What jobs can you get if you are 14 years old?


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Options for jobs are limited at the age of 14, but possibilities include some retail establishments, restaurants or agriculture. People of this age are also employable as creative workers, such as programmers, musicians or graphic artists.

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Some specific jobs available to 14-year-old workers include grocery stock clerk, car wash attendant, news paper delivery person, lifeguard and agricultural helper. Restaurant job options include being a busboy or a dish washer.

The reason that employment opportunities are so limited for 14- and 15-year old workers is that there are heavy restrictions placed on employers by the U.S. Department of Labor. For example, these workers may not work later than 7 p.m. on any school night. The 14-year-old may not work in excess of three hours on any school day. In addition to the time restriction, 14-year-old workers are forbidden to operate any kind of machinery or work with any item that might be considered dangerous. Knives, stoves and box cutters are all considered dangerous items.

These restrictions, along with the associated fines for breaking the rules, make it difficult for many companies to hire young workers. Some industries, such as agriculture, are granted exemptions as long as the work being performed is not dangerous.

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