The 5 Best Jobs for a 16 Year Old

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Congratulations! Maybe you have just gotten your driver’s permit – and you are more than ready to face the world and earn some money. But since you are just 16 years old, you lack of work experience. Unfortunately, this can put you at odds when it comes to finding a good job opportunity.

Although this is the case, you need not lose hope! You can still earn a great deal of money for a new car – or your college fund – despite your tender age. Just make sure to apply for any of these five best jobs for a 16 year old like you:


1. Tutor

As a tutor, it is your role to impart your knowledge and specialization in Biochemistry or Spanish (or any other subject) to those in need. Known as one of the best jobs for 16 year olds, tutoring jobs almost always come with a hefty pay.

Start small by tutoring your neighbors or your friends’ younger siblings. If there are not a lot of kids to teach in your area, you can always use a referral service or file an application in a University Student Center. If you love teaching kids, a good alternative is to apply as a teaching assistant. In fact, you can use this to your advantage should you decide to pursue a career in education.

2. Waiter/Waitress

A career in waiting is a good way to learn the basics of customer service while earning a fixed hourly salary (and tips too). While the chaos of taking orders and serving can be tiring especially during Friday nights and weekends, the effort is all worth it because you can certainly end up with a wad of bills in your pocket. If you are not up for the fast serving life, you can still make money out of waiting by working in a quaint cafe or breakfast shack.

3. Caregiver

Contrary to popular beliefs, caregiving is not necessarily about the dirty work – such as bathing aged individuals or cleaning their bathrooms. For a 16 year old like you, non-medical caregiving is simply about helping the clients with some household chores, and keeping them company when their children and grandchildren are at work.

Because of the dire importance of caregiving, it is important that you don’t miss a shift – or else your client will be left alone and helpless in his home. You need to be willing to work holidays and odd hours as well. While this can take a huge chunk off your social life and studying life, the pay for such shifts are usually double in amount.

Apart from the hourly salary, one of the best things about caregiving is being able to put a smile in your client’s face. Who knows? He might be kind enough to give you an inheritance when he passes away.

4. Lifeguard

Are you an excellent swimmer? As a lifeguard, you can exercise your love for the water while saving lives. Most resorts and beaches hire 16 year olds who can swim as lifeguards. If you want to improve your chances of landing such a job, it is a good idea to take a CPR course at the nearby community college.

5. Delivery Boy/Girl

Working as a delivery boy or girl is the then the best way to improve your skills and familiarize yourself with the roads and backstreets, especially if you just got your license. Most of the time, you get to use the company delivery car – but you get the chance to use your own car as well. While this can be a fun way to exercise your driving independence, you need to be careful when it comes to delivering – as tactless maneuvering can lead to accidents and injuries.

Even at 16 years old, you can cop a job that will give you a rewarding pay. Just make sure to look for the aforementioned vacancies – so you can make the most out of your youthful vigor.