Many teenagers get a part-time job to earn extra spending money for things such as clothes, electronics and fuel for their cars. Working helps a teen learn about time management and responsibility, according to an article written by Jeylan T. Mortimer, Ph.D., on the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website. If your teen wants to work, it's important that he find a job doing something he enjoys. Teens who love sports have several jobs to choose from that involve sports, in one way or another.
Community Centers and Clubs
Some community centers and organizations, such as the Boys or Girls Club, may hire teens for part-time positions. These jobs may include helping organize after-school and summer activities for the children who attend, including sports. Teens can help kids with sports such as the PGA Sports Academy at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This program introduces children to golf in an effort to help them stay active and build character. Other sports offered may include softball, baseball, basketball and soccer.
Summer camps, including traditional camps and sports camps, often hire teen camp counselors. Your teen can look for a particular sports camp to apply for, such as swimming, tennis, baseball or basketball. Alternatively, she can look for a traditional day camp or overnight camp, where she might help plan sports and other activities campers participate in, which may include rowing, soccer, water skiing, rock climbing, hiking and golf.
Teens who enjoy golf can apply for part-time jobs at their local golf courses. Teen jobs may include golf caddy, which gives teens the chance to learn more about the game while assisting golfers, or groundskeeper helper, a job that may include landscaping duties such as trimming bushes, mowing grass or weed-eating. Either position allows your teen to spend time at the golf course and enjoy the outdoors.
Area Swimming Pools
Your teen can apply for a lifeguard position at your community swimming pool if he enjoys swimming. Generally, lifeguards must complete lifeguard training, along with certifications such as CPR and first aid. The American Red Cross website states that a teen has to be at least 15 years old and be able to pass set swimming requirements before taking a lifeguarding course, which may also include victim assessment, rescue skills, patron surveillance and care for spinal, head and neck injuries.
What Your Teen Needs to Know
It's important that your teen find a job that doesn't require too many hours, which could negatively impact his school work or other commitments. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) restricts the number of hours anyone under the age of 16 can work and has specific rules about jobs that are too dangerous for teens under the age of 18. The age and number of hours a teen can work varies by state and can be found at your state's department of labor website. For example, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries offers a page on its website that explains the number of hours per day and week a teen can work. The number of allowed hours depends on age and whether or not school is in session.
The amount of pay your teen should expect to receive at her job can also vary by state. Some states have minimum wage requirements, which are listed on the United States Department of Labor website. Other states do not have a set minimum wage, so you and your teen will have to get wage information from potential employers.