea as to the benefits and drawbacks of certain industries. Of course, it really comes down to personal taste. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. 

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