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Top 5 Summer Job Ideas for Teens

Your first summer job is something you’ll never forget! Whether you’re trying to make and save some extra cash or just want to meet new people, a summer job is your first foray into adulthood and can be, believe it or not, fun! Need some advice on where to look for great summer gigs? We found five awesome suggestions over at Forbes:

Camp Counselor

Are you interested in leadership? For teens that are natural leaders or educators, a summer job as a camp counselor is an ideal pick. This job will allow older teens to spend time outdoors, mentor younger kids and help them to develop new skills. A great perk of this job, aside from being paid to spend plenty of time outdoors, is that you will be developing loads of transferable skills that will be useful throughout life, such as leadership abilities, communication and conflict resolution skills. This job also requires teens to live away from home, which can help them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.

Golf Caddy

Perfect for teens that enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, caddying can be a great choice of summer job. This job does require an understanding of the game and some physical endurance, as there is a lot of walking involved as well as carrying a weighty bag of golf clubs. However, the pay certainly isn’t bad considering that you can expect to earn anywhere between $50 and $100 for about four hours of work. Many of the more generous golfers may also reward their caddies with a tip.

Retail Sales

Perhaps one of the more diverse job options for teens, retail sales offers a great deal of opportunity for teens that are looking for work. This type of work can pay anywhere in the range of $11 to $13 an hour depending upon the duties involved. Inventory, stocking shelves, product demonstrations, handing out samples in grocery stores, customer service or operating a cash register are all options when it comes to retail sales. This type of work can be great for teens that are particularly sociable, as they will often have to interact with the public in addition to working as a part of a team.

Life Guard

A great choice for teens who are strong swimmers, life guarding can be a challenging position that comes with a fair share of responsibility. Completion of certification courses is required to be a life guard and is typically limited to those who are over the age of 15, so a bit of pre-planning will definitely be required if this type of job appeals. This job requires a high level of maturity and professionalism, but it is a rewarding job that can help teens to develop their decision-making skills and confidence while earning somewhere between $9 and $10 dollars per hour.


Teens with a nurturing spirit who enjoy children could consider taking on a summer job as a nanny or babysitter, a position which is in high demand during the summer months when working parents need to secure childcare for their young children. This job requires someone who is highly responsible and can resolve conflicts. Though this job pays reasonably well, generally in the range of $10 to $15 dollars hourly, it can also require a great deal of patience. This is a great choice for teens who wish to pursue a career in teaching, child care, social work or any other field that makes use of social skills or requires interaction with kids.

To read the rest of the story (including five more great jobs for teens!), head here

Source: Forbes

Do you have a summer job? How did you find it? Leave your own advice for finding a summer job and the best gigs to look for in the comments below!

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  1. Jesus_brooke

    Posted by Jesus_brooke on June 22, 2014 at 12:20

    All of these look really interesting! 😛

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Skipp20 on June 25, 2013 at 18:12

    I work as a page at the library. It’s a minimum wage job, but it’s easy and I actually enjoy it. It’s simple work, I don’t have to deal with people too much (making it a good job for more shy people like me), and I love being surrounded by books. I get first dibs on books to check out since I work there, and I don’t have to pay late fees. I’m so glad I work at the library…working at a store or restaurant or as a babysitter would stress me out! Plus I get a pretty good workout from putting books away…I do so many squats a day it’s crazy. So if you’re looking for an easy, low-stress, flexible-schedule kind of job (who wouldn’t want that), you should see if your local library needs any new pages!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by recreatedgrace on June 22, 2013 at 15:05

    I would love to get a summer job but I’m spending a few weeks of my summer Junior Interning with my church (unpaid) so I can’t really 🙁 Luckily I’m starting to find babysitting jobs more!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by sixchickflicks on June 22, 2013 at 12:58

    I got my job during school of 2012 and I still have that same job. Living in a college town doesn’t help you get a job. I work in a food company. I did do babysitting though 🙂

  5. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on June 22, 2013 at 12:33

    I love the idea of being a camp counselor! The only problem is that they would probably mistake me for one of the kids because I’m only 4’10”. So I can’t do middle school camp counseling lol!

  6. Vlaswift15

    Posted by Vlaswift15 on June 21, 2013 at 22:36

    I got to counsel the first time this summer at a Bible camp and it was so much fun! I loved it, but it was tiring! From 6 am to midnight or later, but it was so worth it! Getting to share Jesus with them was amazing, and it was wonderful to let God use me to encourage the girls who already knew him in their walk with Christ! I can’t wait to do it again!

  7. AllThatGlitters

    Posted by AllThatGlitters on June 21, 2013 at 12:51

    I just got back from my counseling job at a summer camp! It was so so fun 🙂

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by julefaith on June 21, 2013 at 11:45

    I am privileged to be a camp counselor at Camp Luz in Orrville, Ohio! Even though it is a 3-hour drive from my house in Erie, Pennsylvania, it is so rewarding to be able to minister to these kids on a personal level =) I would highly recommend it!!

  9. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on June 21, 2013 at 08:24

    I’d love to be a nanny, but I can’t quite yet. I’m hoping to work at Marshalls next summer though! 😀

  10. Mandi Pi

    Posted by Mandi Pi on June 20, 2013 at 17:50

    Stella Vee: if you see this, hi it’s Amanda Finnigan from chat here! 😉

    • Mandi Pi

      Posted by Mandi Pi on June 21, 2013 at 15:02

      thanks (: do i know you from chat or were you just sayin’ hey? (:

    • angelina3001

      Posted by angelina3001 on June 21, 2013 at 14:46

      heyyy Amanda!!!

      I love your pic better than mine.

    • Mandi Pi

      Posted by Mandi Pi on June 20, 2013 at 18:20

      oh hey you live in Texas too!! coolio! 😀

      • Mandi Pi

        Posted by Mandi Pi on June 21, 2013 at 12:25

        or 7 p.m. central time tonight? (i’m just not completely sure yet when i’ll be free tomorrow)

      • Mandi Pi

        Posted by Mandi Pi on June 21, 2013 at 12:23

        mmhhmm. (: (if you don’t know, you can click on people’s usernames, and it goes to their profile page) (: if you see this any time soon, you wanna pick a time to go on chat tomorrow/later today/Sunday?? maybe 2 p.m. (central time) on Sunday?

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by stellavee492 on June 21, 2013 at 10:53

        Oh you live in Texas?! AWsOME 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by stellavee492 on June 20, 2013 at 18:08

      I see it! 😀

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by hollyjolly on June 19, 2013 at 17:26

    I’m a swim lessons teacher Monday-Wednesday and on Saturdays, a nanny on Thursdays for two sweet, sweet angels, and a swim coach in the early mornings Monday-Friday. Also, I am leaving all that behind for two weeks to go and serve as a CIT at a church camp. Super psyched!

  12. lilyworshipsongs

    Posted by lilyworshipsongs on June 19, 2013 at 13:55

    I’m only just starting high school, but I know a mom (who does my moms nails actually xD) and next year her youngest will be four (The youngest I’m willing to go to alone) and I think up to an 11 year old (10-11) plus a couple in between, so I look forward to next summer’s babysitting 😀 (I already work in a nursery, so it should be semi-easy money xD)

  13. Dee

    Posted by Dee on June 19, 2013 at 09:02

    I’m a nanny! And I’m applying for a lifeguarding job starting in the fall semester! 😀
    Nannying requires a TON of patience and you have to be the bad guy sometimes, especially if you’re watching more than one kid. But it is SO worth it if you love kids! 😀 I’m watching three kids, 5 days a week, and I’m also the resident lifeguard. haha
    To be a lifeguard, you need to take classes and get your certification. If you’re not a good decision maker… this probably isn’t the job for you. The class may not be long, but if you’re not used to being in the water for long periods of time, it’s gonna be a tough class. But it’s another one where it’s totally worth it. If you’ve got a good teacher, the class can even be kinda fun, especially if you enjoy swimming and learning new things.

  14. aggiegirl45

    Posted by aggiegirl45 on June 19, 2013 at 08:35

    I’m volunteering at my church with elementary kids!

  15. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on June 19, 2013 at 04:49

    I would love to be a camp counselor!! But I`m going to babysit a cat(I know it sounds weird. Haha) and working on a local, christian newspaper.

  16. gracers122

    Posted by gracers122 on June 18, 2013 at 19:08

    I babysit 🙂 It’s really worth it! I babysit twins who are 15 months and a 5 year old. I adore them! They go to my church so I see them more than once a week!! When I’m old enough to drive other people, I can be more involved in their lives and be more of a nanny to them

    I also will be a camp counselor at my camp next year!

  17. Rosalynn

    Posted by Rosalynn on June 18, 2013 at 18:08

    I would love to be a counselor!

    Instead I get to wash dishes for three hours straight.

  18. MeganMiller

    Posted by MeganMiller on June 18, 2013 at 11:07

    I would love to be a Camp Counselor one summer. But this summer I have a babysitting job. Which pays very well! I do either 1 or 2 days a week, and it’s a perfect job for me 🙂 I would highly recommend a babysitting job for anyone who loves to work with kids.

    • vanilla

      Posted by vanilla on June 18, 2013 at 17:44

      I’ve babysat too, and I would recommend it for someone who loves kids AND has a lot of patience (or wants to learn to become more patient). If you’re working with a group of siblings that don’t get along, and you’re trying to get them to play together nicely, it can really be a challenge. But if you love kids a lot and can resolve conflicts well, it would be a GREAT job for you!