Next Gen: Top 10 summer jobs for teens

Jun 02, 2014

Let's face it, between school, home, friends, and extracurricular activities, life as a teenager can be chaotic. Many teens view summer as a time for relaxation and vacation, but for some, it's all about the money. Here are some popular part-time jobs that let teens earn extra cash while gaining valuable experience for the future.


Landscaping and Lawn Care

Many people don't have the time or aren't physically capable of caring for their lawn and garden. Landscaping is a challenging job that entails manual labor and long hours. If your teen doesn't mind getting dirty and loves the outdoors, nature, and designing, this job is right for him or her.


Camp Counselor

If your teen is interested in gaining knowledge and experience in leadership, brainstorming, and teamwork, working as a camp counselor is a perfect choice. As a counselor, your teen will be a mentor to other young people, modeling good behavior and other positive qualities.



If your teen is at least 15 years old and a proficient swimmer, he or she might consider training to be a certified lifeguard. Lifeguarding is a rewarding job that develops confidence, decision-making skills, conflict resolution, and professionalism in your teenager.


Starting a Business

Starting his or her own business for the summer is a great way for your teen to earn some extra cash and learn the ropes of running a business at the same time. Some ideas include babysitting, cleaning, messenger/errand service, car washing/detailing, house painting, and pet care.


Concert/Event Venue

This is a job fit for a teen. Jobs at concert or event venues include ticket sales/stubs, reception, concession stand, parking, security, and cleaning services. Your teen could also get involved in the technical, marketing, and coordinating side of event planning.


Food Services

If your teen is a social butterfly and loves interacting with people, restaurant employment might be right for him or her. Food industry positions can help your teen develop people skills, self-esteem, and responsibility, while enjoying a bit of socializing.



If your teen enjoys working with adults or kids and excels at school subjects such as math, science, English, computer software, or foreign languages, he can establish a moneymaking business. This opportunity will also strengthen your teen's teaching and people skills, while solidifying his knowledge in her field of expertise.


Sports Instructor

Many teens are involved in extracurricular activities and sports during the school year. This is a great opportunity that will boost your teen's confidence, provide healthy physical activity, and improve her people skills.


Movie Theater

Free movies, free popcorn, and socializing are just a few of the benefits you get when working at a movie theater. If your teen is a movie buff, this is the perfect environment for him to spend his summer working hours.



If your teen wants to gain experience for her professional future, an internship is the best summer employment plan for her. If the experience is more important than the money, an internship will propel your teen in the right direction as she gains confidence, professional knowledge, and real-world experience.