Summer Jobs for High Schoolers & Teens
Just because you're still in high school doesn't mean that you can't find a job for the summer. In fact, in most communities, jobs are readily available to high school students, especially during the summer.
Are you interested in landing a job when school ends? If so, here are some of the most popular options.
Did you know? Federal laws in the United States limit your work options if you're under 18. Students aged 14-15 can work a maximum of 8 hours a day and no later than 9 PM during the summer. Students aged 16-17 have no hour limitations but can't work in jobs deemed hazardous by the Labor Department.
Because the mall and other shopping locations are busier during the summer, most hire extra help from high school students. You can work in a specific area of a department store, at a store specializing in a certain type of product (like a pet supply store or clothing store), or at a grocery store.
If you enjoy being around children, a babysitting job might be right for you. To make more money (and have a better chance at getting hired), consider taking a child CPR and first aid class, which prepares you for emergencies that may arise while you're sitting.
Lawn Care Jobs
Students who enjoy working in physical jobs outside can consider lawn care gigs. You can look for an official lawn care position with a company, or you can simply offer services to your neighbors.
Food service jobs fall into a few different categories: fast food cashier, waiter/waitress, host/hostess, cook, busboy/girl, and management. Typically, high school students interested in summer jobs start out by working in fast food or as a busboy/girl, but you can certainly work your way up to a management position if you continue to work during the school year on a part-time basis or come back every summer to work at the same restaurant.
Amusement Park Jobs
During the summer, amusement parks open across the country, which means that tons of jobs also open. Teens can't always run the actual rides (most parks require operators to be at least 18), but you can work running game booths, selling tickets, cleaning the grounds, entertaining guests, and operating food or gift stations.
College students aren't the only ones who can land camp jobs.
If you're under 18, you might not be able to work independently, but many camps have junior counselor positions option, as well as jobs for teens available in the kitchen or maintaining the grounds.
If you can't find a summer job that interests you, you can also consider volunteering. The disadvantage is, of course, that you don't get paid as a volunteer, but the advantage is that you have more control over your industry so you can work in a field where you'd like a real job in the future.
Keep in mind that internships are also sometimes available for teens looking for summer jobs. Internships sometimes come attached to a paycheck, but this isn't always the case. Since you aren't a college student yet, you won't get college credit for an internship, but you will gain experience that looks great on a resume, and high school internships can also help you get into college.
The jobs you do over the summer while you're in high school will prepare you for more advanced jobs in the future. Let's switch gears a bit and talk about some temporary seasonal positions that are available for adventurous workers in Alaska.