Kids and Teens

Jobs for 16 Year Olds

Trying to find the per­fect job for a 16-year-old is a real chal­lenge in today’s work­force. With the cur­rent econ­o­my in sham­bles, it is dif­fi­cult for adult work­ers to find sta­ble jobs, much less 16-year-olds. Still, jobs for 16-year-olds do exist if you are will­ing to be flex­i­ble and search for them. Here are some poten­tial jobs for 16-year-olds that you may not have thought of:


Babysit­ting jobs for 16-year-olds are still among the best choic­es. Even with the cur­rent eco­nom­ic prob­lems, adults are still search­ing for qual­i­ty child care and some time away. If you are a respon­si­ble 16-year-old and are will­ing to work nights and week­ends, then babysit­ting is still a very valid job source for you. Under­stand that babysit­ting is not an easy job, nor is it one that should be tak­en light­ly. If you are respon­si­ble, it can be fair­ly lucra­tive for a 16 year old look­ing for a job.

Yard ser­vice

Anoth­er out­stand­ing job for 16-year-olds is the yard ser­vice indus­try. At one time this con­sist­ed pri­mar­i­ly of mow­ing yards. Not any­more. Now you might be rak­ing leaves, blow­ing dri­ve­ways, plant­i­ng flow­ers, tend­ing a gar­den, plant­i­ng grass seed or even sweep­ing the walk­way. All of these ser­vices are avail­able as jobs for 16-year-olds that are will­ing to be enter­pris­ing and work hard.

Movie The­ater Jobs

One of the most pop­u­lar jobs for 16-year-olds is to work at the local movie the­ater. Part of the rea­son for this is because of the perks – free pop­corn, free movies and plen­ty of time see­ing all of your friends. Some 16 year olds that work at the movie the­ater will serve up pop­corn and drinks and some will take tick­ets. Almost always you will be respon­si­ble for clean­ing up the movie the­ater after your shift.

Gro­cery Store Clerk

There are many jobs for 16-year-olds that can be had at the local gro­cery store. Pro­duce, front end, main­te­nance and bag­ging jobs are all ide­al jobs for 16-year-olds. This is one of the few jobs for 16-year-olds where you may get some expe­ri­ence in deal­ing with mon­ey on a reg­u­lar basis. This added respon­si­bil­i­ty means that you must be very very respon­si­ble. You will be work­ing direct­ly with the pub­lic and must be ready to deal with all types of cus­tomer ser­vice prob­lems. The expe­ri­ence that you can get in a gro­cery store is invalu­able for your future jobs.

Dog Walk­ing Ser­vice

Begin­ning your own dog walk­ing ser­vice is yet anoth­er way for you to cre­ate your own job. The ben­e­fits to this are obvi­ous. You set your own hours, the rates that you charge and the num­ber of clients that you take on. The job is not an easy one in spite of its rep­u­ta­tion. Walk­ing dogs is a very seri­ous respon­si­bil­i­ty, and can be quite chal­leng­ing with cer­tain dog breeds. If you can get sev­er­al, this is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty for 16 year olds.

These are just some of the jobs for 16-year-olds that are out there. With a lack of expe­ri­ence, 16-year-olds are at a dis­ad­van­tage from the start. For this rea­son it is vital that you take the time to put togeth­er an excel­lent resume that shows all of your inter­ests and expe­ri­ence both at home and at school. With some dili­gent search­ing there are plen­ty of jobs for 16-year-olds to be had.