A token “summer job,” is considered a trademark connotation of freshly cut grass, glimmering swimming pools, and endless summer sand. Even if we never had the classic summer depicted in movies, books, and TVs, the thought of a summer job still leaves us feeling blissful.


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The digital age has definitely created a niche for teens and college students who are knowledgeable in things like programming or creating apps, but what about classic summer gigs? Are they still worth pursuing?

1. Caddy

Caddies can expect to earn $50 to $100 for one bag’s worth of work for approximately 4.5 hours of work, according to ForbesA caddy’s job description includes carrying golf bags (typically 40 to 50 pounds), measuring yardages (the distance from the ball to the green), strenuous work outdoors (hiking and walking), cleaning golf- clubs and balls, and more.

The Professional Tour Caddies of America advises interested individuals to volunteer on “mini tours” to gain experience, network, and make references. Youngsters can also learn to caddy by carrying their parent’s gold bag, or their friends. In general, caddies should be in good health, have a great deal of physical stamina, have good eyesight, and be ready to workout.

2. Babysitter

According to online babysitting resource Urban Sitter, the amount babysitters and nannies make on average in the U.S. depends on geography.

  • The lowest figures quoted are in St. Louis, Kentucky, where babysitters make on average $9.75, and nannies make $12.50.
  • New York and San Francisco are the most lucrative states for childcare workers — NYC sitters receive $13.50 and nannies receive $14, while San Francisco sitters make $14, and nannies pull in $15.50.
  • Care.com’s estimate for the average compensation for babysitters hourly is $13. Online babysitting cites like Sittercity.com also offer their own rate calculators.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, childcare workers are expected to be responsible for child supervision, the organization of activities and plans, the preparation of meals and snacks, enforcing good hygiene, and watching for signs of developmental or emotional problems.

3. Lifeguard

According to Snagajob.com, lifeguards make on average $9.25 per hour, and typically work part-time hours. Many employers require lifeguards to have some type of certification from training programs. Interested individuals can determine their state’s requirements by contacting local parks and recreation department.

Lifeguards must be strong swimmers, and their duties include:

  • Supervising swimmers
  • Preventing potential accidents by keeping an eye out for hazards
  • Dispensing advice on water safety
  • Water rescue
  • First aid, including CPR
  • Controlling disorderly behavior

4. Waiter

A waiter is just one position listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook under the larger umbrella of food and beverage serving workers. In 2012, the average waiter made $8.92 per hour.

Most waiters and waitresses earn a large chunk of their compensation from tips. According to figures pulled from Chron, in 2012, waiters employed by standalone restaurants earned a monthly average of $1,700.

5. Sales associate

The title of “retail sales person” may be the most quintessential summer job for many, but the job calls for more than just standing around. Retail sales workers are responsible for things like customer service and store transactions.

In 2012, sales associates made an average of $10.29 per hour according to the BLS.

Would you consider any of these positions for a summer gig?

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