Getting a summer job is a great way for teenagers to gain work experience and extra cash to put toward college or their first car. As the economy reopens, there will be plenty of opportunities for young adults to enter the workforce. If your child is looking for a seasonal gig, send them this list of the seven best summer jobs for teens.
Become a Pet or Babysitter
As COVID-19 cases decline, many workers are returning to the office, which means they’ll need someone to watch their kids and pets. Teens can search for pet and babysitting jobs on websites like Care.com, Sittercity, Rover, and Wag.
But before they start the job hunt, it helps to get some certifications to make their application stand out. Teens who want to be babysitters can take a course like Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training, which teaches nannies how to discipline kids, handle medical emergencies, and more.
If your child is more interested in pet sitting or dog walking, they can take an animal care course from Pet Sitters International or learn the basics by doing some online research.
Work at a Pool or Beach
With more people getting vaccinated every day, many pools and beaches are likely to be open this summer. That means there will be plenty of lifeguard and beach monitor positions available. Many beaches and pools also hire maintenance staff to clean the restrooms and other facilities, which is an option for teens who aren’t strong swimmers.
If your child is good with kids, they may even be able to snag a position as a swim instructor and earn an average of $11.14 per hour.
Work at a Camp
One of the best summer jobs for teens is working as a counselor at a summer camp. They’ll not only get paid for their hard work but also gain leadership skills that are important for college and beyond.
Camps usually hire older teens who have experience with kids to work as counselors and pay them an average of $13.27 per hour. If your teen is younger and doesn’t have much work experience, they can apply for counselor-in-training positions or jobs in the kitchen, back office, or maintenance department.
CoolWorks and CampPage are great places to look for open positions at summer camps. Teens can also ask camps they’ve attended in the past if they have any jobs available. Camps often like to hire teens who have been through the program themselves to make the training process easier.
According to a recent study, nearly 9 in 10 parents are concerned their kids have fallen behind academically due to coronavirus-related school closures. So many families will be looking for a tutor for their children this summer to make sure they’re prepared for the school year ahead.
Teens can advertise their tutoring services by putting up flyers in schools and libraries. They can also find jobs on Care.com or post about their services on neighborhood Facebook groups and local apps like Nextdoor.
Become a Referee
Teens who have experience with sports can become an umpire or referee for local little league teams. Youth sports referees earn an average of $11.58 per hour, but it can be a stressful job.
Sometimes parents and coaches don’t agree with the decisions the referee makes. So your teen will need to learn how to stand by and defend their judgment calls.
Wait Tables at a Restaurant
Many restaurants are struggling to find employees as they reopen for indoor dining. If your teen has good people skills, they may be able to land a job as a waiter or busser. Waiters earn an average of $16 per hour, making this one of the most lucrative summer jobs for teens.
Get a Seasonal Farm Job
One of the best summer jobs for teens who live in rural areas is working as a farmhand. Many farms have produce stands or pick-your-own operations and need workers to staff them.
Some farms may also need help planting and harvesting their produce or taking care of livestock. Your child can even contact local farmer’s markets and ask if they have any open positions.
What was your first summer job as a teen? Let us know in the comments section below!
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