The number and quality of job opportunities for young people depends on their age and skills. Children between the ages of 4 and 10 can earn money by engaging in light work at home, including raking leaves, cleaning or gardening. Slightly older kids can engage in lawn mowing, dogsitting or babysitting. Teenagers enjoy further job opportunities such as retail or restaurant work or lifeguarding.
The American Red Cross offers lifeguard certification classes for children older than 15, which can lead to working as a lifeguard in water amusement parks or public pools. Parents often look for young and responsible people of that age to watch their younger children. Signing up with a local referral service or seeking an opportunity through friends and family is a good way to find clients.
Minimum age limits for employment with a business vary by the state and the company. Some retail businesses require teenagers to be at least 16 to work. Once children reach the required age, they can apply for any job that is not hazardous or doesn't involve operating dangerous machinery. As of 2015, working in food or retail services are the most popular options for teenagers.
Possessing unique skills can lead to various tutoring opportunities. Parents often look for qualified teenagers to serve as tutors to their children, rather than paying higher rates for professionals. If a teenager is good at math, language or science, she can provide one-on-one tutoring services in exchange for money.