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Having a job during the summer break is a great opportunity for you to make extra spending money, save up to buy a car, build a resume and get some valuable experience in networking and independence. With summer just around the corner, you and your peers are entering into the job market. We want you to walk away from those jobs with great life and work experiences that will benefit you for the future. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, over 400 young workers under the age of 24 died from work-related injuries in 2015. We don’t want you to become part of a statistic. You need to know how to protect yourself and others in the workplace.

Remember if you are under the age of 18, there are limits to the number of hours you are allowed to work, the job responsibilities you can do and the types of equipment you may use. If you are worried your place of employment is not reaching OSHA standards and is putting you in a dangerous environment, you have the right to file a confidential complaint.

Below is our list of practical jobs that may be available in your area along with some safety reminders and resources to help you StartSafe. StaySafe.


1) Career Oriented - Internship/Apprenticeship

Paid internships and apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn money while also gaining valuable experience in a career avenue you’re interested in. This is great opportunity to us the skills you’ve learned in school, network with professionals and get a recommendation for future jobs.

  • Ask questions. Listen to the experts. They have been where you are and can help you learn and decide what kind of future jobs you might be interested in.
  • Wear your PPE, be on time and do the work expected and above – interns who work hard and show innovation can be considered for more permanent positions.

2) Lifeguard

If you’re a strong swimmer and looking for a job where you get to work outside – this may be for you. You’ll get lifesaving skills that you can carry with you forever, as well as certifications in CPR and First Aid.

  • Remember, heat can be deadly. You are allocated a certain amount of breaks off of the lifeguard stand. Take your breaks even if you don’t feel hot or tired.
  • Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and wear your sunglasses — did you know the sun reflecting off the water can be harmful to your eyes?

3) Movie Theater Crew Member

Summer tends to be the blockbuster season for the film industry so theaters are going to be looking for more help. From selling tickets to serving popcorn, you’ll learn some valuable skills in customer service and time management. Plus, free or discounted movie tickets are a great perk!

  • Large crowds can be dangerous; make sure you know crowd management guidelines for big opening movie nights.
  • Don’t forget to use the correct PPE. You may help maintain clean facilities such as the lobbies, concessions, theaters or bathrooms.

4) Tutor

Have a knack or strength in a particular subject? You can work with students who are using summer break to continue their education. Tutoring will give you great experience for later job applications and you can set your own hours!

  • Conduct lessons in public areas such as coffee shops or libraries if you are not comfortable going to someone's home.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

5) Babysitter/Nanny

If you've spent time taking care of younger siblings, cousins or other family member, babysitting could be the perfect summer job for you. Babysitting is especially sought after in the summer for working parents who need someone to watch their children who are home on summer break. Hours can be flexible and you can earn great tips!

  • Get a list of emergency contacts from your employer in case something happens.
  • Keep medications and cleaning products up and out of reach of small children.

6) Retail Associate

In several states, young adults can begin working retail as young as 16 years old. You'll learn about customer service, teamwork and more. Store employees are often eligible for discounts, so you'll save money on items you purchase as well.

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Retail jobs often require you to be on your feet for long hours, whether you are walking the floor or standing at a cash register.
  • Find yourself working a closing shift? Make sure the door is locked before finishing closing procedures. This protects you and your coworkers as you close cash registers and clean up. If you notice something suspicious or run into a problem, report it to your supervisor immediately.

7) Restaurant Server

Working as a waiter or waitress is often available to young workers as young as 16. This fast-paced position offers an opportunity to learn about the food industry from the inside-out, work on customer service skill and learn to handle workplace stress.

  • Wear closed-toe, non-slip shoes! We understand they're not the most attractive, but you want to protect yourself from slips and potentially hot food and liquids.
  • Between handling food, money and other items, you must wash your hands thoroughly and often.

8) Grocery Store Associate

When it comes to grocery stores, there's no lack of job opportunities for young adults. You can bag groceries, stock shelves and produce or work the register.

  • If you're stocking shelves and moving boxes, make sure you are using correct lifting techniques.
  • Wear proper PPE when you are using a potential forklift or other machines with moving or sharp parts. 


Young Worker Resources

Here are some additional resources for you as you begin your job search. These resources will provide useful information on safety, health and laws to help you be prepared to make the most of your summer employment.

CareerSafe StartSafe. StaySafe. Workplace Training: Learn basic safety awareness training that will provide you with a useful foundation of workplace safety practices.

OSHA | Young Workers: Learn about your rights as a young worker and other valuable information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Department of Labor YouthRules!: YouthRules! is a workplace initiative that promotes positive and safe work experiences for youth.

YouthRules! | Know the Rules: As a young worker, know what your employer can and cannot require of you based on your age.