Teen Jobs

Top 6 Summer Jobs for Teens

Did you know… 98.6% of young people hold at least one job between the ages of 18 and 25?*

Picking up a summer job is a great way to gain work experience, make new friends, and earn some cash! Here are our top picks:

1. Camp Counselor

Do you enjoy being outdoors, working with kids, and leading others? If so, consider applying to be a summer camp counselor! Bonus: If you apply to an overnight camp, you’ll get the chance to live away from home for a while and test out your independence.

2. Food Service

We know- it’s not very glamorous. However, working in food service is a great way to boost your communication skills, as well as show future employers that you aren’t afraid to put in hard work.

3. Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Animal lovers: This one’s for you! Start up your own business, set your own prices, and establish your own hours. It’s a great way to earn extra cash and keep a flexible summer schedule. Try posting on local neighborhood Facebook pages to advertise your services.

4. Tutor

Tutoring is a great side-gig if you’re academically inclined, and you’ll get to set your own rates and hours. Try asking a few teachers if they know anyone looking for a tutor, or post flyers on community boards— these can usually be found at libraries, grocery stores, and coffee shops.

5. Retail

Working retail is a great way to build your people skills. Look for openings at your favorite store— they probably offer an employee discount! You might even be able to continue your retail job part-time during the school year.

6. Lifeguard

This one requires a little more preparation— lifeguard and CPR training are a must. For those who like to spend time outdoors, swim, and help others, it’s a great option.

Here are some great companies that are known to hire teens:

  • AMC Theatres
  • Chick-fil-A
  • PetSmart
  • Publix
  • Michael’s
  • Starbucks
  • Whole Foods

Make sure to check with your local establishments for information on hiring policies!

*Source: https://youth.gov/youth-topics/youth-employment 

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