5 Best Jobs For Teenagers [Teen Article]

Iris is a 17 year old from Fremont, CA. She enjoys creating through art, writing, and graphic design, researching anything that catches her eye, and hopes to combine everything she loves one day into a career.

One of the best things about being a teenager is becoming independent. Yes, no more will your spending money will be based on a childish allowance (if there was one), but on a real job. However, where can you find the best jobs, especially as a teenager with zero-to-little working experience? What are the best jobs anyway? This guide is here to help you get a head-start on the job search, with a list of the best 5 jobs with examples.


While these are the 5 best jobs, it will be advantageous to apply to any job within your limits. Not only will it increase your chances of getting a job, but you’ll open your eyes more for unforeseen possibilities, such as ones featured on http://www.coolworks.com/.


With the recent downturn, many adults are also competing for these same jobs, but your options are not limited. Sure, clothing stores as Forever 21 and toy stores like Build-a-Bear can definitely be first on your list. However, try to branch out to large, busy department stores such as Target and Whole Foods, within areas nearby decent neighborhoods. Also, walk around your local mom-and-pops, and see if they’re hiring. Above all, a bright smile and an earnest, helpful attitude are most important when working retail, which may also encompass stocking goods, working as a cashier, or opening/closing the store.

Food Service:

Yes, those stories of flipping burgers are rooted in reality – they are often a first job for many young adults, due to the little experience required. Food service jobs can teach you to be a strong team worker, a multi-tasker, and a greater respect for how the plate gets to your table. For a great model of a franchise, look to In-N-Out, with great hours, benefits, and a reasonable pay of $10-12/hour. Also, consider working for a small, family-owned restaurant, where they could be more accommodating to your working hours. Waiters may clean and prep tables for turnovers, balance getting out dishes and taking care of customers already eating, cleaning out the bathroom, along with other duties.

Government Jobs:

No, I don’t mean suiting up and walking to the State Capitol. If you look on your local city/county website, there are several job openings available for teenagers. Looking on my local website, I can see several openings for tennis instructors, coaches for youth league matches, museum jobs, and life-guarding. Some, like life-guarding, will require pre-training lessons, as well as several papers, but the above-average pay and usually better conditions are worth it. These are also the best kinds of jobs to take on during summer, when you are able to devote full-time. For more, look at http://www.studentjobs.gov/.


Are you excellent at a specific subject, and are able to explain/teach it to people that are slightly struggling? Have a good track record of references from your fellow students and teachers about your skills? You may be suited for tutoring. Not only can you form a one-on-one bond with your student, but if tutored properly, your student may see a real improvement in their grades. Also, not only will it help you more strongly develop your own skills in the subject, but it will result in a great job reference in the future from whoever hired you. In turn, many tutors have reported learning many things from the experience, such as communication skills and life lessons. However, being successful requires organizing a good curriculum and discovering the most effective study method for your student, as well as reasonable patience depending on the student’s personality and attitude.

Camp Counseling:

An up-and-coming opportunity, they are a great way to work a lot of hours within a short amount of time, and an amazing place to work with kids. With more children becoming increasingly diversified in interests, there are now several types of camps: math and science camps, arts camps, computer camps, etc. For a better chance of getting a paid summer camp job, look for opportunities for a week of volunteering at local summer camps, for community service hours,  experience, and a great reference. This job requires working whole days and a cheerful disposition. For more information, look at http://www.mysummercamps.com/.

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