6 Great Summer Job Ideas for Teenagers

Amusement park

Getting a summer job is one of the best ways for teenagers to earn money, gain work experience and learn job skills at a young age. And a summer job can also lead to a full time job during the school year and beyond. 

Amusement Park Jobs

Amusement parks and water parks are great places for teenagers to find a summer job, especially since these parks are only open in the summer. There are many different jobs within an amusement park including:

  • Ticket taker
  • Food and drink sales
  • Concession stands
  • Game attendant
  • Lifeguard
  • Costume character

The best way to find a job at an amusement park is to go or call the parks in your city and ask the best way to apply for a job there.

Grocery Store Jobs

Grocery stores are always hiring teenagers for various job positions. A few jobs include courtesy clerks, which is helping customers out with groceries and gathering up the grocery carts, stocking shelves, customer service and checkout. Some grocery chains can accommodate your schedule when you go back to school allowing you to keep your summer job through the school year.

Retail Jobs

Retail stores are another great place for teenagers to work. You can learn skills in retail like running a cash register, dealing with people, pricing and inventory and product information.

For retail summer job ideas, just look at the stores you shop at. If you shop at a particular store, you can ask for a job application the next time you go in. Think about your interests. Are you interested in books, you could work at a bookstore, if you're interested in music, you can work at a music store and if you're interested in bikes, you could work at a bike store.

Mowing Lawns

If you mow your own lawn, you can certainly mow your neighbor's lawn. Many of your neighbors hire someone to mow their lawns and other yard work like fertilize, trim bushes and set their sprinklers when they go out of town. You can talk to all of the neighbors and find out if they would like to hire you to mow their lawns. It's not a bad job and you will learn early about owning your own business.

Golf Caddy

If you know a little bit about the game of golf or you are an aspiring golfer, getting a summer job as a caddy is great experience. Many city owned golf courses have caddie programs that help students fulfill caddie requirements for college scholarships. The University of Colorado has such a program for example which is called the Evans Scholarship. Depending on the job, a caddy can earn wages and tips or tips only.


Being an intern is a great way to get experience at the job you are interested in as a career. As an example, you want a job in radio as your career; you can get a job as an intern at a local radio station. Some interns get paid and others do not get paid, either way, a completed internship looks great on a resume and you could end up being hired for that company. You can ask your school counselor about summer intern jobs.


There are a number of good summer jobs for teenagers. The pay at any job should be at least your state's minimum wage for that industry. You can also go to the U.S. Department of Labor and sign up for their Summer Jobs hotline.

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