Many teenagers and students dream of becoming independent and earning their own money and because flipping burgers isn’t something to quite become fond of, today we will talk about the most interesting summer jobs of 2013. We all have seen those movies where a young man is ready to look for a job during the summer holidays, no matter if he wants to buy his own car or to put some college funds aside. But in today’s economy, marked by unemployment and recession, few people manage to get hired on good positions. In these circumstances, it seems quite impossible for an inexperienced teen to make it. However, we will see what summer jobs are both available and well paid this summer.
10 Most Interesting Summer Jobs
1. Golf caddy
This job requires some physical endurance and some basic knowledge of the game, but it is not a hard job to do, considering mostly it will last around four hours a day. In 2010, Forbes nominated this summer job as being the best paid in the market, with earnings varying between $50 and $100 for a day’s job. This year the average pay is almost the same, but let’s not forget the golfers are fun, open and warm people, so usually the caddies get good tips too.
2. Retail sales assistant
It may not be the first job a young person thinks about when planning the summer employee status, but sales is a work field that can teach somebody elementary concepts and notions that can be adapted to any business. This year, the pay range is estimated to $11 to $13 per hour and the job is suitable for people with social skills and team – work abilities. From sampling to inventory and from cash register to shelf product placement, retail sales make good summer jobs leading to future opportunities.
3. Corporate internship
A top – 25 list provided by Glassdoor and analyzed by Bloomberg Businessweek in February mentioned VMware, Exxon Mobil, Google and Qualcomm, among others, with an average internship pay of $4000 a month. Later this year, Forbes managed to narrow down the best paying companies, with Google ranking the first place, followed by Procter & Gamble.
Provided the young end up with Dennis the Menace to care for, babysitting is still in the top summer jobs that can offer a stable income. Patience, spontaneity and humor are required of course. No matter if you don’t know much about children’s care products, specific nutrition facts and schedules or the newest trends in toys and games, a babysitter will learn what it is to know and with the right attitude and a natural inclination for care giving and fun, they can earn not only money, but people skills and crisis situation management capacities.
The market trends for this year talk about a visible increase in the touristic industry, so hotels, motels and hostels especially will need reliable personnel. Some people say that teenagers are the most messy and disorganized creatures, but some take serious responsibility in helping around touristic facilities. Some of these jobs can get a person around 10 dollars an hour and even if it is not an internship at CISCO, housekeeping too teaches a young person to collaborate, develop people skills and assume decisions.
There are few teenage movies that don’t promote tutoring one way or the other, either to emphasize that summer holidays mean a lot of work and effort for some kids in order to make it in school, or to emphasize that older teenagers can really be responsible and teach what they know best. The market trend is in an ascendant path this year, with a minimum tutoring fee of $15 per hour and rising, depending on the study field. Many students make extra money by tutoring their younger peers and it is said to be one of the best summer jobs one can have, as it is flexible and encourages everybody to learn and explore more.
7. Health care employee
The Department of Labor predicted a spectacular increase in the health care industry by 2020 that will require certified professionals and health professionals. Of course, a young student looking for a summer job in a hospital or a nursing home will have to follow special training, but there are other jobs, such as desk clerks, helpers, auxiliary personnel that can make decent money and learn how to be organized, to work in a team and to follow specific rules.
8. Pet Sitter
This is in no way an undermining job, even if it looks like it and a youngster would feel ashamed to admit he’s walking Mrs. Patterson’s puddle to his or her classroom mates. Mrs. Patterson probably pays the polite and caring young man or woman around $10 – $15 per hour and the teenager in return will learn something about responsibility, hygiene, spontaneity, human kindness, animal compassion and animal care. If this summer one learns about dog food and the best chewing toys for small dogs and the next summer will get a retail sales position in a pet shop, that young person will become employee of the month in no time.
9. Content writer
This job requires skills and practice, but there are hundreds of opportunities only a click away and available even for less experienced teenagers to make money out of writing. For instance, the Content Writer Job group on LinkedIn counts almost 13.000 members, some offering writing jobs, some looking, so the market is expanding, especially together with the SEO industry. As facts and figures go, a good article can be paid with $10 to $100 and some companies offer four figure salaries for the full timers. This is one of the most interesting summer jobs of 2013, as the industry is very eager to co-opt skilled writers proving imagination, creativity, language and grammar skills and an exercised ease to deliver a project in time.
10. Pizza deliverer
Another movie cliché but one that can get a teenager some good extra cash if he does his job fast and responsible enough. Everybody loves the pizza guy and almost everybody offers tips. In terms of money, it won’t buy one a Corvette, but it will teach punctuality, responsibility, team work, social skills and people management. If ones pays good attention to the product, who knows if by next year he or she will end up working in a restaurant, managing a small part of the business or even get a better job in food products sales?