Job Options for (Younger and Older) Teens

Randall Hansen
by Randall Hansen   Career Advice Expert 

Most studies show that teens who work part-time or summer jobs gain valuable experiences that help build both educational and job-related skills.

Working helps teens build self-esteem and independence while also learning time-management team-building and communications skills.

Teens of all ages can work and this article provides a quick overview of the types of jobs and employers for both younger and older teens. Remember to review more detailed advice in our Tips for Teens: How to Find Your First Real Job.

Jobs For Younger Teens

  • Babysitting service
  • Car-detailing service
  • Catering service
  • Cleaning service
  • Educational tutoring service
  • Errand messenger service
  • Freelancing service
  • Online Web business
  • Painting service
  • PC tutor
  • Pet sitting service
  • Yard maintenance service

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Typical Teen Employers

  • Summer Camps
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Outlets
  • Municipal Park & Recreation Services
  • Local Government Summer Programs
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotels Resorts
  • Clubs
  • Movie Theatres
  • Lawn/yard maintenance Services
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Retail Stores
  • Small Businesses
  • Corporate Offices

Typical Teen Jobs

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Amusement Park Attendant
  • Baby-sitter/Nanny
  • Bellhop
  • Busboy/Busgirl
  • Camp Counselor or Counselor-in-Training
  • Carpenters Helper
  • Cashier
  • Computer Programmer
  • Construction Helper
  • Copy Machine Operator
  • Counter Attendant
  • Data-entry Person
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Delivery person
  • Dispatcher
  • Dog Walker
  • Electrician Helper
  • Factory Assembler
  • Farm Worker
  • Gas Station Attendant
  • Grocery Bagger
  • Grocery Stocker
  • Groundskeeper
  • Home Companion/Caretaker
  • Host/Hostess
  • Hotel Desk Clerk Assistant
  • Janitor
  • Kennel Attendant
  • Kitchen Helper
  • Lawn/Landscape Worker
  • Library Assistant
  • Lifeguard
  • Maid
  • Mail Clerk
  • Maintenance Helper
  • Masonry Helper
  • Messenger/Courier
  • Movie Theatre Attendant Usher
  • Packer/Mover
  • Painters Helper
  • Parking Lot Attendant
  • Photographer’s Helper
  • Plant/Nursery Assistant
  • Plumbers Helper
  • Receptionist
  • Retail Clerk
  • Swimming Instructor
  • Vehicle washer/detailer
  • Veterinarian Assistant
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Warehouse person
  • Word Processor

About the Author

Career Advice Expert

Randall Hansen Career Advice Expert

Dr. Randall S. Hansen is the founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the web, as well CEO of Dr. Hansen is a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles to his name. He is frequently quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country; he is also an educator who has taught at the college level for more than 15 years.


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