Jobs for Teens: Employers Hiring 14 - 17-Year-Olds

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The summer job has long been considered a rite of passage for American teenagers but sluggish job growth has made securing employment – for anyone – a job itself.

With work hard to come by in most sectors of the economy, college students and graduates are snapping up work that was traditionally considered the domain of high schoolers in the past. But if you're a job hunting teenager or the parent of one, don't let this news discourage you. Although increased competition has raised the bar for all applicants there are still plenty of options for teens to consider as the school year comes to an end. To make your search a little easier, we've compiled a list of companies and industries that are teen-friendly and ready to hire.

1. Yum! Brands: Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC

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There's at least one of each of these concept stores in every city, if not dozens, making this a good place to start. Food service work is a common first job for high schoolers and a great place to gain people skills. Pizza Hut in particular is on a hiring spree and has just posted over 6,000 openings. Sonic Drive-In is another fast food retailer that's ramped up hiring; it's even posted openings for roller-skating carhops!

2. Movie Theaters

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Summer blockbusters are a boon for movie theaters. The influx of moviegoers in the summer pushes theaters into hiring mode in the spring. The great news for teens: theaters love to hire them to run concession stands, act as ushers and sell tickets. Their hiring practices also usually fall in line with their states' minimum age requirements. These gigs also have the potential to turn into steady jobs that students can juggle through their final years of high school.

3. Lifeguard

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This is a perfect summer job for athletic kids who want to spend their summer outdoors. Keep in mind that lifeguarding requires training and certification, which typically takes a couple of weeks to complete. This might take as long as a month for students finishing up school classes so it's important to get the ball rolling soon because new hires are usually picked by Memorial Day. The American Red Cross, the American Lifeguard Association and the YMCA are just a few organizations that train and certify lifeguards. The Red Cross's minimum age requirement for certification is 15 but requirements may vary at your local pool, water park, oceanfront or lake.

4. Summer Camps

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Working as a camp counselor is an alternative option for outdoorsy teens. Parents are always looking to keep their young children occupied in the summer while they are away at work, creating a great need for counselors. Applicants usually need little or no experience, making this an easy job to score for a first timer. Check at your local YMCA or elementary school for leads on positions at kids' summer programs.

5. Amusement Parks

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Most amusement and water parks also require little or no experience. Six Flags has posted over 300 positions for applicants 16 years and older. There may also be opportunities at smaller or privately owned parks, which often hire applicants as young as 14. Teens can work in a variety of roles ranging from ticket attendant to rides or games operator to working at a food stand.

Note to our teen readers: For safety reasons, please don't post your email address in the comments section. You can apply for jobs by clicking on any of the links above and follow the prompts.

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Hello. My name Is Olivia O'Connor. I am looking for a job to help my mother pay her bills for her apartment. She is unemployed at the moment and can't find a job she is qualified for. She is having trouble with paying her rent electricity and gas bill and is always asking my grandmother for money but she is not able to help her a lot. Most of the time my mom my sister my brother and I have to skip on some meals so we have money for rent and other bills. I am going to be 14 on the 8th of August. If someone could get me a job I would be very grateful. Please help me so I can help my mother pay the bills and keep my family well fed.

July 11 2013 at 2:12 AM
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I forgot to mention I live in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio.

July 11 2013 at 2:13 AM
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Also my parents are divorced and my dad doesn't give us any money for help So please help me I want to show them I have matured into a fine young lady and that I can handle myself after I get old enough to move out so please please please help me find a job.

July 11 2013 at 2:16 AM

Hello, my name is Tiana, I'm 14 and looking for a job in Glendale, Az. Please notify my if any openings. Thank you.

July 01 2013 at 1:06 AM

Hi, my name is Kiranjit (or just Karen), and I am 14 years of age. I'm looking for a job to save up for college and to not be dependent on people for money. If there is any openings, Please contact me!

June 29 2013 at 4:40 PM
Joshua Hori

Hi, I'm Joshua, I'm 14 years old and looking for a job to save up money for collage and I can do any job for 6 hours Monday to Saturday during the summer and 1-2 hours during the school year.

June 23 2013 at 6:32 PM
Hannah Wallace

Hi, I'm Hannah, 14, and in need of a job. I need to earn some money to pay my dance school fees or I will not be able to continue, Please help!

June 22 2013 at 12:02 PM
Destiny Singleton

hi I am destiny im13 going on 14 I really would like a job please help

June 20 2013 at 10:24 PM

hi, my name is tanaziay tyson i need a job sooooo bad im trying to save money for my future car and i really need a job sooo please help me

June 13 2013 at 4:49 PM
Mike Andrew Grabel

Hi, my name is Michael Grabel. I am in need of a job. I am 15 years old, and im currently trying to save up enough cash to buy the parts i need to fix up my future truck. Having a job would keep me busy and out of trouble. I am willing to do whatever it takes, always.

June 05 2013 at 8:33 PM

hi im destiny and im 15 I am trying to earn money to help my mom and to learn how to not depend on her everytime I would like something.i also would like a job simply because I can keep me out of trouble with my doctor because im over weight so to keep my mind off of eating I would like a job.when im bored I crave foods of all trying to better myself in all ways possible.

May 29 2013 at 11:42 PM
Rasheed Priscilla

i really need this job am new to Canada so i need to live pls

May 25 2013 at 3:47 PM

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