Advantages Of Full-Time Jobs

Many people work multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. Multiple jobs often mean working more than the 40 hours that would count as full-time employment. Fortunately, with such a strong job market, many full-time positions are available for a person to choose from. While part-time jobs offer income, they do not come with many of the advantages or benefits found with full-time jobs. Here are some of those advantages and benefits you can look forward to.

Reliable Income

Knowing how much income you have weekly allows you to budget and pay your bills. Unfortunately, knowing this is often difficult when you work part-time at varying hours. You may work 20 hours one week and 30 hours the next.

When you work full-time, you usually know precisely how many hours your employer will pay you per week. While most people think of full-time employment as jobs requiring 40 hours per week, the IRS defines full-time employment as an average of 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month. No matter what qualifies as full-time at your employer, the hours are usually consistent from one week to the next.

Paid Time Off

With full-time employment, you usually earn paid leave. The amount of leave you earn varies depending on your employer and sometimes on your longevity. For example, your leave may increase annually in specific increments until you reach the maximum amount of available leave. 

Full-time employees are also often granted paid time off for certain holidays. While most employers offer leave for major holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, others may grant lesser celebrated holidays. Your employer may also grant paid leave for other situations such as maternity, paternity and adoptions. 

This paid leave may come in a variety of buckets. Some places offer sick and vacation time while other employers provide paid time off (PTO) leave. PTO differs from sick and vacation time by placing all of your leave in one bucket, which you draw from no matter why you need it. 


Most full-time jobs come with a certain number of benefits. These vary greatly between employers but may include some or all of the following:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Retirement contributions
  • Deferred compensation
  • Educational assistance

Benefits can add substantial value to your income. Not only will these things help protect you if something happens, but your retirement benefits may pay you for the rest of your life.