Remuneration varies with each FWT position. Some are volunteer, some pay, and some offer housing in lieu of salary. Short-term positions that provide the benefit of professional development are a valuable commodity. Many employers have large numbers of students willing to volunteer in exchange for this opportunity. This is the case especially in major metropolitan areas and competitive industries such as film and television, health care and research, social services, and publishing. Many nonprofit arts or service organizations are unable to afford to fund short-term employees, but welcome volunteers.
A student should not expect to make or save money during FWT, but rather to cover basic living expenses and to learn as much as possible about the world of work. Some students find a separate part-time job to help cover costs associated with Field Work Term. This approach permits students to commit the majority of their time to the experience that is in their field of interest. Both the paid and unpaid work can be counted toward the FWT hours requirement.