By: Samuel Loy
Summer is one of the best times to get a job for high school/college students
Summer is a great time to relax, spend time with friends, and do the things teenagers do during a break. However, more and more students are choosing to spend their summer saving money for college or one of the many other aspects of life that requires money. As a junior who has begun the college process, I decided to look into some of the most popular jobs among high school and college students.
While central Pennsylvania might not offer the largest array of fun and exciting jobs, it is a crock pot of simple jobs that fit into most schedules. Landscaping is a popular summer job, since it pays decently well ($11.41 per hour according to insidemonkey.com), and allows a worker to spend a majority of their time outside. Lifeguard, camp counselor, or helping out around a farm are other jobs that many high school students take up over the summer.
Once you reach college, the job pool starts to open up a little more. Bar tending (for those of age) is one of the most popular jobs among college students due to good tips and an integration into campus nightlife. Listening to people at a bar not your thing? Maybe try fitness training. At $14.95 an hour it pays well and is easy work for those with patience and a little fitness know-how. If you’re not really a people person, animal shelters hire many teenagers. While the pay is minimum wage, pet fans will feel right at home.
Working with animals can provide a rewarding job for some individuals
Getting a jump start on saving money for college is a smart investment. Student loans, books, food, personal care, and gas can really add up for the unprepared student. Setting aside a little of each paycheck during junior and senior year of high school allows a little elbow room once you reach college. Scholarships and financial aid can help out as well, with many colleges willing to help you out.
If you can recognize and avoid the pitfalls of student loans, credit card debts, and other money-sucking items, providing yourself with money in college will be a lot easier.