Top employers of teens (and more great info about summer jobs)

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

Summer is here and school is out! For parents of teens (and pre-teens) two thoughts come to mind: joy and panic. My first thought is “What in the world will I do to keep my teen occupied and away from their phone and computer all summer?” Can you relate?

There are plenty of great summer camps and educational experiences out there, but they are expensive. I need my teens to learn some life lessons and earn some of their own spending money. Summer jobs are the perfect answer. They teach skills that employers are looking for after college and mature teens in ways that fancy camps never can (can you say humility?) I wrote more about the benefits of summer jobs for college and career preparation in a previous blog. You can read that here. But today I want to share some of the more practical information to help you teen look for, and find, a summer job.

Where can teens look for summer employment opportunities?

Check the local newspaper or Chamber of Commerce website

Ask your local friends on Facebook “who’s hiring?”

Network through school or church friends

Try the old fashioned way (and probably most effective): go door to door

Use a search engine. Snagajob is the largest and one of the best sites for finding part-time jobs and internships. Search by type of job, location and zip code to generate a list of jobs. Job seekers can fill out an online profile and also apply online.

Who are the top employers of teens?

According to snagajob, these businesses lead in hiring younger employees.

Burger King

Cracker Barrel


Pizza Hut

Sonic Drive-In


Pollo Tropical

Taco Bell


Del Taco


Dairy Queen


Luby's, Inc.

Are you skeptical that there are businesses hiring right now in your town?

Doubtful. Here is a sampling of cities with job listing for teens.