Getting that first job is a huge milestone for any teen. Here's a big list of industries and businesses that hire teens as young as 14, and also some ideas for businesses entrepreneurial teens can start on their own.
If you’re a teen looking for a job (or a parent helping your teen find a job), you’re in luck! Most people know that 16-year-olds can work in a variety of stores and restaurants. However, some companies will hire teens as young as 15, and sometimes even as young as 14. We’ll share where you should look if you’re a teen looking for ways to earn your own cash.
Here are some of the more well-known jobs that employers hire 14 and 15-year-olds for.
Jobs for 15-year-olds
There are a few companies willing to hire teens as young as 14 or 15. We’ll focus on a few industries that hire 15-year-olds first.
Fast food and casual restaurants often hire teens as young as 15. For instance, Boston Market is a casual restaurant chain with over 450 locations in the United States. Some of the job positions they might hire 15-year-olds for include busboy/busgirl jobs and cleaning crew.
Grocery Store Worker
Some grocery stores will hire 15-year-olds to work as a cashier or stock person. Hy-Vee is a national grocery store chain with nearly 250 locations in states such as Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Note that not all Hy-Vee stores hire 15-year-olds. Check with your local Hy-Vee location and talk with the manager there.
Movie Theater Worker
As a movie theater worker, you might sell tickets, take tickets, work in concessions or do theater cleanup. The AMC movie theater company has locations throughout the U.S and often hire teens as young as 15. As with Hy-Vee, locations are independently managed and many locations will hire 15-year-olds, however not all locations do.
Amusement Park Worker
Six Flags amusement parks and other amusement parks commonly hire teens as young as 15. There are a variety of job positions available such as park cleaner, store cashier, food service jobs and ride operators.
Check with your local Six Flags or other amusement parks to see what types of job positions are available for 15-year-olds.
The American Red Cross lets teens as young as 15 get certified for service as a lifeguard. If you’re interested in this type of job, talk with hiring managers at local pools and beaches.
If they’re willing to hire a certified lifeguard at 15, get your certification through your local Red Cross or online.
Jobs for 14-year-olds
Some industries, although not many, hire 14-year-olds. There are a variety of restaurants and stores that hire 14-year-olds. Some of the jobs you might do in a restaurant at 14 include cleaning, cashiering, and food preparation.
The following restaurants often hire teens as young as 14. Note that the hiring age can vary by location.
- Baskin Robbins
- Ben and Jerry’s
- Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
- Dairy Queen
- Rita’s Italian Ice
Grocery stores also hire teens as young as 14 at times. Again, each location may vary on the hiring age based on management preference and state laws. But the following grocery stores have been known to hire 14-year-olds.
If you want even more ideas for jobs for teens check out this list.
Not interested in working for a company? Try this next idea on for size.
Businesses you can start as a teenager
What if you want a job as a teenager but you want something different? How about starting your own business?
One of the keys to operating a successful business is to “underpromise and overdeliver.” In other words, do a better job than what you agreed to do and make the customer extra happy they hired you.
Here are some business ideas that anyone age 14 or up can start.
Are you smart in school subjects such as English, reading, math or science? How about working as a tutor for other students your age or younger?
Advertise your skills to parents of other children in your area, or on social media outlets. Set a rate of pay; most tutors charge by the half-hour or by the hour.