5 summer jobs for teens to try

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As we approach our third week of summer, you may find yourself itching to get out of bed and do something with your free time. One possible option to pass your time is to find a job. Here are some places for teens to work over the summer:

Fast food restaurants

Most fast food restaurants such as Checkers require employees to be at least 16 years old (sorry incoming freshman and sophomores), but other fast food places such as McDonalds will hire teens as a Crew Member as young as 14 years old. While you may be making minimum wage working in the fast food industry, you will gain experience and life skills, such as hard work and saving financially, to last a lifetime. Check your local fast food location to find out exactly what age is required to work.


Florida’s most popular grocery store is another  way to earn work experience, communication skills and of course – money. Publix will hire teens as young as 14 to work as a bagger at the cash registers or cart retrievers in the parking lot. Click here for a Publix job application.

Summer camp

What’s better than getting paid to have fun? Working at a summer camp is a fun and interactive way to spend your summer while also pocketing some bills. It’s a bit late for this summer, but Heritage offers either service hours or money for working at their various camps. Check out this website for more information on these camps. 

Movie theaters

Theaters such as AMC will employ teens as young as 14 to work as a movie busser, a ticket checker or a concession stand clerk. Employees receive the added bonus of watching movies themselves or sneaking popcorn into their mouths, so this job is a win-win. 


With parents working and kids out of school, it’s tough for parents to juggle their family  and work life; therefore, many parents hire a babysitter to watch their kids. Babysitting paychecks are often part of the informal economy, so that relieves the taxes a regular job would have. 

No matter what summer career you choose, there are ways to make it fun by befriending your co-workers or even convincing a friend to apply with you. Hopefully this list made your summer job searching more bearable and your summer more productive.

Working in a movie theater is an easy job for teens during the summer. Scooping popcorn is a simple task that also allows the employee to enjoy the buttery aroma of kernels. (Photo/Meg Boulden on Unsplash)

Zoe Horwitz, a sophomore at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her second year as the new Sports Editor. Besides reading and writing, Zoe spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, Zoe co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.