Socializing and laughing while getting paid is the best summer gig for teenagers. It keeps them out of trouble, and they don’t have to worry about the seriousness and demand that other jobs, such as retail and fast food restaurants, can bring. These four jobs will allow teenagers to be active and have a great summer while getting paid to do so:
1. Camp– Working as a camp counselor has a lot of benefits for the active teenager. There are so many camps to choose from, that narrowing down a particular camp based off of personal interests is totally possible. Choosing to be a camp counselor in a sports, music, arts, or even science camp could be a fun way to teach and lead younger children in an area of interest and expertise. Websites like Greatcampjobs.com has a listing of great summer camps all over the United States. Something local like the YMCA or community recreational centers are even more ideal and offer career opportunities targeted towards teens.
2. Babysitting– What’s better than watching and playing with kids all summer in the comfort of an air conditioned house? The kids are out all summer long from school. There should be plenty of babysitting to go around to make a pretty decent amount of money to spend on the weekend or save for that first car. If possible, babysitting for the same family or families will be ideal so that making a set schedule will allow both work and play. Care.com makes it easy for teens to get the ball rolling on advertising their services and availability online. Advertising on playgrounds or with flyers doesn’t hurt either. As long as parents know there are babysitters available, you better believe they will be calling!
3. Sports Complex– Working at the skating rink was always something I wanted to do as a teenager. I would have loved to skate while others skate, but get paid for it! I would have even settled for working behind the snack bar. The skating rink is where the action is. Other sports complexes such as bowling, batting cages, and swimming pools, just to name a few, offer the same satisfaction of being paid to do something that you actually like.
4. Theme Parks– Next to sports complexes, this is the Mother of all Mothers! Really, it is. Every summer my friends would fight to be the first one in line at the job fairs at Carowinds and come back telling the most awesome stories. To make it worse, a lot of them got paid a lot more than what the rest of us were making working fast food jobs. Finding out the hiring dates and application process for the closest major theme park in your area can be quick by searching the web.
Although there are plenty of jobs that hire teenagers, finding a fun and active gig for the summer is ideal for a teenager in order to get paid while having a great time.