Jobs for 19 Year Olds

jobs for 19 years old

Part-time or Full-time?

Being 19 usually means being out in the world. Even if you are still living with your parents, a typical 19-year old is working, going to college, or furthering their education in some way. What follows are the common questions for those who have turned 19 and searching for the best type of job.

Can a 19-year old work full-time? Yes. Being 19 means that you can work a full-time job if you desire. Whether working full time is right for you is another matter. But there are no laws that restrict you in finding full time work. In fact, many who are 19 years old are working full time in the U.S. right now.

Work Experiences

Is work experience necessary for a 19-year old? That depends on the type of work that is being performed. Obviously, work that requires previous experience or certain qualifications means that you will need some type of background in order to get the job.

However, there are many jobs available to a 19-year old that does not require any prior work experience. Many such jobs are the pathway to a career depending on the field in which you want to succeed. Although for most people who are 19, they are probably looking for work to support themselves while in college or training for another career.


In the U.S., the current federal minimum wage is $7.25. However, many states have minimum wage requirements that are higher than that. So, you have a baseline of what a typical salary may be when you start to work.

The amount you should earn as a 19-year old should be based on what you need compared to the work that is being performed. In other words, are you earning enough to support yourself and purchase the things you want without taking too much away from your education or other endeavors that you want to pursue?

If the answer is yes, then the sky is the limit for how much you can earn. This is especially true of jobs that have commissions such as sales where your earnings can grow considerably while not spending any more time on the job.


As an adult, there are no limitations on a 19-year old when it comes to work. You can work any job that also employs adults well over the age of 19. Until you reach the age of 18, the Federal Child Labor Laws are in effect to keep you from working too much. Those restrictions leave when you turn 18.


The best jobs when in college are those that earn you enough money to support yourself without taking away from your studies. Some of the best jobs available may require some experience or qualifications, but they are well-suited for college students, for examples:

  • Bank Teller
  • Massage Therapist
  • Orderly
  • Tax Preparer
  • Nanny
  • Tutor
  • Dental Receptionist

You can also work at the college itself with jobs that range from dorm receptionist to research assistant. Check out the jobs available at your college and see what works for you.

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