Summer Jobs for High Schoolers

Apr 11, 2018

The summer is the busy season for many businesses, causing them to increase staffing during this time, which in turn opens up job opportunities for high school students. This article examines several summer jobs that allow high school students to earn some work experience as well as a paycheck.

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Summer Job Options for High Schoolers

Summer jobs are the perfect opportunity to not only earn money, but to also learn some skills that may look good on your future resume or college application. In addition, summer jobs can help you get your foot in the door, leading to possible full-time employment opportunities upon graduating. Let's take a look at some of the many summer job opportunities available to high school students.

Job Title Median Hourly Pay Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Camp Counselor $11.80* (for recreation workers) 9% (for recreation workers)
Landscaper $13.31* (for landscaping and groundskeeping workers) 11% (for grounds maintenance workers)
Movie Theater Employee $10.23* (for counter attendants); $10.01* (for ushers, lobby attendants and ticket takers) 5% (for counter attendants); 7% (for ushers, lobby attendants and ticket takers)
Retail Sales Worker $11.16* 2%
Swimming Pool Technician $14.37** (for swimming pool & spa servicer/technician) 8% (for other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017; ** as of April 2018

Information on Summer Jobs for High Schoolers

Camp Counselor

If you just like being around children, or if you are contemplating a career in the educational field, you may want to consider a summer position as a camp counselor. There are several types of camp counselors: day camp counselors who, as the title suggests, work at local day camps, and summer camp counselors who work at overnight camps that may be located in a different geographical location from their home. Camp counselors are in charge of and responsible for a group of children (ages typically range anywhere from 5-14), leading them through a variety of daily tasks and activities like swimming, making arts and crafts, and going on nature walks/hikes, to name a few. This position requires mature, responsible applicants with leadership skills.


Many landscaping companies look to hire high school juniors and seniors to fill in the additional staffing required in the summer. The typical daily duties working for a landscaping company include edging and mowing lawns, blowing leaves, planting flowers and mulching flower beds. This job does require physical labor and the use of heavy machinery and other various tools and equipment. In addition, employees work in all types of weather conditions including rain and extreme heat.

Movie Theater Employee

There are a variety of movie theater jobs available to high schoolers aged 16 and older including cashiers who sell tickets, concession stand attendants who take and fill food and drink orders, and ushers who assist patrons and help clean the various areas of the theater. Many of these positions require the use of some type of cash register/computer as well as the handling of money, and many theaters cross-train their employees, having them work in all of the positions. Employee schedules typically vary from week to week with employees being asked to work a variety of shifts including mornings, late nights and weekends.

Retail Sales Worker

Retails sales positions are everywhere including grocery stores, big box stores, stores at the mall, and even coffee shops, and there are a variety of job duties for those 16 years and older within this category. Retail sales employees may be asked to stock shelves, price merchandise, and take inventory, in addition to working the cash register. These positions require constant interaction with customers, so a friendly attitude and good customer service skills are necessary. In addition, employees will need to be flexible as to their availability as they will be required to work a variety of shifts as well as weekends. One possible benefit to working in retail sales is the ability to take advantage of the employee discount.

Swimming Pool Technician

If you don't like the thought of being stuck inside on beautiful summer days, then consider working as a swimming pool technician. Pool technicians use vacuums and various other tools to clean the whole pool, including leaf baskets and filters. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the pool, ensuring that the pool equipment is working properly, as well as testing and fixing the chemical balance of the water. While you will initially train with another employee, the goal is to have you work independently, so a valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required.

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