Jobs for 16 Year Olds

jobs for 16 years old

Jobs That Hire at 16

There are more job openings for the age of 16 compared to the age below old as it is the passing stage for some adult responsibilities. This is also the reason why most companies like to hire teens at this age as they can manage more responsibilities and task. Here are some jobs you can do:

  • Food industry
    Servers, Host/Hostess, crew members, bakers, cake decorator, cashiers, dishwashers are some of the positions in the food industry. Most restaurants seek teens that are aged 16 for these positions. Its duties include greeting customers, serving and preparing food, assisting with customer inquiries, and using kitchen equipment and many more.
  • Retail industry
    Sales associate, booksellers, customer service representative, cashiers, merchandisers, and many more. This position requires having great communication skills and selling skills to help you interact with customers into buying a product. Most of these jobs can be found working in malls or boutiques.
  • Health Care industry
    There are many hospitals that hire teens at age 16. They usually work as cashiers, pharmacy assistants, prescription clerks, CVS store clerks and many more. They are often guided and trained to work as they deal with health and wellness.
  • Business Services industry
    Office Assistant, Receptionist, Data Clerk, Data Entry Assistant, Mail Clerk are some of the jobs that can be applied by 16-year-olds. Basic computer skills and math skills are needed for these positions.

Can You Work Full Time at 16?

As a 16-year-old teenager you can work without restrictions on working hours but there are some jobs that are classified as hazardous works that you should not be doing. Some states allow 16-year-olds to work full-time without restrictions, while others have limitations on the number of hours they can work during school days.

First things first, you need to know what your best assets and skills are and put them in your resume. Then, know what job is suited for your skills and make sure that you are interested in the work and duties you are applying for. This can be done by checking the job details such as compensation, benefits, work hours, and job duties. Browse newspapers ad, online career sites and visit stores to know any available positions.

  • You should have a good resume to show that you have the ability and capability to compete with other job applicants. Learn more how to make a teen resume.
  • You should send many job applications, at least to 5 different employers every week. Do not send your application to the same employers, this will be irritating for the HR people.
  • Only apply for jobs that you can meet the requirements. If you can only work part time, do not apply for a full time job.

Rights, Rules and Benefits

Like any other employee, 16 years are entitled to have their own rights and benefits when working for a company. Here are some things they should keep in mind:

Hours of Work
At 16 you may work unlimited hours.

Every employee is entitled to have a minimum wage. For 16-years-old, they might be paid a minimum wage of $4.25 an hour only during the first 90 consecutive calendar days. This is not limited to your first employer. Each time you change jobs, your new employer can pay you thisĀ youth minimum wage.

Work Permit
16 years old are considered as minors which means they need to obtain a work permit to be able to apply for a position from a company.

10 Most Available Jobs for 16 Year Olds

The followings are most common job positions available for 16-year-olds.

Most Hiring 16



Restaurants & Cafes


Restaurants & Cafes

Bob Evans

Casual Restaurants
Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

Places That Hire at 16

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Company Industry
Hallmark Consumer Products Manufacturing
FedEx Freight Shipping & Trucking
BoxLunch Gift, Novelty & Souvenir Stores
American Eagle Outfitters Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
Caribou Coffee Restaurants & Cafes
Prana Motion Picture Production & Distribution
Maurices Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
Bob Evans Restaurants Restaurants & Cafes
Banfield Pet Hospital Pet Care & Veterinary
Burger Barn
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati Civic & Social Services
Cracker Barrel Restaurants & Cafes
Journeys Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
UnityPoint Health Health Care Services & Hospitals
Spare Time Entertainment Sports & Recreation
Big Lots General Merchandise & Superstores
City of West Linn Municipal Agencies
FEAST Enterprises
Gopuff Shipping & Trucking
IHOP Restaurants & Cafes

Most Cities Hiring at 16

  • Columbus, OH
  • Houston, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Springfield, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN