Jobs for 16 Year Olds

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Jobs for 16 Year Olds

Starter Jobs For Kids

Everyone likes to have a little extra cash in their wallet, no matter how old they are. Having some personal money to throw around is quite a luxury item. In order to escape the confines of their parents’ home, teenagers have to spend a little dough, whether it be at the movie theater, mall, or local pizza place, some money has to be put down. Some parents provide a little financial help, while others let their kids know it is time for them to start learning how to take care of themselves. Around the age of sixteen more and more kids begin looking for their first job.

The Rules

At sixteen you are eligible to be hired at almost any place where an older adult can be hired. The only restrictions are that sixteen year olds cannot be hired for what is considered a hazardous occupation. While this might seem obvious in the sense that a person would not expect to see a sixteen year old working in a manufacturing plant, there are other occupations that are deemed too hazardous that some sixteen year olds might be interested in. Teenagers who have just gotten their license might be entertaining the though of delivering pizza or Chinese food in order to earn some extra cash. Unfortunately operating a motor vehicle for a job is considered to be a hazardous occupation and therefore excludes sixteen year olds.

Where to Find Work

There are plenty of jobs for 16 year old’s. At any age you can start modeling or fill a role as a movie extra. A lot of teenagers can find work as cashiers at cafes and more low-key restaurants. You might also find work as a bus boy or maybe host or hostess. Some retail stores hire sixteen year olds to work the floor, stock items, and help customers. Finding work at a movie theater is also another good option and perfect for teenagers who also get discount privileges there.

There are other jobs for 16 year olds at places like coffee shops and juice bars. At places like these teenagers can learn how to make drinks and pick up the basics of customer service that can help them as they get older if they wish to continue in the food industry. Learning about customer service is something that can be applied to all kinds of jobs and will benefit teenagers as they mature and look for other employment options. Customer service also gives teenagers a sense of appreciation and respect for the people who serve on them when they are out, providing a little perspective and humility.

Starting Something New

As a 16 year old another great option is to start your own business. The options in starting something new are literally endless. Everything from creating and selling duct-tape wallets on or to becoming an extreme videographer to being the local computer expert in your neighborhood. If your thinking about that extreme videographer, check out the business Devin Graham (devinsupertramp) has created by making videos and posting them on In starting your own business or sharing your passion with the hopes that some day it will be your business you gain experience beyond most other people your age.

Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Wrap Gifts
  • Modeling
  • Repair Computers
  • Create Crafts & Gifts
  • Nanny or Babysitting
  • Petsitting
  • Social Media Consulting
  • Baking
  • Car Washing
  • Snow Shoveling
  • Yard Work & Mowing
  • Pooper Scooper
  • Singing
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Freelancing
  • Create an Online Store

Looking Ahead

Learning skills that are applicable later in life and just make them better people over all are some of the non-monetary benefits of sixteen year olds having jobs. Taking personal responsibility and being rewarded for their efforts are fundamentals of the business world and understanding these concepts early on will be helpful throughout life. While there are not a whole lot of jobs for 16 year olds out there, the few that exist can provide some good, enriching lessons for those lucky enough to find them.

Does TeenJobSection have any jobs for me

Absolutely. Be sure to click the links above in the “Where to look for work” section, or you can start with some ideas below.

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