Once teens get to be a certain age, they’re probably ready to start making a bit of money. (And let’s be honest — you just might be ready for them to as well.) If you’re looking for some of the best jobs for teens, this list has plenty of great options.
Depending on your state laws, the age teens can start working is going to vary. Some states allow kids to start working at age 14. But there are a few other facts and procedures to know when teenagers start to work.
Check your local state labor laws to make sure you and the place of your teen’s employment are following the rules.
Best Jobs For Teens
When it comes to teens working, you and your child may feel overwhelmed and not sure where to look. Luckily we live in a world where there is something for everyone — and a teen job is much easier to find now than ever before.
What are your teen’s skill sets?
Before diving into the job options for teens, sit down with your growing child and figure out what they like to do and what they’re good at.
This doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get a job in those areas, but it does help prepare them to be alert to similar opportunities. It may also help them know what to look for and possibly what to turn down.
Jobs for Teenagers
These teen jobs can be great for a teen who is looking for fast and semi-simple work.
- Dog walker
- Fast food worker
- Grocery bagger
- Lawn mower
- Errand runner
- Coffee shop barista
- Social media poster for companies
- Library assistant
- Animal shelter attendant
- Newspaper delivery person
If your teen has their driver’s license, it opens the door to more jobs in your town rather than just in those closest to home.
Entry-level jobs for teens
If you’re looking for simple and easy jobs for your teen, find ones that will work on teaching them life skills. They can carry these with them as they grow and use them throughout their life.
Jobs that teach them patience, customer service skills, and how to correctly give back change are key! (Seriously, why do so many people have a hard time with that?!)
Talk to your teen about the true commitment they’re making
As much as I cringe saying this because I feel old (and I also feel like I’m turning into my mom), teach your teen that a “job is more than a job” when they’re just entering the workplace.
Not only is this a way for them to learn responsibility and earn money, but it’s also a way for them to value time (their own and others’), gain people skills, and learn how to interact with the public while reacting appropriately as well.
Last but not least, get ready to prepare them for the biggest wake-up call in life — ever. The amount of taxes that get taken out of their paycheck . . . it’s the way of life but even as an adult, it still sucks every single time.
These job ideas for teenagers can be a quick and simple way for them to learn job skills, gain responsibility, and help to understand the importance of financial independence. And if they work at restaurant, you just might be able to get some free fries out of this!