The most likely areas for part-time jobs, says guide author JoAnne Alter:

Accounting: Bachelor's degree usually a prerequisite; junior-college associate degrees may suffice for lower-paying jobs. $6-$10 an hour.

Data Processing: Word-processing machine operators--often typists who train themselves on the apparatus--"should be able to write their own ticket." Usual pay: up to $10 an hour.

Engineering/Technology: Permanent part-time work remains rare, but temporary work for trained engineers and science technicians available almost anywhere. Four or five-year bachelor's program usually required. $10 to $15 an hour.

Health Care: Registered nurse, about $9 an hour; licensed physical therapist, $10 an hour; licensed practical nurse, $5 an hour; dental hygenist, $7 an hour; medical/dental assistant, $4 an hour.

Office Work: With specialized training--such as bookkeeping, the ability to speak a second language or use computers--someone with good office skills almost assurd of finding part-time or temporary work. Pay for an experienced temporary secretary, about $6 an hour.

Service Work: Day care, business-support services, leisure services, home maintenance and improvement, personal services.

Landing a good part-time job involves the same skills, says Alter, as hunting for a full-time job, "only it takes more preparation, more time and usually more effort."