Memorial Day marks the official beginning of summer. For teens and college students that means one of three things. Either you are:
a) continuing school by choice (to get ahead) or out of necessity (because you failed)…
b) looking for a summer job to earn money or…
c) in for a really boring summer sleeping in and playing video games.
(I know…some of you think “C” is the best option of the three.)
But I also know teens and college students need money. You have lots of expenses, many of which your parents can’t or don’t want to fully fund. So it’s about time you begin to support yourself my working a summer job.
What job would fit your time frame though? You really only have three months to work as the typical school ends in May/June and returns to classes in August/September. Won’t employers be hesitant to hire you if they know it will only be for three short months?
Some might be. Others however, rely on the seasonal influx of workers because summer is their busiest time of the year. So the fact that you are only available for three months matches up with the increased seasonal activity of that position. The employer will be fine when you leave the job to return to school in the fall because he or she won’t need your help anymore.
Jobs You Could Easily Find During the Summer
To that end, here are 10 great summer jobs for teens and college students. In all these areas, employers will be looking for workers during the summer:
1. Lifeguard or support worker
No one except The Polar Bear Club is swimming outside in December. You’ll find many opportunities to be a lifeguard at the beach or your local community pool as more than one is needed at any given time. The city pool I was a lifeguard at during college typically had five working at one time. You’ll probably need some certification or training to secure this job.
But don’t forget about all the other support staff the facility will need. They’ll also need employees to monitor the admissions gate and work in the concession stand.
2. Camp Counselor or Maintenance Employee
Summers are a great time for kid camps of all kinds – sport camps, church camps, activity-specific camps, etc. The regular camp staff will need extra workers to handle the load of youngsters coming their way. So you might find opportunities to work as a counselor, be a member of the maintenance staff or work in the camp kitchen.
Professional landscapers see an uptick of business during the summer as lawns, trees and shrubs become active again. Additionally, homes and business take advantage of the warmer months to beautify their property and often need the services of a professional. It’s a great job for someone who enjoys being outdoors, has an eye for neatness and enjoys playing in the dirt.
Many parents look to get their kids ahead in school or catch them up with school during the summer months. It’s a prime time to be a tutor because of the need but also because you are out of school and have less responsibility. Depending on the subject, your skill level and the need in your area, you might be able to charge from $30-$50 per hour.
5. Farm Laborer
This will really suit those in rural areas. Yes, the summer is the time when the crops are already planted and growing, but there are still plenty of things to do around the farm. And depending on when you head back to school, you may be able to get in on the harvesting in the fall.
6. Theme park attendant
This is another perfect example of an industry that adds workers during the summer. May – September are the busiest months for theme parks as families go on summer vacations and take day trips. You can find jobs here working in food services, attending to the rides, in admissions, retail shops, cleaning and maintenance or as a parking attendant.
7. Construction worker
Even construction in some parts of the country has a seasonal cycle. Securing contracts slows down during the winter months when the weather turns sour. When spring hits people begin to think again about building that dream home, adding that spare bedroom or tacking that remodeling project they’ve been putting off. They’ll negotiate and hire contractors who will have work ready for you at the beginning of the summer months.
From August to May parents have the school to monitor their kids for 8+ hours a day. June, July and August become a real problem though, especially for dual-career families. If you are responsible, love being around kids and having a nurturing and caring heart, this could be the perfect fit.
And it can be quite lucrative. Of course, the pay varies by state and location. But according to Nannies4hire.com, you could be looking anywhere from $250 – $850 per week.
9. An Internship
The chance to work in a field of interest for three months could be a life changing experience. Not only could it help you decide if that career is right for you, it could help you network and build connections with the decision makers in the company. That could prove vital when it comes time to look for a job post-college.
Of all the summer jobs for teens and college students on this list however, paid internships are the toughest ones to find. More than likely you’ll be sacrificing money for life experience if you go this route.
10. Any other “heat sensitive” job
I’ll end with a generic, catch-all category to keep you thinking. What other things increase in traffic as the heat goes up? What about your local ice cream shop or the pool cleaning industry? Do people wash their cars more when it’s hot or cold? What about golf courses, national parks or even movie theaters (as a place where people beat the heat)?
The point is there are so many opportunities for summer jobs for teens and college students. Employers understand the seasonality of their business and know you’ll only be available for three months. It doesn’t matter to them. They need your help because their busy.
The best part is if you work hard and demonstrate some responsibility, you may secure yourself a job for the next summer with the same employer. That will put your mind at ease knowing you’ll have work and it will put your employers mind at ease knowing he or she will have help.
Questions: What other summer jobs for teens and college students can you think of? What was the best summer job you ever had?