Teen Jobs Resource Center

Jobs For 14 Year Olds

When you’re looking for a job as a teenager, options can be a little bit limited until you are 16 or 18. However, there are a lot more jobs for 14 year olds than there are for 13 year olds, and aside from the usual like having a paper route or baby-sitting and doing odd jobs for extra cash, a number of different businesses can actually hire to you work, too.

The first thing to remember when you’re looking for a job at 14 is that you cannot work a lot of hours while school is in session. A summer job is a much better idea than trying to work part time while you should be studying, anyway. During the summer, you are also allowed to work a couple of hours later in the day. Be aware, though, that to work at businesses that aren’t run by your immediate family--like your mom or dad--you might also need to fill out some paperwork giving you permission to have a job.

During the summer months, there are lots of jobs for 14 year olds in places like restaurants, movie theaters, and even shops. You cannot work with heavy equipment or complicated items, legally speaking, so it is important to remember that this leaves out things like manufacturing jobs. Often, you can get a job working as a stock boy or girl in a local grocery store, too. During the summer months, you can work over 20 hours a week, but if you have a part-time job during the school year, you are only permitted to work less than 20 hours a week at the absolute most.

There are ample options out there for non-hazardous jobs that 14 year olds can do. Try asking around through people in your community that you know and like, such as your parent’s friends, sports coaches, or other friends of the family. You might be able to find an office job filing things for your local church or other businesses, and it is often very easy to get a job in your neighborhood if you have been a customer somewhere for a long time. If you need a letter of recommendation, ask people who know you well and are adults to help you out, and remember that previous experience, like baby-sitting, counts when it comes to applying for a job.

It’s also good to think of jobs for 14 year olds like yourself that might be more closely related to an interest that you have. For example, if you aren’t that interested in free movies, working in a movie theater might not be as great of a choice as working in a restaurant, where you get free food instead. Think of the perks of different jobs, and also take into consideration what you might be interested in later. Being around something that you find interesting, like a particular retail job or even in a kitchen of a restaurant, can give you some valuable insight into a career you might like later.

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