This is your first time applying for a job, and you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry, we know how intimidating the job process can be. But before you even start the job search, get familiar with what kind of jobs are out there for you!
In the 21st century, teen jobs are no longer limited to scooping ice cream at your local ice cream shop (as cool and delicious ice cream is). There are plenty of opportunities out there; you just have to know where to look. And more importantly, it’s good to be aware of the kinds of jobs that are available to you as an ambitious teen.
We’ve compiled a list of the best 45 part-time jobs that are perfect for teens.
Some Factors to Consider as a Teen Employee
Before we dive deep into our list of teen jobs to consider, take the following factors into consideration before pursuing part-time jobs. This is especially important if this is your first time juggling schoolwork and a part-time job.
Ask Yourself: Why Work Part-Time?
For many teens, working part-time is not an urgent need. With that in mind, take some time to think about why you want to work part-time? Do you want to make money? Or do you want to learn a new skill? Are you interested in shadowing someone?
Whatever reason you have, don’t forget it! It’s easy to lose sight of your original goal when you’re knee-deep in applications or the job itself.
Schedule & Time
As a teen, this is probably your first time managing academic studies and part-time work. So learning time management is crucial. There are obvious benefits to working part-time, but it’s also crucial to recognize the potential downsides of working too much.
According to The College Board, teen students who work more than 15 to 20 hours per week, often experience a significant decrease in academic performance. Moreover, that’s also less time to do what teens do best: being a teen, hanging out with friends, and exploring your interests.
Location & Transport
Before applying to jobs, consider how you’ll get there. As independent as getting a job may seem, keep in mind how you’ll get there. Do you still rely on your parents or siblings to get from A to B? If that’s the case, definitely consult with them before applying to or taking any job.
If the job you’re interested in is in close proximity to public transportation, consider taking that provided that it’s safe and convenient. Alternatively, you can tailor your job search so that it’s within walking or biking distance. Or if you have access to your own computer, find remote work opportunities!
On top of that, where you live heavily influences the job opportunities available to teens. For example, if you live in a town that’s near a ski resort, the jobs available will concentrate heavily on ski resorts. And if you love skiing, that’s great news!
Your Passion & Interests
Working part-time, especially as a teen, means you have time on your side, so you can truly pursue your interests. And what better way to explore your passions while earning money? Don’t feel like you need to settle for just any job that comes your way.
Reflect on what you’d like to learn more about. What industries do you want to learn more about? Do you aspire to open your own business? Do you love being outdoors? Applying for jobs that relate to your passions or interests will make your work that much more rewarding. Plus, it’ll help you narrow down your job search as well.
What kind of experience do you bring with you? Some jobs may require a certain set of skills. If this is your first time working a job, and the job you’re applying for asks about your previous experience, consider what type of skills you gained from school, like sports or other extracurriculars that might satisfy such skills.
Is the job looking for a self-starter? Someone who is outgoing and knows how to engage with others? Or are they looking for someone with Adobe Creative Suite experience? These are all skills you that you may want to reflect on your resumé.
Now that you know what it takes to hunt for jobs as a high school or college student, let’s share 45 jobs that are a great match for teens!
The Part-Time Job List for Teens
Local Business Part-Time Jobs
What jobs are in your town? It may be just a matter of asking your neighbors for jobs. Or your local businesses. Check out your local chamber of commerce to start. On top of searching these jobs online, you may also find listings the old school way, i.e. a poster taped onto the store window or telephone pole.
- Au pair / Babysitter
- Brand ambassador
- Carshare driving
- Office receptionist
- Library assistant
Food & Hospitality Part-Time Jobs
You can always trust food and hospitality employers are actively seeking help. This is just a small sampling of what you may find, but these are the most popular. If you love food or love working with people, this is an industry that’s worth your while.
- Line cook
- Retail associate
- Hostel staff
Health, Entertainment & Sports Part-Time Jobs
A job that gives you close access to what you love doing most when you’re not studying? People often forget that places you frequent, like the cinema or gym, need staff to keep operations in smooth working order.
- Yoga studio receptionist
- Fitness instructor
- Spa receptionist
- Movie usher
- Fitness gym associate
- Golf caddy
- Rock climbing gym associate
Creative / Startup Part-Time Jobs
Do you have a love for the creative arts? Or do you dream of working at a startup? There are a lot more jobs for teens in these industries than you think. Some of these are even location independent, which means you can work remotely.
- Content writing
- Photographer assistant
- Video assistant
- Virtual assistant
- Production assistant
- Administrative assistant
- Photo editor
- Social media assistant
Some jobs are “part-time” in terms of seasonality. Some jobs are only available during certain seasons of the year, i.e. summer jobs or winter jobs. If you live in or near seasonal climate, chances are you will find employers that hire seasonally.
This is particularly common in beach resort and ski resort areas, and locations that have a strong outdoors industry presence. We covered the ins and out of seasonal work in our seasonal employment guide. If you value working outdoors or working close to what matters to you most, e.g. skiing or surfing, definitely head over to PeakSeason to start looking for opportunities in your area.
- House / Boat caretaker
- Cabana boy/girl
- Surfing instructor
- Skiing instructor
- Chalet host
- Holiday sales associate
- Camp counselor
Finding Part-Time Jobs as a Teen Is a Lot Easier Than You Think
Being a teen doesn’t mean you can’t find awesome jobs in incredible places. You have quite a few options; you just have to know where to look! Take the job hunting tips and this list as a jumping point to get a sense of where you want to start looking.
What cool part-time jobs have you worked as a teen? Let us know in the comments below!