• http://twitter.com/EducationCents Education Cents

    When I was in high school, I worked part-time between my sophmore and junior years as a cashier at the local grocery store. I did it for three months in the summer, and ended up quiting just after school started because I got a role in the school play, which ate into my availability.

    The next summer, I worked for a friend of the family, helping them renovate their kitchen and organize their storage area. I guess you’d call what I did “personal assistance.” It paid handsomly (for 1999) and was a lot of fun. The skills I learned set me up to work backstage at a local community theatre during my senior year, which then lead to my part-time job in college doing similar work.

    I definitely think teenagers should work in high school.

    • realist

      yeah if you can find a fucking job

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    I was a lifeguard in high school and it was a great job! Though, I do recommend private pools over public pools–better pay and not as hectic. At our blog we tried to come up with job ideas for kids from high school down to grade school. Your list for high schoolers is pretty extensive. I’ve included the link to our list, and would love to get your thoughts on summer jobs for kids under 15.

  • Guest

    My children have all worked as lifeguards and swim instructors. With those two certifications, they work on average 55 hours a week. This money adds up to help them pay off student loans…While in college, they got additional certifications to work better jobs; CNA, Pharmacy Tech, and Phlebotomy. Jobs that pay more than minimum wage helps pay student loans quicker!

  • Nataliezuber

    I am a junior in high school and I currently work at a gymnastics coach at the gym I have grown up at. I am working with my coaches, some of whom taught me 14 years ago when I was two years old. It is such a fun job and working with different kids ages 2-12 never gets boring.

    • peter

      hi!!! i’am 14 years old too. i really need a job. i have read what you wrote, it was interesting to read….. Please if you can help me with any job call me a this number
      (646)500-3651……. thanks.

      • Guest

        I think you read the question wrong

  • Troutaholic

    If you live on the water, fish cleaner is by far the highest paying job that doesn’t have any education requirements. The marina I used to work at, i was paid minimum wage + $0.40 per pound, which really adds up fast on weekends or the summer. Nasty work, but I made way more than anyone else I knew, even a lot of adults.

  • Salman

    Very infoemative piece of information.please do include workimg from home jobs such as internet marketing.i am also doing it currently as part time along with 60 million americans and huge amount of people worldwide.if anyone of you want details about this field do contact me at:[email protected]

  • av3nger

    Almost 18 and still haven’t had my first job…can’t get one…no idea.

    • Guest

  • Moneystreetsmart

    av3nger- Like grocery/retail jobs- Look in your local newspaper to see if your town offers a Co-op/farmers market. The work days are usually saturday/sunday and the hours are flexible. A great way to make some extra money and NETWORK with other people in your community who may be willing to offer you something else in the future. Meet people, talk to them, and make sure they remember you! Good luck in the job hunt!

  • Gbati

    only 15, but can i do

  • Steve

    Animal Shelter…..really? With the pit bulls? Is cosmetic surgery offered as a benefit?

    • Chris

      I volunteer at an Animal Shelter sometimes and I’ve worked with plenty of pit bulls. I’ve never had any problems with them. In fact, they’re really nice dogs. They just have a bad reputation because of what a few owners have done.

      • zayajay

        no they have a bad rep because no matter how well they are raised they can for no reason get pissed off and take their anger out on you because when they get that mad it is to kill the target. a little girl sleeping got attacked for no reason and they trained that dog to a tee. the reality is its an overly aggresive breed some can be nice but it doesnt matter they are ticking time bombs. and once your pitbull growls or bites at someone really aggressively for no reason . get rid of it .

        • Tina

          That’s a pretty stupid comment to write. Obviously you’ve had no experience with pit bulls because that’s what everyone else who has never had one says. I have three pit bulls and they are the sweetest things u can imagine. They would never hurt me or anyone else so don’t comment things when u have absolutely no idea what your talking about

        • leslie

          She’s right pit bulls are only aggressive if their owners are.The owners arethe role models

        • Chris

          Pit bulls are good dogs but the scientific explanation is that their brain actually outgrows their skulls which causes pressure on their brain which, in most cases, leads to aggression and frequent snapping and biting.

        • yvonne

          Get rid of it?!?!?! Did your mom say that when you threw a fit as a kid? Or when you hit a kid at school or anything else during the ‘learning’ stage of whats right and whats wrong. People every single case of dog attacks needs to be reviewed on a case by case basis as wedo in our court systems. Just because one white, asian, black, guy, girl killed someone or attacked someone we all should be smart enough to know that the rest of that certain race shouldnt be pre-judged…..so why do that to animals?

        • Subprime

          That is absolutely the dumbest statement I’ve ever read. I have 2 pit bulls and they are the sweetest dogs I’ve ever had. And the best part is that they are intelligent, and don’t run off when outside. I can walk them without using a leash. When I was a kid, it was Chows and then rottweilers, pit bulls are just next in the line of urban myths, The only danger you’re in from my 2 dogs is getting licked too much.

  • http://www.ayahsblog.wordpress.com/ Ayah-Sofia

    If you don’t mind working for free the opportunities are endless. For example, I’ve worked as a corporate blogger and a brand ambassador. You gain relevant skills, great references and a job satisfaction, not to mention, how good this would look on your Resume/CV.

  • Renee

    i need a weekend job. I am 17 go to high school and a career school for cosmetology mon-fri. not many jobs that seem to help me our be flexible enough..

  • Wolf

    What about lifeguarding? If you are a lifeguard, you get paid well, often enjoy your work, get some exercise, can chill in the pool when your work is finished or are on break (and have free access to the pool), and can socialize with the other lifeguards, or the patrons when on break

  • Ruth

    By all means, I think high school students should work, but I found this article kind of misleading. Unless you are babysitting a very wealthy (or very generous) family, don’t expect $15/hr. When I was in high school (about 6 years ago), I got paid $10/hr to babysit which I considered to be very good, but the father of this family also inherited his father’s multi-million dollar business, so they had quite a bit to go around. Typical middle class families will probably pay you minimum wage (or a little bit less).

    • PixelBit

      Maybe that has something to do with inflation.

  • Hard Working Man

    I didn’t want my teen age kids to work, so they could focus on school and go to college. That was the plan at least…..What happened was they got lazy, had no idea why going to college and getting a good job was important, since they never worked a crap job in thier life. They spent all thier free time(way too much free time) devoted to teen age drama and their school work ultimatly suffered. So I am now pushing my teenagers to get jobs.

  • Steven Cooper

    I think kids should work but instead of getting a job, I think they could learn more from starting their own business. If they get a job then that becomes the engraved way to make money in their minds. If they start a business while they are young they can learn from failures and successes only failures don’t matter since mom and dad are still providing for them. Why not have your kids figure out business skills while they are young there is nothing to lose. They can probably make more money with their own business vs. getting a part-time minimum wage job.

    I have been interviewing kid making money on a website that I run and it is really cool to see kids build passive income businesses while they are still at home and then after they move out they have an income stream to help provide for their needs.

  • BLANK

    Where is the LIFEGUARD?????

  • Shane H.

    Love how people seem to think pizza delivery is even a viable option. What they dont tell you is that if you do deliveries for anybody you have to have a commercial auto policy. On the cheap end its like $350-$400 a month for an 18 year old with a clean record. That right there kills any kind of tips you might make. All in all your still stuck with minimum wage or less. Good luck trying to make any money delivering pizzas.

    • Cameron F.

      don’t wreck. get liability only. ugly used car with small engine, your insurance won’t cover your car anyway. drive defensively, safe, and efficient; not fast. purchase basic tools and learn how to be an amateur mechanic. make nearly $8.50/hour including time working on car after expenses.
      realistically it’s not worth it. unless you like working on cars i guess.
      source: me last 3 years.

  • Wolfy

    My first (and current) job is as a stablehand. I’m 15 and I make $7.50/hr. Cons: work in all kinds of weather, a bit hazardous as I’m there alone unless I bring a friend/parent, physical, not a lot of hours to work (2 hours mornings and/or nights). Pros: never boring, learn something every time, Fun, tough job.

    • Rajan

      pllz tell me all
      ………………….i need to do……..

  • Camille

    Best job I ever had in high school was definitely working at a movie theater.

    • Maggie

      What was your favorite position working in the movie theater ?

  • wil

    lifeguard

  • Darrell Quakenbush

    Any of the Sitting Jobs are the best….Dog Sitting, House Sitting and Baby Sitting

  • The piggy pusher

    I used to play a mean mackerel back in my day…

  • Josh CMPTLLM

    most of these you have to be 18 to do, which is not teen but adult, therefore a majority of this list is wrong and a waste of time.

    • Evelyn.

      18 is actually a legalized teen (hence the TEEN in eighTEEN) but whatever.

      • BreezyAustralian

        So someone who is one-hundred and eighTEEN is a teen as well? (Hence the TEEN)

        • Evelyn.

          *slowly claps* If my point was in Australia, you’d be somewhere in the Kuiper Belt.

        • simmerkatt

          Here in Australia the legal age to work is 15, but McDonald’s (and maybe others) let you work at 14 or lower.

        • Evelyn.

          Cutely clever. *slow claps* do you feel smart or?

          Quite unfortunate that’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a while.

    • Katelyn Avery

      Most adults don’t know this. Even when I was a kid, 14 or 15 year old’s could get jobs, but then when I got to that age they changed it to 16. Later on they changed it to 18. I’m 21, almost 22, and most job applications say 18 and older for these jobs.

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  • Bruce

    almost everyone of those jobs in my area is filled by illegals

  • Mariah Brenda Rodriguez

    I am a 17 year old from MA, I have never had a part time job and really need one. I rather stay clear from any job that involves constantly talking to people or handling money (basically cashier jobs are a no go) I also have visible piercings and tattoos, are there any easy jobs out their that I am eligible for?

    • S?MEER ?

      Look for a sales floor job at Target, Walmart or any Department Store.
      Sales Floor means you move stuff around and if someone looks interested in an item or lost you try to get them to buy it or say “is there anything your interested in” or whatever the store tells you.

      These kind of jobs are generally easy and you don’t have to keep talking to people or handle money. Most people have credit cards/debit cards nowadays don’t they? Lol. Best of luck

  • jerry jewbags

    Sorry students, skilled trades, manual labor, babysitting and nanny services, restaurant cook and dishwashers, car wash attendant, and some retail jobs are all performed by illegal aliens. Of course most of young liberals adore them and would do anything for them. So now you can forget getting jobs in those fields. Oh……….. and when you graduate from college. IT, web developer, most engineers, physicians, most technology jobs will be performed by Indians and Asians. Again the people that you adore and advocate for. Good luck with the student debt…..”hope and change”…..suckers
    If you a guy. Join the army and maybe you might survive going to Iraq or Afganistan. Hopefully you won’t have many nightmares and you will retain the operation of your arms and legs.
    If your a hot girl. Be a stripper and become an escort. Hopefully you won’t die from HIV/AIDS or get busted or shot by black pimps or cops.

  • Rainbow

    I am 17 and I have had several work experiences–all of which are opportunities that I have found myself and worked hard for.

    My first paid part time job is my role as an art commissioner on Etsy. It started as an experiment: I just wanted to sell some of my handicrafts online. It evolved into a business all by itself; after nearly three years, I have 4k in profit and a satisfying list of customers. I built my rep on that site, and it became the springing board to launch me into the real world. Critiques from customers, issues/accidents during shipment, time management, communication, advertisement, taxes, etc. All of these issues are ones that I had to handle alone. My parents did not play any role in this, perhaps except for helping me to establish my own bank account. (They are not fluent in English, which is part of the reason that I have to have a source of income to help support the family.) I am still involved in it today; it pays about $60/hour; profiting about $50. It happened because I was passionate about art.
    I take on fully paid research jobs during the summer in different renowned institutions too. The most recent one paid 2.5 k for two weeks, not including the money they gave for my meals, parking passes, and other arrangements. The one before paid quite a bit too. I applied to many, many openings, and got rejected by most. But it all worked out well–now, I have a research paper in hand, experience, money, and almost guaranteed acceptance from the institution. I know it will get me more scholarships as soon as I become more involved in science competitions. It happened because I was passionate about science.
    I am a writer as well–I don’t make profit off of my works because I’m not ready for the world to see them yet. I write and blog on renowned websites. I publish poetry collections and novels. I have a wide network of readers for my fanfictions, who will no doubt support my works if I were to publish. I couldn’t even speak English fluently five years ago. I loved reading; I loved writing. There was an opportunity for me to improve and entertain myself; I took it. It happened because I was passionate about writing.

    I got a bit sidetracked, but all of this supports my point: there isn’t really a ‘recommended job’ for high school student. Do what you love, and do it well. Your passion is what would set you apart. There is only so many days that we live on this Earth, why don’t you work for something you like?
    I have many friends that drag themselves unwillingly to work in that one restaurant or have to work for that one grumpy boss every day. They don’t realize that opportunities never come looking for them; you have to look for opportunities yourself.

    Last of all: I am an immigrant in a geographically disadvantaged area. I am economically disadvantaged. I am not privileged. Don’t tell me that you can’t find a job. Yes, you can. It might not be an easy one, so I suggest you get off your lazy butt and start working for a change.

  • Rainbow

    I am 17 and I have had several work experiences–all of which are opportunities that I have found myself and worked hard for.

    My first paid part time job is my role as an art commissioner on Etsy. It started as an experiment: I just wanted to sell some of my handicrafts online. It evolved into a business all by itself; after nearly three years, I have 4k in profit and a satisfying list of customers. I built my rep on that site, and it became the springing board to launch me into the real world. Critiques from customers, issues/accidents during shipment, time management, communication, advertisement, taxes, etc. All of these issues are ones that I had to handle alone. My parents did not play any role in this, perhaps except for helping me to establish my own bank account. (They are not fluent in English, which is part of the reason that I have to have a source of income to help support the family.) I am still involved in it today; it pays about $60/hour; profiting about $50. It happened because I was passionate about art.
    I take on fully paid research jobs during the summer in different renowned institutions too. The most recent one paid 2.5 k for a few weeks, not including the money they gave for my meals, parking passes, and other arrangements. The one before paid quite a bit too. I applied to many, many openings, and got rejected by most. But it all worked out well–now, I have a research paper in hand, experience, money, and almost guaranteed acceptance from the institution. I know it will get me more scholarships as soon as I become more involved in science competitions. It happened because I was passionate about science.
    I am a writer as well–I don’t make profit off of my works because I’m not ready for the world to see them yet. I write and blog on renowned websites. I publish poetry collections and novels. I have a wide network of readers for my fanfictions, who will no doubt support my works if I were to publish. I couldn’t even speak English fluently five years ago. I loved reading; I loved writing. There was an opportunity for me to improve and entertain myself; I took it. It happened because I was passionate about writing.

    I got a bit sidetracked, but all of this supports my point: there isn’t really a ‘recommended job’ for high school student. Do what you love, and do it well. Your passion is what would set you apart. There is only so many days that we live on this Earth, why don’t you work for something you like?
    I have many friends that drag themselves unwillingly to work in that one restaurant or have to work for that one grumpy boss every day. They don’t realize that opportunities never come looking for them; you have to look for opportunities yourself.

    Last of all: I am an immigrant in a geographically disadvantaged area. I am economically disadvantaged. I am not privileged. Don’t tell me that you can’t find a job. Yes, you can. It might not be an easy one, so I suggest you get off your lazy butt and start working for a change.

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    Im trying to get a photography job, or atleast sell my picks. Anyone have any ideas?

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