When children become teenagers, there is a transition from having what they want given to them to going out and working for what they want.
Jobs for 16 year olds are plentiful, especially depending on the labor laws in the teen’s state of residence.
Even if labor laws in a specific state do not allow 16 year olds to have a job in the workplace, there are entrepreneurial opportunities that can be pursued to still make money.
In this article, you will learn:
- The types of jobs available for 16 year olds.
- Companies that hire 16 year olds.
- Entrepreneurial opportunities if there are no jobs for 16 year olds in your area.
- What you need to know before applying for a job as a 16 year old.
First type in “jobs hiring near me for 16 year olds” in Google to get a preliminary idea of jobs suitable for your age group. The more you continue to search, the more job opportunities in which you can capitalize.
Getting started in the workforce at a young age will build responsibility, accountability, and valuable job skills. Here is a list of jobs hiring 16 year olds.
Ice Cream Scooper
Ice cream parlors are a great place to start looking for jobs that hire at 16.
Not only will you beat the summer heat by working in an air conditioned environment full of delicious frozen confections, you can also help to put smiles on everyone’s faces as kids and adults alike indulge in a cold summer treat.
More than likely, you will receive a discount where you work as well.
As an Ice Cream Scooper, you will be one of the people responsible for scooping ice cream in the style and flavors that customers want.
The American Red Cross certifies lifeguards who are ages 15 and older so having a summer job as a lifeguard is an option for teens interested in the position.
According to the Department of Labor, youth ages 16 and 17 can perform non hazardous duties if they are employed as lifeguards.
For example, you can redirect the behavior of people swimming in a lake or at a water park to enforce safety regulations.
Check out more information about the Department of Labor’s regulations for lifeguards by age here.
Teenagers can be trained to operate rides at amusement parks. Once a certified specialist has trained the teenager to operate the ride, the teen employee can operate the rides independently.
This is also an easy position for a teenager starting off in building their job skills.
Retail positions are great part time jobs for 16 year olds. Working retail builds customer service skills, social skills, and time management skills
More than likely, you will be cross trained in different departments as a young retail professional depending on the company that hires you.
As a Cashier, you will be the last person the customer interacts with during his or her grocery trip.
Bottom Line: you will ring up the customer’s items, handle their form of payment whether cash, card, or check, and hand over their receipt before helping the next person.
Restaurant Crew Member
There are many fast food restaurants that hire at 16. You can be a Cashier, Expeditor, and/or Cook as a Restaurant Crew Member.
The Cashier takes the customer orders and handles processing payments. The Cook gets the food ready for the customer.
The Expeditor collects all the completed food to put on a tray for dine-in customers or in to-go bags for drive-thru or takeout customers.
You may also be cross trained in different positions throughout the restaurant to satisfy customer need and demand.
Higher paying jobs for teens involve positions where you will receive tips and/or a good load of work to keep you busy and income constantly coming.
While base pay may be low for some of these jobs, you can receive incentives for great performance based on the client’s discretion. Three high paying teen jobs are discussed below.
If you live in a state where teens are able to get their license at 15 or 16 years old, you can become a delivery driver for a local pizzeria or other small restaurant.
Small restaurant businesses are always looking for reliable delivery drivers ready to serve up awesome customer service.
This is also a great starter job for a teenager looking to start building job skills. You’ll be paid a base wage as a delivery driver and then get tips along the way from your clients.
Timing, organization, and politeness are needed to be a great delivery driver. Don’t forget that a great sense of direction will be achieved as you learn more areas of your neighborhood when delivering food.
Eventually, when you turn 18, you can use your delivery driver experience from your teen years and make your own schedule by becoming a delivery driver for Door Dash and/or Grub Hub.
Just like being a delivery driver, you will sometimes receive tips from caddying. Caddying involves carrying around the golf clubs, tees, and golf balls for golfers at a country club.
Country club members have a considerable amount of discretionary income to be able to spend so you will be tipped handsomely if you are a teenager working as a caddy person.
While working as a caddy person, you can enjoy free rides on the golf cart from time to time, watch golfers enjoy their game, and build your social skills when conversation sparks between you and the golfers.
This job does not require too much manual labor except having the caddy holding the golf supplies sitting on your back.
Bottom Line: just don’t forget to be on your toes and ready to hand the golfer what he or she needs at the ready.
Parents need affordable child care to be able to go to work or even have the occasional date night for some alone time away from the kids.
Daycares can get pricey and some of them only stay open until 6pm. Becoming a babysitter will help to fill in the gap that childcare centers cannot fulfill.
Plus, you can do it for your clients at a more affordable rate than what a childcare center charges.
As you gain experience in babysitting, you can increase your hourly rate and eventually make great money doing what you love: caring for children.
This is another one of those high paying jobs for 16 year olds because it is all about your connections.
If there are many young babies or children in your neighborhood that need babysitting, your business has the potential to grow monumentally.
Learning to have an entrepreneurial mind set is a great way for teenagers to learn how to be self-sufficient and resourceful.
Bottom Line: say for example that a teenager working a part-time job is off by only about $50 to $100 one week that will allow him or her to pay their phone bill.
By learning different entrepreneurial ventures and skills, the 16 year old can do a money-making activity to make up for that deficit.
Here is a list of 3 entrepreneurial opportunities you can start now.
Sell at Yard Sales and Flea Markets
There are two ways you can acquire items to sell at yard sales or flea markets.
You can ask family and friends to donate items they do not want anymore for you to add to your inventory or you can learn how to coupon to get your inventory for a cheap out of pocket cost.
Learning how to coupon can be done with practice and resources. When you coupon, you can get items for very cheap and resell them for a profit. Do the following to get started.
- Collect paper coupons from inserts such as RetailMeNot and Smartsource.
- Find deal matchups on the Krazy Coupon Lady to get started finding products for cheap.
- Sign up for digital store coupons at your favorite stores using your smartphone to take advantage of more great deals.
- To really lessen your out of pocket expenses when purchasing products to resell, learn how to do Dollar General penny shopping to get items for a penny each so that you can sell them for profit!
Walk Dogs in Your Neighborhood
After-school evenings and during the summer months, walking dogs would be a great entrepreneurial venture for 16 year olds.
Not only will you be able to get some exercise, but you will also be helping some furry, four legged friends get their exercise, too.
Post flyers in higher echelon neighborhoods where people have the extra money to spend on dog walking services.
You can even start a Facebook business page for free and show your potential clients which areas of your city you will be servicing.
Network with family and friends to also help you find potential clients and build a strong client base for continuous income flow.
Once you turn 18, you can use this experience and apply to Wag or Rover to walk dogs by your own schedule!
Mow Lawns or Shovel Snow
Mowing lawns is best done in spring and summer and shoveling snow can be done in the winter.
You can start a local yard maintenance business where you service people in your neighborhood year round as they need your services.
All you need is a lawn mower or two depending if you want to get your friends involved in the business.
Routine maintenance may be needed on the lawn mowers every few months or so depending on how many yard maintenance jobs you get per week.
To start shoveling snow next winter, be proactive and grab snow shovels that go on clearance in stores at the end of this winter so you are spending less in business expenses.
What Places Hire 16 Year Olds?
Now that you have an idea of the type of jobs you can work as a 16 year old, here is a small list of companies that offer jobs that hire at 16.
Ice cream parlors that make great summer jobs for 16 year olds include:
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Cold Stone Creamery
Fast food restaurants that hire at 16 include:
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
- Krispy Kreme
Retail jobs for 16 year olds include:
- Bottom Dollar Foods
To get an idea of more companies that hire at 16, check out this list here.
It is possible to find jobs for 16 year olds. Stay dedicated to the job search and you will start your first job in no time!
What You Need to Know Applying to a Job as a Minor
Children under 18 in the workplace have certain restrictions to keep checks and balances on the child labor laws. Keep in mind the following when you are a minor looking for a job.
- On school nights, you may work only 3 hours per day. This is so you can focus on your primary priority: your education!
- On weekends, school breaks, and summer vacation, you can work up to 8 hours a day. You cannot go over 40 hours per week on non-school weeks.
- Working hours for 16 year olds must be between 7am and 7pm except from June 1st to Labor Day.
- Manufacturing and mining jobs are prohibited for minors.