Great Summer Jobs For Teens

Working teens

The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming. The itch is growing, the itch to be free. The kids are counting down the moments, the seconds before they will be released from their cage of learning. Soon they will be unleashed upon the Earth with the final school bell of the year.

For your teeneagers you may be asking yourself, what are my kids going to do all summer. You think to yourself you, I still have to work what will they do when I am gone. What kind of shenanigans are my kids going to get into with little oversight and lots of free time.

Then you realize, just like you, they should get a job!

Ahhhhhhh, the introduction to the workforce. The place in life where your child will be telling their children “You know what I was doing at your age?”

But where does a parent start in helping their child to get a summer job? And why is a summer job important to my child?


Getting your teen to understand the importance of getting a job is more critical now than in decades past. In the 1980s and early ’90s, 40 to 50 percent of teenagers held jobs, compared to May 2017, only 35 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds were employed, according to a report from Pew Research Center.

Teens who work jobs, can see what type of employment opportunities are realistically available to them once they graduate. If your teen isn’t satisfied with the job they are working they may decide to pursue a college degree. The knowledge gained from working and on the job training can help them apply for better opportunities.


Working as a teenager will build a foundation of both working skills and financial responsibility. When your child earns the money they are spending it will begin to show them the effort that goes into each and every dollar they wish to spend. They will learn to put into context what they want compared to what they have.


Despite what you may think there are a myriad of jobs available for your child. Even as young as 13 your child can find some type of employment.

Although jobs for a young teens are limited there is still potential for great experience.

Federal law in the United States limit the types of jobs for teens of 13 years of age. It says that you can only work as:

  • delivering newspapers
  • babysitting
  • cleaning up leaves in the garden of your neighbor
  • or work as an actor, model

Many of us may have worked at these positions when we were young. However the scope of work that your children can do has also shifted into the online market. Fiverr (Available to users at 13 years of age) is an online marketplace where people are looking for help in designing a logo, writing articles, or looking for a spokesperson for their product or company.

Once your child is 14 then many more opportunities open up. 14 year olds can work in a variety of non-manufacturing and non-hazardous jobs. They can work in retail, food service, or a recreational park.  Some other jobs your 14 year old can do.

  1. Grocery Clerk
    Job Duties: Unload product off of the truck to be stocked on shelves. Cashier duties include checking out customers and operating a POS (Point of Sale) system.
  2. Waitstaff
    Job Duties: Responsible for creating an enjoyable dining experience for residents and their guests.
  3. Team / Crew Member
    Job Duties: Greeting customers with a smile. Maintain restaurant cleanliness.
  4. Sport Assistant Referee
    Job Duties: Under the direction of the Sports Director, the Assistant Official is responsible for the implementation of all league rules and laws pertaining to the sport.
  5. Lifeguard Job Duties: Lifeguards must meet physical requirements as well as mental ones, as they must be able to learn course material including CPR and pass certification tests before they can actually guard a pool or beach.

After 16 years old the hourly work restrictions drop and now is time to begin a resume.

As a 16-year-old teenager you can work without restrictions on working hours but there are some jobs that are classified as hazardous works that you should not be doing.

Also give your child the ability to create his own business. If you want to provide the entrepreneurial fire in your child heart, here are some ideas to help with that.


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Many businesses post jobs and freelancers submit pitches to apply. The fee structure is based on your lifetime billings with each client. Upwork isn’t just for writers. Other categories include marketing, web development, customer service, and design to name a few. Bid on projects across several categories to find what most interests you.

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Has a massive array of designs that are crowdsourced from a global community of more than two million independent designers. Their platform also offers the ability for customers to create their own individualized products, providing infinite possibilities. They have partnerships with major entertainment properties such as Marvel, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, ABC, CBS, Peanuts and Pixar, which allows customers to celebrate beloved brands.

When you create a free account with, you’ll be matched with people in your area who are willing to pay for your services. offers various opportunities to make money, such as childcare, pet care, housekeeping, and more.

With all these options available your teen should have no issues finding work and keeping themselves busy.

Good Luck to you future employees and employers!


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