The hardest part of finding jobs for teens can be knowing where to look. After scanning this list of 71+ job ideas, I am hoping that will no longer be a problem for you.
All you need to do is highlight the ones that sound fun and get started! But always remember “Work to Learn, Not To Earn.”
#1: Job Search Sites: Snagajob.com
There are lots of job search sites out there that tell you a list of places that hire teenagers. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming. My favorite of all the sites is Snag A Job. You can fill out a profile and start connecting with employers. Click here to learn how.
#2 Online Business
Have you ever thought of becoming the next big Youtuber or Blogger? I’m sure you are spending lots of time-consuming media online and in your favorite social networks. Why not spend less time consuming and spend more time creating. If this sounds interesting check out my FREE guide to help you start your own website as a teen that makes money.
Restaurants have high turnover rates, so there are almost always places that hire teens around. You can start off as a busser, dishwasher, cashier, or even a host. In applying for these kinds of jobs, you will want to advertise that you are an efficient, courteous individual. You can find tons of restaurant jobs on Snagajob.
- Food Prep
Always had dreams of being an entrepreneur? Tired of working for someone else? Try starting your own business! Any of the above jobs can evolve into your own business with some hard work and sensible advertising. We’ve got some tips to help.** For more ideas on starting your own business check out our 200+ ideas for making money as a teen.
You don’t have to go work at a restaurant to find a job as a teen, you can work from home on your computer by becoming a freelancer on sites like Fiverr.com and Upwork.com. I have hired a teen from Fiverr.com to help me with several projects. These are some of the categories for jobs you can get hired for on Fiverr.com.
- Graphics & Design
- Digital Marketing
- Writing & Translation
- Video & Animation
- Music & Audio (The teen I hired did some voiceover work for me!)
- Programming & Tech
- Fun & Lifestyle
#6 Child Care
Many teens start with babysitting but babysitting can lead to nanning. As a college student, my sister was able to make $4000 a month from her nanny job while going to school. It all started because she was a great babysitter as a teen. Check out our Babysitting Business Academy to learn how to turn babysitting into a formal job.
#7 Fast Food
Fast food companies also have a high turnover and offer a plethora of teen jobs. You can find fast food jobs for teens with Snagajob.
- Food Prep
- Food Prep
- Unload Food truck
#8 Survey Taker
Have you seen my blog about Swagbucks? If you haven’t, here is the gist: you can make money from home taking surveys. It won’t make you a millionaire, but it is easy and only requires time.
- Click here to start with Swagbucks (age 13+)
#9 Grocery Stores or Super Stores
These can be great jobs for teens that turn into more. You can easily move from bagger to cashier to a manager, and more often than not, you will be able to transfer to a different location if/when you move or go to college.
- Bagger/Cart gatherer
- Sales Associate (Try smaller businesses…Probably not going to get a job at Dillard’s, but maybe a local boutique)
#10 Amusement/Water Parks
If you care a lot about your work environment and are just looking for summer jobs for teens, this can be a great place for you!
- Office work
- Custodial Work
#11 Parks & Rec/ YMCA
If you want to work with kids, but don’t want to be a babysitter, try these positions! These are also great summer jobs for teenagers.
- Summer camps
- Referee/Scorekeeper for everything from little league, adult teams, to club tournaments
- Stay and Play Attendant
#12 Entertainment Centers
These locations are jobs that hire teenagers quite regularly. They may even come with some great perks!
- Club Houses
- Movie Theaters
#13 Camp/Country Clubs
Everything from “Cubs Club” to “Camp Xtreme” often provides jobs for teens.
- Country Clubs
- Rec Centers
- Scout Camps
#14 Car Washes
Now, this one is referring to the car washes that actually use people. The great part about washing cars is you can earn great tips. My nephew consistently earns $12 an hour.
- Washing cars
Clients can be neighbors or you can work at a nursery or landscaping company.
- Mowing lawns- My friend owns his own lawn mowing business and always hires around 10 teens to help him mow lawns. The great part is it is super flexible.
- Watering plants/other maintenance
- Sales Associate
#16 Customer Service
Any store that has a cash register (um….like every store everywhere) needs someone to manage it. These jobs may be harder to get if you are under 16.
- Assisting customers
#17 Trade-based jobs
You may not think of these as “teenager jobs,” but they can be really influential in getting you on the path you want to be on.
Trade-based jobs definitely apply to the “Work to learn, not to earn” principle. For example, if you want to own your own auto mechanic shop someday, you may try to get a job in a mechanic shop.
You might start with really low pay, just sweeping the floors. But if you are proactive, you may be able to learn a lot by watching the mechanics work or asking them why they made certain decisions. Then, in a couple of years, you will stand out above all your competition because you know the tricks of the trade that you can only learn by spending time in an auto shop.
You also will meet the right people. That, in and of itself, can get you on the path you want to be on.
Truth is, there are a lot of things we haven’t listed here that you could potentially do. Keep your eyes open and don’t be afraid to share with your friend’s parents that you are looking for jobs for teens. Chances are, they’ve heard someone say, “I would love to pay someone to come _________.” and you’ve got yourself a job
If you like to stay tidy, you could find yourself in a good business.
- Small businesses need someone who can come in and do simple maintenance, like vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning the bathroom
- Or you can go with big businesses and try to get on their custodial staff. The bigger the job, though, the more likely they are to hire a cleaning company or an adult they can trust with their large cleaning machines and a giant supply of cleaning supplies.
#20 Office Work
Chances are your parents or someone they know works in an office They probably have some menial tasks that they don’t want to do but aren’t worth hiring a full-time employee. This is the perfect opportunity to hire teens.
- Data Entry
- Odd jobs. Once I stuffed envelopes for several hours every day after school for a week for a large cell phone company in my area.
#21 Selling Goods
Find something you like to make that people want and need. Here are some ideas:
- Sewing things (get ideas from Pinterest)
- Baking (homemade bread is hard to refuse)
- Fixing electronics
- Making jewelry and/or other accessories
- Burn or etch designs in wood or metal
Depending on where you live, you may have opportunities around you to help plant, tend, or harvest crops. These are great jobs that hire teens. In my community, there are lots of cherry farmers and when the cherries are ripe the farmers and processing plants hire hundreds of teens for 3 to 4 weeks. The great part is they get tons of overtime. Talk about a sweet summer job for teens! No pun intended 😉
- Farm Owners
- Packaging Plants
Jobs for Teens -> Job for You
You can now no longer say, “I don’t know where to apply,” or “I don’t want to work fast food, so I am out of luck.” There are SO MANY options.
And, you don’t have to settle for doing something you hate or working with people that drive you crazy. Where do you think you could thrive?
If you know of jobs for teens that aren’t on this list, tell me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.