23 Amazing Real Jobs that Hire 14- and 15-Year Old Teens
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Looking for a new job is not easy, most especially if you’re young and inexperienced. What if you’re a teenager and you’ve never been employed?! Let me share with you some amazing years. If you are trying to get a job at 14 or 15 years old, there are many types of businesses that are willing to hire.
Do you want to work at a grocery store, restaurant or amusement park? That’s completely possible! There are even reputable companies online who are willing to hire remote workers. Believe it or not, even a 14- or 15-year old like you can have a casual job and make money. That’s actually amazing, since at that age, you can establish good work ethics, and obtain valuable work experience at such a young age. However, before you start sending out your resume, there are some things you need to know.
Important Things You Need to Know Before Working at the Tender Age of 14 or 15
There are quite a lot of things you need to know first before starting to work in the U.S. if you’re under 16. As per the Fair Labor Standards Act law in the United States, 14 is the minimum age for employment. There are also limits on the times of days and number of hours 14 and 15 years olds can work.
You can only work 3 hours each day on school days — a total of 18 hours in a school week. However, you can work 8 hours each day on non-school days, as well as a maximum of 40 hours every week on non-school weeks. Before you apply for some jobs make sure you understand these clearly. Read more about it here – FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act). 🙂
Keep in mind that this rule doesn’t apply in specific situations where there’s no minimum age like the following:
- Acting in movies and commercials, or other theatrical jobs
- Newspaper deliveries
- Non-hazardous and non-manufacturing family businesses
Happy Job Hunting. Here are some awesome jobs you can apply for even just with your phone!
For the Young Film Enthusiasts and Entertainers!
1. Six Flags
Have you ever thought of working at an amusement park like Six Flags? This can be an exciting summer fun for teens. Depending on your qualifications, you can work as a food service employee, game attendant, merchandiser or lifeguard.
2 – AMC Theaters
I love watching movies, so if I’m young and looking for an amazing job, I’d surely consider working at a movie theater like this one. At the local AMC, you can apply as an usher, concessionist and cashier.
3 – Other Local Entertainment Venues
There are other entertainment businesses aside from amusement parks and movie theaters. Don’t forget to check out bowling centers, laser tag centers, arcades, indoor water parks, trampoline parks and golf courses. Most of these businesses are independently owned, not chains. Coordinate with them if they are open in hiring 14 and 15 years old teens.
Want to Stay Home? No Problem: Online Jobs That Hire 14- and 15- Year Olds
4. Survey Sites
Yes, you read that right. By just taking online surveys, you can make money. Most of these sites even allow 13-year-olds to answer surveys. Let me help you save a bit of research time. Check out these sites now: Maru Springboard America, YouGov, SurveySavvy, E-Poll, Harris Poll Online, MySoapBox, Valued Opinions and Toluna.
Fiverr is a reputable marketplace for selling and buying online services. Do you have any marketable skill? For example, graphic design or video editing? This platform is amazing, since even as a young teen, you can offer your services and at the same time practice and practice so you can get better in your craft. You can even get paid by singing a song, drawing caricatures or doing other exciting things.
6. Rewards Sites
Several reward platforms allow teenagers to make money by accomplishing many things such as watching videos, searching the web and answering surveys. Some even give out cash rewards, while others provide points redeemable in PayPal. Moreover, you can get gift cards from major retailers. Want to earn extra cash? Explore Swagbucks now!
For Future Restaurateurs and Chefs
7. Rita’s Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice is a popular chain selling Italian ice, frozen custard, and other yummy specialty creations. Is there a Rita’s Italian Ice branch near your home? This restaurant has more than 600 locations all throughout the United States. Just make sure to double check first your qualifications. Depending on the location, the minimum age requirement for employment is 14.
Just like McDonald’s, Baskin Robbins is a popular chain that has branches in almost all states in the United States. This cake and ice cream restaurant hires employees as young as 14 in many of their stores. They may hire you to keep work stations clean, prepare ice cream, serve customers or operate cash registers.
9. Bruster’s Ice Cream
Bruster’s Ice Cream is one of the top names when it comes to frozen yogurt, sherbet and ice cream. This company is known for hiring workers as young as 14 as ice cream scoopers. I heard the atmosphere’s friendly and laid-back. Not to mention you can get generous tips!
10. Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen is also one of the most awesome places you should check out. They have jobs for 14- and 15-year old aspiring cooks, cleaners and cashiers. When I was young, I also wanted to work for an ice cream shop like this one. The job can be tiring, but fulfilling!
11. Ben & Jerry’s
Can’t get enough of ice cream? You may want to get a job at Ben & Jerry’s as well. Working here can be awesome yet very challenging. Remember, for many people, eating ice cream is the best way to commiserate or celebrate, so expect long lines every time!
McDonald’s is one of the best-known fast food chains when it comes to hiring 14- and 15-year olds. If you’re lucky, you can be hired as a crew member assigned to do multiple tasks, from preparing food and taking orders from serving customers.
13. Burger King
Love burgers? Then, you’ll surely enjoy being a crew member at Burger King. One of the best things about working at restaurant chains like this one is that you’ll be asked to perform various tasks, boosting your versatility in the workplace. Depending on the position, you may be asked to cook food, take orders or clean tables.
14. California Pizza Kitchen
California Pizza Kitchen specializes in California-style pizzas. In some states, they are known for hiring 15 years olds to work as hosts. Hosts are responsible for managing reservations, responding to customer inquiries and greeting customers with a friendly smile.
Want to work at KFC as a customer service attendant or cook? There’s no need to wait until you’re older to apply for a job in this chain. Since this restaurant is quite popular, lines may get long but who cares? It’s all worth it.
Arby’s is well known for slow-roasted turkey, beef and premium Angus beef sandwiches. The son of a good friend once worked for this company, and he had an awesome, fruitful learning experience. Training really begins at the local store level.
If you’re looking for a part-time job, Chick-fil-A is one of the restaurants to turn to… most especially if you love chicken sandwiches. Even if you’re under 16, you can apply and get accepted for a dishwasher or kitchen staff position.
For Those Who Love Grocery Shopping
Some Hy-Vee branches hire employees for as young as 14 and 15 years old. Positions vary, though. This grocery store has over 240 branches in the Midwestern United States. If you’re looking for a fun and financially rewarding experience, go for it. 🙂
19. Giant Eagle
There is more to working in a grocery store than just being on your feet majority of the shift. The experience will allow you to enhance your resilience and be more respectful to people. And yes, it can all start at a young age of 14 or 15. Special thanks to grocery stores like Giant Eagle.
20. Giant Food
Giant Food is indeed a giant company, having more than 150 stores throughout Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland. I once visited a branch a while back and I was so happy to see young employees working hard.
A career in the grocery industry can be lucrative and rewarding. I just love the fact that a big fraction of the younger generation is realizing this now. As a detail-oriented teen, there is surely room for you. For instance, a simple job at a Safeway supermarket chain can help you grow into a more determined, goal-oriented person.
Publix has more than 1,100 grocery stores in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. They hire young teens to work on a wide range of roles, from floral clerks and service desk clerks to cashiers and baggers. There are also various shifts!
They say that today’s youth have weaker social skills compared to the past generations because they basically grew up on social media, instead of having actual conversations. Do you want to improve your people skills?! Having a strong social skill set and knowing how to engage with many kinds of people are the keys to success! You can get that for sure by working in a supermarket, even just part time. Check your local Kroger store if they have available positions for 14- or 15-year olds.
Is it really important for teens to have job experience? I’d say, yes!
I know it’s pretty common for teens, not just 14- and 15-year olds, to sleep until noon and lounge around for hours. But, as parents, I believe in encouraging children to be productive, even during their break from school. I’ve seen its wonderful benefits first hand.
By beginning part-time employment early on in their lives, they can establish money and time management, and other crucial skills. It’s like preparation–a journey–to the real world. All of the skills they’ll learn in that job will set them up for success in the post-school landscape.
To my fellow parents, the earlier we teach our children to know how to be responsible at the workplace, the better!