Question of the Day: What is most common summer job for 16-19 year olds?

Apr 09, 2019
Question of the Day, Career

Answer: Accommodation and Food Services (Establishments providing customers with lodging and/or preparing meals, snacks, and beverages for immediate consumption)


  • Which job has seen the most growth since 2000? the biggest decline? 
  • Do you have plans to get a job this summer? If so, describe your plans. 
  • What are some of the benefits of working over the summer? 
  • Why do you think that the number of retail jobs for teens has been declining? 

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Behind the numbers (from Pew Research):

When teens do get summer jobs these days, they’re more likely to be busing tables or tending a grill than staffing a mall boutique or souvenir stand. Nearly 2.1 million of the estimated 6.2 million teens who were employed last July (33.8%) worked in “accommodation and food services” – restaurants, hotels and the like – compared with 1.9 million (22.6%) in July 2000, according to BLS data.


You have students interested in getting their first job? Be sure to have them complete NGPF's lesson: Your First Job

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.