Many high school students want jobs while they’re teens. Whether it’s to help pay for college, have extra spending money, or even help with the family finances, having a part-time job in high school seems like a rite of passage nowadays. But what kinds of jobs are available to high school students, and of these available jobs, which ones are the best.
Here are five jobs every high school student should consider:
- Retail. One of the benefits of retail is that jobs are usually plentiful and have a very low barrier to entry – meaning no previous work experience is required for many of these jobs. The other benefits of retail include flexible schedules, merchandise discounts, and pay raises at regular intervals. While retail isn’t the first career choice for many high school students, the opportunity for advancement into management positions is greater than in other fields.
- Babysitting. This job requires a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit because most babysitters don’t work for a company, they work for themselves. Being self-employed allows the student to set his/her own hours and pay rate. The other benefit is that babysitters get to work with kids of all ages and do activities that are much more fun than restocking shelves at the local grocery store. The only downside to babysitting is it’s usually thought of as a “girls only” type of job. That may be the stereotype, but boys can also be successful babysitters with a little hard work and proving their trustworthiness.
- Landscape/Lawn care. Working outdoors is a big bonus to many high schoolers who cringe at the thought of having to work inside. This job is unique because the student can either get a job with a landscaping company, where regular work and pay can be expected. Or the student can open up their own shop and advertise their services to neighbors, friends, and family. If living in a warmer climate, landscaping can be a year-round job. But if it’s a climate with cold winters, then this can make the perfect summer job.
- Waiter/Waitress. Working in a restaurant is another popular job choice among high school students. Part of the appeal of this industry is it offers mostly night and weekend hours and the pay can be pretty good. The only potential issue to watch for is that the hourly rate can be well below minimum wage in many areas. The low wage can be made up with customer tips. If the student is good with customers, has an outgoing personality, and can provide great service, there is a lot of money to be made in a restaurant.
- Tutoring. A lot of high school students excel at one or more subjects. Why not help other students who are struggling with these subjects and make some extra money too? Tutoring opportunities are available in just about every subject, but the math seems to be the one that’s most in-demand. Tutors can set their own rates and hours, making it extremely flexible for high school students and a great way to earn some extra money.
These are some of the more popular jobs for high school students that can be taken on part-time. While most students don’t expect to make a career out of their first job, it’s a great way to start building a solid work history that can help future employment.