Two of the most exciting rites of passage for teenagers are getting a driver's license and getting their first job. And those two things are intrinsically connected.
According to a recent survey of parents of teens, 49% of respondents said that their kids' biggest motivation for getting a driver's license was finding a job. What's more, 71% of teenagers who have completed driver’s ed have a job, compared to only 19% of those who have not completed driver’s ed.
If you're a teenager looking for a job, we're here to help. Read on to find out how so many of your peers are earning their own money and gaining a little independence.
Do I Need a Driver's License to Get a Job?
Often, having a license is a requirement for a job. Some employers require all applicants to have driver's licenses because they know that you'll have to travel from one job site to another, or because driving is one of the job responsibilities. For example, you can't make deliveries or park cars without a license.
But even if the job doesn't require you to drive, some employers require licenses because they view them as a testament to your responsibility and reliability as an employee.
Where Do Teens With Driver's Licenses Find Jobs?
Looking for your first part-time job can feel pretty intimidating. It helps to know where to start your search. Here's a list of industries that hire a lot of teenagers. You might want to start here.
Not surprisingly, 51% of teens with jobs work in a restaurant. This industry offers fast, on-the-job training and no prior experience is needed. Servers make an average of $11.42 per hour, and hosts and hostesses make $11.92 on average. That's decent pay for your first job.
You might be able to skate by without a driver's license if there is a restaurant within walking distance of your home. But a license will definitely open up more possible jobs, such as food delivery driver. In fact, 41% of teens who work in restaurants deliver food to customers.
According to the survey we cited above, one-third of teenagers with jobs works as a receptionist or office manager. It's a low stress job that's perfect for young people who are just starting out. A quick scan of ZipRecruiter shows a range of receptionist positions available to teens, including front desk clerks in teen recreation centers, doctor's offices, and other professional office locations.
Are you good with computers? You might want to find a job in tech support, like 21% of working teens. Many tech support jobs require you to be at least 18 years old. But there are a lot of jobs that don't require you to have a college degree. So if you've recently graduated high school, this job might be right for you.
Babysitter or Camp Counselor
Babysitting is a popular job for teens because in most states, you can do this job when you're as young as 13 years old. Once you're old enough to get a driver's license, more babysitting jobs will open up to you as well, since parents won't have to pick you up or drive you back home.
Camp counselors typically have to be at least 17 or 18 years old. But some camps will hire counselors as young as 16. If you love leading kids in games and activities, this might be the job for you.
Ready to get started on your first part-time job? Sign up for one of our online driver's ed classes, and you'll be on your way to a driver's license AND a job!