The 10 Best Jobs for Teens

When you’re a teenager, getting your first job can be exciting and rewarding. You finally get a chance to make your own money and you can even pick up a valuable skill. Most importantly, part-time jobs teach how to budget, save and manage money. Here’s a list of 10 of the best jobs for teenagers:

1. Babysitting
Babysitting is a big responsibility suited for mature teenagers. One way to prove yourself as a qualified babysitter is to take classes that help to train you for childcare. The Red Cross offers babysitter’s training courses that focus on infant and older child care, problem solving skills, emergency care for injuries, illnesses and accidents and overall safety. These classes are designed for teens age 11 to 15 and vary in cost and availability, so check your local Red Cross for details.

2. Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
For teenagers who love animals, dog sitting or walking can be great options. You will likely find yourself working in early morning and evening hours, which can also make this job a great option for those attending summer school.

3. Retail
Retail jobs like those at The Gap (Stock Quote: GPS) or J.Crew (Stock Quote: JCG) are highly coveted by many teens. However, these positions can be hard to come by in some cities where many adults are competing for the same positions. Check web sites like for openings in your area. Keep in mind that many retail stores require previous work experience. Depending on the store and state law, the minimum age for employees may be 16 or 18.

4. Food Service
Food service jobs at restaurants are nice options for teenagers because you can make quick money. (Hello, instant gratification!) Be sure to keep track of tips for tax purposes, though!

5. Camp Counselor
Many camp counselor positions are available through schools, churches and sporting organizations. These positions are ideal for teens looking to work only during summer vacation. And if you like kids, it's one of the most fun jobs out there.