The Best Age for Kids to Get a Part-time Job and What Those Jobs Are

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   With the school year over for the summer, many kids are looking for a part-time job to keep themselves busy and to make some spending money so we asked some parents what age and what type of job for that age group would be best.  The same was asked of parents in 2012 and the responses were very similar.

   Although the majority of parents feel that having a part-time job would be a great learning experience for kids, a few felt that the summer should be spent playing and that there would be enough time for work and responsibility when they are older.   Most however commented on how it helps to build responsibility, self-esteem and teaches them the value of money.

   When asked at what age can a kid get a part-time job the responses by popularity were:
1).  Age 14                 
2).  Age 15                 
3).  Age 16                 
4).  Age 12                 
5).  Age 13                 
6).  Age 11                 
7).  Age 10                 
8).  Age 9                    
9).  Age 8 & under  

   When asked what part-time job would be best for kids overall, the responses by popularity were:
1).  Yard work, including Grass cutting, leaf raking, snow shovelling.
2).  Babysitting, including Non-family babysitting.
3).  Newspaper Delivery    Daily, weekly and flyer delivery.
4).  Food Service work at                    fast food companies, serving, cooking or cleaning.
5). Household Chores, including Dishes, cleaning and odd jobs around their home.
6).  Other Odd jobs for friends and neighbors.
7).  Retail work in non-food stores, sales, stocking shelves.
8).  Physical Labor — not construction, but with a fair amount of lifting/moving/carrying.
9).  Recreation Supervising,  including refereeing, coaching.
10).  Dog Walking, Taking dogs for a walk regularly.
11).  Pet Sitting, including Feeding and cleaning pets in peoples’ homes.
12).   Grocery Store work; Stocking shelves and bagging groceries.
13).  Tutoring and working with younger kids.
14).   Lemonade Stand - a traditional front lawn enterprise.

   We also asked parents what they felt would be a good first job for kids by age group:

Age 8 or younger
1).  Chores around the house.
2).  Lemonade stand
3).  Pet sitting

Age 9
1).  Chores around the house.
2).  Lemonade stand
3).  Yard work
4).  Pet sitting
5).  Other

Age 10
1).  Chores around the house
2).  Newspaper/flyer delivery.
3).  Lemonade stand
4).  Dog walking
5).  Other
6).  Yard work
7).  Pet sitting
8).  Plant sitting

Age 11
1).  Yard work
2).  Newspaper/flyer delivery
3).  Chores around the house
4).  Other
5).  Dog walking

Age 12
1).  Newspaper/flyer delivery
2).  Yard work
3).  Other
4).  Chores around the house
5).  Recreation
6).  Dog walking

Age 13
1).  Newspaper/flyer delivery
2).  Yard work
3).  Babysitting
4).  Other
5).  Labor
6).  Dog walking
7).  Pet sitting

Age 14
1).  Yard work
2).  Food service
3).  Babysitting
4).  Newspaper/flyer delivery
5).  Labor
6).  Dog walking
7).  Chores around the house
8).  Grocery store
9).  Recreation
10).  Other

Age 15
1).  Food service
2).  Babysitting
3).  Yard work
4).  Newspaper/flyer delivery
5).  Labor
6).  Other
7).  Recreation

Age 16
1).  Food service
2).  Babysitting
3).  Retail
4).  Yard work
5).  Labor
6).  Recreation
7).  Tutoring

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