Best Jobs for High School Students

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Looking for a job as a high school student can be stressful, and you may need help figuring out where to start. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of seven jobs perfect for high school students looking to earn extra money. You might even find a career path that suits your interests—and pays well!


As a lifeguard, you’ll be responsible for watching over swimmers at the pool or beach and making sure they’re safe. You’ll need to be certified and able to pass a swim test. You should also be able to swim at least 25 meters (or about 82 feet), as well as perform CPR if necessary.

Lifeguards must be comfortable working in stressful situations while remaining calm and collected.

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Lifeguards must be comfortable working in stressful situations while remaining calm and collected.


Tutoring is a job that you can do in many different ways. There are many kinds of tutors for many different ages.

You can tutor students at the student’s home, or you can work from your own home. If you prefer to work from home, some companies will pay you to come into their office and teach classes over video chat, but this type of job may require an advanced degree or teaching certification. You might choose to tutor children individually or in small groups; however, this type of business takes time and effort because you must make sure each child has the suitable materials and understands what they’re doing before moving on to the next topic.


Gardening is a great way to make money, especially if you love plants and being outside.

You can work in a garden center or with a landscaping company and get paid to plant, groom and maintain gardens. You can also sell plants that you grow yourself using the extra space on your property or at home. In addition to selling the plants themselves, it’s possible to make money from gardening by selling seeds or composting services (i.e., collecting dead leaves from people’s yards).

Senior Companion

Senior companions provide transportation to appointments and help with shopping, housekeeping, and meal preparation. They also assist with medical needs, such as administering medication or helping with bathing. But most importantly, they provide companionship for seniors who may feel isolated from their loved ones because of an illness or disability. Senior companion jobs are perfect for high school students because the hours are flexible and generally don’t require a college degree.

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As a babysitter, you’ll be responsible for looking after children in their homes. You might work with one or several families at once and may have to stay overnight if the parents are out late.

You will have to take care of infants, young children, and older ones, so you must be mature enough to handle yourself around kids. Most babysitters are under 18 years old and earn about $10 per hour plus tips. If you have experience caring for special needs children or have taken courses in child development or first aid training, this could help you get hired at higher rates than other people who don’t know how to deal with certain types of kids. If a family has explicitly asked for someone who can handle an autistic child (or other special needs), make sure they understand your qualifications before accepting employment!


Good customer service skills are a must for this job, as is the ability to multitask. You’ll need to be able to take several different things in at once and not lose track of what’s going on around you. The cashier needs to be able to deal with all types of customers without losing their cool — that means understanding how much patience someone has for waiting in line and resolving conflicts between customers who may be arguing over something. 

It is important to find a job that is right for you

Finding a job that is right for you can be a challenge. You may want to find a job that pays well, but it won’t matter how much money you make if it doesn’t fulfill your needs. To help you narrow your options down to the best fit, consider these questions:

  • Do I like this job?
  • Am I good at doing this job?
  • Does this job pay well? What is the salary range for entry-level positions in my field? What is the average income of workers who have been at their jobs for 5-10 years in my area (or another location)? How do these compare to national averages?
  • Does my employer offer benefits such as health insurance and retirement savings plans that will help me secure my financial future now and after graduation from high school or college?

Finding the right job is important in getting your career on the right foot. Hopefully, this article has helped you discover some of the many jobs available for high school students and provided some valuable tips on how to find them. We hope that you now have a better idea about what kind of job best fits your interests and experience level.