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12 Awesome Summer Jobs

Fun, well-paying ways to earn cash.

Jun 12, 2020

School’s out!  Will you be working this summer?  A summer job can earn you serious cash to buy the stuff you want (instead of constantly having ask for it), plus it can allow you to save for future expenses like a car and college.  It can also look great on a resume and help you gain problem-solving skills you’ll need years down the road.  So which jobs are fun and pay well?   Check out these 12 picks. 

Dog Walker

If you love animals, this is a no-brainer.  Clients will hire you to walk their dogs while they’re at work all day.  You could work for a local dog-walking agency, for an app like Wag or Rover, or on your own. What a great way to earn money while getting some exercise and fresh air!  You may even get to set your own schedule.

A dog-walking job can be flexible with hours--And help you get some steps in!A dog-walking job can be flexible with hours, and help you get some steps in!
 

Landscaper

If you love the outdoors, chances are you’ll enjoy this job if you don’t mind working up a sweat.  Landscapers mow, weed and plant, among other things.  You could work as part of a landscaping crew, or mow people’s yards on your own. (You’ll just need access to a mower.)

Are you an expert lawn-mower?  Mow your neighbors' grass for cash!Are you an expert lawn-mower? Mow your neighbors' grass for cash!
 

Tutor

If you ace a certain subject or have an area of expertise (like computer science), you could make great money as a tutor.  You could work on your own, for a school, for a tutoring agency, or for another organization that helps people learn computer skills.

You could use your talent to help other students as a tutor.You could use your talent to help other students as a tutor.
 

Camp Counselor

If you love working with younger kids and think you might want to work with them as part of a career someday, this job could be perfect for you.  Supervise campers while spending time outside playing games, making crafts and doing other fun stuff.  You’ll earn great leadership and conflict management skills, to boot.

A summer job can help you gain skills for future career.A summer job can help you gain skills for a future career.
 

Lifeguard

Are you a strong swimmer?  Get certified to be a lifeguard and make great money while hanging out by a pool or beach.  Apply to country clubs, athletic clubs, schools, parks, and water parks.  Check out your local Red Cross to find out how to get certified.

Get certified as a lifeguard and work at a pool, park or club.Get certified as a lifeguard and work at a pool, park or club.
 

Caddie

If golf and athletics are your thing, definitely investigate this job.  Caddies carry golfers’ equipment for them during matches.  There’s a lot of walking and the golf bag can get heavy—but the job can pay quite well.  It helps to have good social skills and the gift of gab.  Familiarity with golf is a must.

Caddie jobs pay well, give you exercise and let you show off your communication and athletic skills.Caddie jobs pay well, give you exercise and let you show off your communication and athletic skills.
 

Delivery Driver

If you have your own car and a driver’s license, you could use them to make money delivering pizzas, but also items like groceries too.  Check local grocers who use the Instacart app, as well as pizzerias.

If you're lucky enough to have your license and a car, put them to work as a delivery driver!If you're lucky enough to have your license and a car, put them to work as a delivery driver!
 

Prep Cook

Dream of becoming a chef?  You’ll be in heaven washing, cutting, and measuring ingredients in a restaurant.  Just be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment.

A prep cook is a great way to break into the food industry.A prep cook is a great way to break into the food industry.
 

Barista

If coffee drinks are your thing, pass the time in a coffee shop as a barista, preparing lattes and other drinks.  If you have good people skills and like being around others, that’s a plus.

If you love coffee shops, check out the barista positions in your area.If you love coffee shops, check out the barista positions in your area.
 

Park Worker

If you snag a job working for a public park, you’ll get to work outside—and earn great money.  Positions include gate attendant (who takes your money when you enter the park), a maintenance crew position (keeping the park grounds clean and tidy), and lifeguard, among others.

Movie Theater Worker

Calling all movie buffs—or anyone who loves popcorn or air conditioning—This job is calling your name.  You may even be able to watch movies at a discounted rate.

Sell tickets and popcorn at a movie theater.Sell tickets and popcorn at a movie theater.
 

Retail Worker—Selling Stuff You Love

Love bikes?  Ice Cream?  Clothes?  Find a store that fits your personality and apply there.  You’ll gain great communication skills interacting with the public, and you’ll get to talk about products you’re passionate about.

What's your favorite place to shop?  Maybe they're hiring!What's your favorite place to shop? Maybe they're hiring!
 

When you’re deciding on where to apply for a job, think about your interests, talents, and skills.  For example, if you hate the outdoors, a landscaping job probably isn’t for you.  Or if you’re a social butterfly, you might gravitate towards jobs in restaurants or stores where you can talk with people every day.  A summer job isn’t just about the cash—Although that’s a huge part of it!  It’s also about the experience you’ll gain to set you up for future success. 

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