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Summer Jobs for 16 Year Olds


If your teen is looking for a summer job, here are some ideas for 16 year olds. Jobs and pay are variable based on your location, the difficulty, and the time it takes to complete each job.

1. Working Retail

Typically 16 year olds can begin working in retail stores at age 16; the laws vary by state. Check with your local ordinances to determine age restrictions and if the teen needs a worker's permit.

2. Lifeguard

If your teen likes to swim, lifeguarding can be a great summer job. They'll get to spend time outdoors at the beach or the pool.

3. Babysitter

Babysitting is a popular summer job to explore when school is out. The Red Cross offers babysitters classes to prepare teens for babysitting.

4. Restaurant Worker

Depending on the state labor laws in your area, you may be able to be legally hired by a restaurant. Common jobs at this age include fast food workers, busing tables, and hosting.

5. Golf Course Worker

If your teen likes to golf, then a summer job working maintenance at the golf course could be the perfect summer job. Teens should explore jobs at places they like to spend a lot of time to find a summer job they will enjoy.

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