Jobs for Kids

Find Age-Appropriate Jobs for Children

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Jobs for Kids

When your child's spending habits begin to outpace his allowance it might be time for him to look for a job for kids. In addition to earning spending money, jobs for children can help kids learn about responsibility and money management.

Types of Jobs for Kids

Job ideas for kids to explore. Find out about the various types of jobs for children to get started earning their own money.

  • Babysitting Jobs: Watching other children is a job available for children age 12 and over. If your child is mature and responsible enough for this job, check into getting training and getting started.
  • Lawn Mowing Jobs: If your child is old enough to operate a lawnmower and you live in a neighborhood with lawns, this is a good choice. She will be able to work with neighbors.
  • Dog Walking Jobs: This is a job for children of a variety of ages, and they can develop a regular clientele. It's a great job for before or after school. Younger children can start assisting an older child.
  • Pet Sitting Jobs: If you can take in pets or provide care at the neighbors' homes, this is a job a responsible child can do or assist with.
  • Family Business Jobs: You can find tasks in your family business that are suitable for your child, then teach them responsibility and let them earn money.

Job Ideas by Age

Looking for an age appropriate job?

Our collection of jobs for kids sorted by age will help your child find out what other kids their age are doing to earn spending money. These jobs may need to be modified if your child is more or less mature and responsible, but these lists will give you a starting point.

  • Jobs for 9-Year-Olds: For children this young, it's often good for them to start in an assistant position, helping an adult or older child as they learn the job. Ideas include yard work other than mowing, parent's helper, dog walker, pet sitter/house sitter assistant, family business tasks and lemonade stand.
  • Jobs for 10-Year-Olds: This list is similar to that for the 9-year-old, but you can judge whether or not your child is ready for more responsibility in the positions.
  • Jobs for 11-Year-Olds: By age 11, your child may be ready for the responsibility of babysitting, and doing other jobs such as dog walking and yard work independently rather than as an assistant.
  • Jobs for 12-Year-Olds: This is a common age to begin babysitting, and your child may be able to begin tutoring. Most 12-year-olds can also take on mowing and heavier yard work. Some states allow agricultural work starting at age 12.
  • Jobs for 13-Year-Olds: As your child grows and matures, she may be ready for more responsibility in the jobs already listed, as well as able to do heavier mowing and yard work.
  • Jobs for 14-Year-Olds: Some states allow children to work in restaurants at age 14, so you can explore that option as well.

Jobs for Busy Kids

Is your child's schedule limited by school and extracurricular activities? Check out the collection of seasonal summer jobs or jobs limited to weekends.

  • Summer Jobs for Kids: These jobs can bring spending money during school breaks. Many times opportunities open up in summer for taking care of neighbors' children, yards, and pets. Jobs include lifeguard, car wash, summer nanny, lemonade stand, mowing, yard work, babysitting, pet sitting, house sitting, and dog walking, 
  • Weekend Jobs for Kids: Jobs such as babysitter are often most in demand on the weekend and won't interfere with school or sports.

How to Find Jobs for Kids

Once your child has determined what type of job they want, it's time to look for a job. Here are some helpful resources to help your children find a job.