Dec 19, 2023

Question of the Day: What percent of teens report working part-time while attending school?

How many young people are hitting the time clock as well as the textbooks?

Answer: 19.4%

A person facing away with hands on hips looking at a maze in the shape of a dollar symbol.


  • Do you plan to work part-time while in college? If so, how many hours do you want to work? 
  • If you don't plan to work part-time while in college, what jobs/internships do you want to pursue during the summer?
  • How much do you want to save from your part-time job/internships?
  • What do you think is the optimal number of hours for working a part-time job without impacting your studies? 

Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.

Behind the numbers (Statista):

In 2021, around 19.4 percent of teenagers between ages 16 and 19 were employees while enrolled at school in the United States. This is an increase from the previous year, when 17.6 percent of teenagers were working while in school.


For more resources relating to working in college, check out the NGPF Unit on Paying for College.


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About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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