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Updated on February 4, 2013

Jobs For High School Graduates

When you are looking for jobs for 18 year olds, you are really trying to find jobs for high school graduates. At 18, you pretty much have only two or three options: you can go to college or a trade school, find a job, or take some time off and travel if you are rich. Of course most students choose to continue on and go to college but there are some that look for jobs right away.

Types of Jobs For 18 Year Olds

18 Year olds are allowed to do almost all jobs except those that require you to be 21. By the time you are eighteen, the law considers you to be mature enough and physically capable of doing such jobs that were considered "hazardous" and "dangerous" when you were younger. This means you can work in mines, operate heavy machinery, work on assembly lines, and other such jobs that might be considered dangerous. You can't, however, work in a bar or anyplace that you need to be 21 years old to get in.

It is highly preferable for anyone 18 years old to go to college. At least a community college should be given a try if you can't get into a bigger one. However, it must be said that college is not for everyone and there have been many successful people who never went to college. If you think that college is not for you, then it is wise to start looking for a job.

Reasons To Get A Job Over College

There is at least one good reason to get a job right out of high school and not go to college and it involves money. College is expensive now and many students need to go into debt to pay for it, sometimes heavily in debt. That means when they get out of college, they will be starting their working life with a debt to be paid off and may have to work for many years before they are back to even.

If that same person skipped college and went straight to work, they would now have savings instead of being in debt after 4 years. Of course all this depends on what that person wanted to do with their life as there are many jobs that require a college degree. But if a person didn't have any particular job or career aspirations, getting a job right out of high school could in some cases be a better financial decision.

Make Your Own Job

It might be true that right now in 2009, there are more young people looking for jobs than there are jobs available. In some cases, adults are doing the jobs that teens used to be given because any job for them is better than no job. Employers sometimes feel they must give jobs to the workers that have families and have a proven track record over someone who has just graduated high school and has little work history.

So, if you are looking for jobs for 18 year olds, what are you to do. The best website that may get you started earning money online is one that discusses how to get referrals to the many online surveys for money websites. There are many scams online but learning how to get your websites ranked and turn targeted search traffic into money is not one of the scams. It is actually a career that is called "Internet marketing" and many make a good living at it. Of course it is not easy and will take a lot of learning and discipline but it is something that almost anyone can do if they put their mind to it. As proof, you can see this CashCrate check proof that is big enough to get most people's attention.

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      Need a Job 2 years ago

      Annoying isn't it, Im 18 and I need a job. Funny thing is I have applied for everywhere, I applied for pets at home twice, got the interviews, got the work trial and because I was against someone who gotten higher on the application form, they got the job. I would of had to do that job perfectly to get it. Pathetic how much employers expect from us inexperienced people. How about give us a bloody chance and train us instead of looking for experienced people. Makes me go crazy!!! Still not going to give up though, I will get a job eventually!

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      visiter 5 years ago

      I am 18 and i am still in high school, I don't know what to to do or where to go. :/ sad thing is, i still don't have my license to drive. anyone???

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I'm 18 almost 19. I've applied everywhere you can think of, even i think I've applied over 100 jobs, online and walk-ins. I live in Florida which makes it another factor. I want to go to college but i don't have money and my parents don't have that kind of money to put me threw it. Yeah sure student loans....i need a job to pay them back. So if i don't get a job by next year, I'm moving to Amarillo, TX, there they call you quick and scheduled an interview and maybe hire you. Boyfriend lives there and when he was 18, he applied to 3 places, all 3 places called him and wanted an interview...he was home schooled and had NO JOB EXPERIENCE, so it sounds right for me to go there.

      Btw hes making hellagood money!!

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      noe mehu 5 years ago

      i'm from haiti i can speak english but i don't how spell any words

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      ross 5 years ago

      im going to collage so later in my life i ca get a job

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      Ruff 5 years ago

      Actually disagree with the bar, @ 18 u can get bartending license and work behind a bar @ 18,

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      Ayanna bennett 5 years ago

      i turned 18 april 15th i want job also i need one whilw im in medical school i graduate with my cpr n cna license may 2013. i just need one at the moment

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      Victor 5 years ago

      I am 18. Pls i need a job. Can some one help me or show me where i can get one. Pls email me.

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      joanna 6 years ago


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      YESENIA 6 years ago

      I need to work i have a baby.

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      satishpatel 6 years ago

      i want a simpel job

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      peter mushimba 6 years ago

      am 17 years old,am still schooling and am looking for a job.i need a job as to keep my school fees in normal writing my exams next year and scholl fess are needed.

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      joshua 6 years ago

      same here, im 18 and i cant get a full time job either. i need a job badly because i need to save for a car and an apartment in the long run. any full time job i look at, all they want is experience, which i don't have.

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      shahrooz 6 years ago

      can any one help me iam 18 and i need a job please........

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      Tiffany 6 years ago

      I need a job bad somebody plz help :(

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      kz 6 years ago

      i am 21 not finished my class 10 i need a job any ideas will fin my 1oth n 12th this year i need a job fast pls

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      jeanrose estember 6 years ago

      hi 1m 18 ,and i need a job asap,,my email

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      Janecia 6 years ago

      Im 18 can any one help me or give me some ideas cause im tired of having lazy buttitis my email is God bless you

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      Jaeboo 6 years ago

      Im 18 and I need a Job asap until I get started on my career sitting round tha house gets lame and boring...... ugh it sucks big time

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      Benjamin 6 years ago

      I am 18 and i need a job. Please can someone hire me or give me ideas on where to find a job. I have experience from syep. Please email me with ideas. My email is

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      shahzaib malik 6 years ago

      i need a job ..........i am 18 and im interested in import export plz contact me if anyone wants me to help.!

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      Haizelyn 6 years ago

      i need to hve a work because i want to study college

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      Ruth 6 years ago

      I am 18 years old and just finish with high school and i am so desperate to find a job already and i don't have not damned experinece what so ever ...i am tired of being brook all the time i need money

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      patty 6 years ago

      hell im almost 20 and iv bin looking for work cens 2007 gess what no luck

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      Beth 6 years ago

      I can't find work and I'm becoming depressed D:

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      lamich 7 years ago

      i need a job now, im 18, im planning to go to college

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      chris 7 years ago

      im 18 i have a lil job exp.. i did roofs and remodeling homes i work with wood and stuff but latly iv been looking for a real job and there is nowere around this place. i moved out my momes house i live with my sis and she bitches at me everyday for doing nuthing and i thank to myself i would be the happyest person alive if i hade a job and got out this house. its no fun watching your life go by and not being happy it suckes! im in love and hoping to get merryed soon but need a job to get are rings and house and get her a car. my life would be sooooooo much happyer if i hade a job!

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      xheyinlex 7 years ago

      I'm 19 going to college and no job experienced. How in the hell can I get a job if all employers want experienced people

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      david 7 years ago

      im 18 and need a job im smart and have tech school skills and osha sertified i can do any thingjust need a start

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      JJ 7 years ago

      I'm 18 years old about to be 19 in just a few months. I have been applying for jobs online on and off for the past 5-6 months and it's really hard to get a job :/ I don't even get any respond and in applications they ask for job experience, it's pretty hard to get a work experience when I can't get a job anywhere. I live in a small town in Tennessee and tried applying for jobs 30 miles away and still no luck. I need a job to start supporting myself and start helping my mother send money to my family. (I'm from a very poor country that's why my family needs support)

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      sheryl 7 years ago

      hi!im 19years old i have been working as a househelper i want to conntinue my study but i cant earn much for it i don't know what job is applicable for me w/ my experience and i am independent too....i really needs help ...pls sss

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      Anaya Brown 7 years ago

      Hello im 18years old i live with a friend here in Hampton VA i have to pay rent soon i have handed out atlest over 10 job-applictions i dodnt get no hiring REPONDS because i have no experience and if i don't pay rent i will get put out and soon i will have to find a shelter!Iv just got into a physical altereation with my family I fill like i have no hope!.........I NEE HELP!!!!!ASAP!

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      Heather 7 years ago

      People want experience but how can you get experience if NO ONE will hire you!?

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      Neveka Grant 7 years ago

      I'm 18 and going to college....and i realy need a job!!!

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      zoya 7 years ago

      man i need a jod n m already 18 n hav no work xperience at all..i don kno wht to do...though my colg is goin to start i don't hav much course to do...m sick of dis lyf

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      furkan 7 years ago

      Im really looking for a job. i would work whatever it would be. i really need it . . . whatever whatever,that's not important . . Im physically strong man. Im 18. I have no experience but i really would try with all my possibilities . answer me

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      stef 7 years ago

      it is really frustrating as i as well am looking for a job. try they specifically post up hourly jobs instead of more corporate ones. good luck guys.

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      Work? 7 years ago

      I applied EVERYWHERE in my area and I'm still jobless. Why do people need to have experience? Can't employers stop being lazy and train someone? I have people to support and it's depressing.

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      frustrated 7 years ago

      Im 18,im so freaking frustrated i ve applied evrywhere but no luck once so evr. but i have NO EXPERIENCE as well.

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      JOB PLEASE 7 years ago

      I'm 18 and I've searched for work for years now! Why can't employers pull their head from their asses and hire inexperienced people? I'm pressured to find one and it doesn't help with them being picky.

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      Danielle 7 years ago

      i'm 18 finished college, i have applied for numerous different jobs and been rejected from all of them, how am i supposed to get a job if i don't have experience, or the employers tell me where i have gone wrong, in order for me to improve for the next time ???

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      Jane 7 years ago

      I'm 18, just graduated a two weeks ago. I'm being bitched at to find a job. I want money also for myself. I don't really care about college because I know better what to do and what not to do in life. So as long as I have an ok job and get to draw [i'm an artist], I don't really care.

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      Fazliddin 7 years ago

      I'm 19. I want to work .I'm from Uzbekistan

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      Richard 7 years ago

      I had a summer internship and they promised me i would have a job, and they would put me right on and even give me training. But then they hired someone with much more experience than me. I have been looking for a real job for so long now. I mean i can get summer jobs almost easily but right now I'm a senior and i need money more than ever.

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      Hawk 7 years ago

      I am 18 and i need a damn job i have a kid on the way and i need to help support it so pleaz some one help me

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      gary 7 years ago

      am 18 and i need a job i would do almost anything.

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      James bass 8 years ago

      I have been looking for a job for almost a year noe and i can`t find one, what should i do?

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      ADRIANA 8 years ago

      im 18 years old and never had a job how am i supposto

      have a job when i have no experience?

      i know most people would say "you should of started working

      when you were like 15 or 16"

      buuuut i wanet to finish school then have a job!

      now in these days they only ask for experience and it

      kills me because i have no experience!!!

      i want and need a job so i can go to college :)

      but how i have no experience!!?

      help me please..

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      risk 8 years ago

      im 18, i work part time and go to school full time. i plan on becoming an EMT and getting a job in a hospital or something. right now i wash dishes at the school cafeteria for minimum wage and you don't know how hard it was to find that job. the most frustrating thing is not hearing back from a job. just take what you can get and don't stop applying. if you apply to five places a day you WILL find a job eventually. and school is definitely the way to go. unless you have an extra 20 years and plan on working your way up the chain. anyone can go to school at anytime, trust me, they WANT you to succeed. work hard, go to school, get money.

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      Ariba 8 years ago

      I'm 18 and I can't get a job anywhere!

      It's so frustrating....

      stupid economy!

      And yea many places want good experienced people, well if we ever get any job we'd have some experience.

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      Adam 8 years ago

      I am 26, and when I was in high school I was learning Network Engineering through an advanced program with perfect attendance, and held an internship as a network technician only to find myself working in minimum wage in a Safeway because I did not have work experience. I worked several part-time retail jobs before going to college, then after I could afford the first semester I walked to college (yes, walked) for two years full-time and to a sales job in a cellular place in the mall during the weekends while also walking to a fast food place. Then after two years of taking jobs I did not like I finally had enough money to buy a car at the age of 20. I moved out of my moms house and into my dads appartment, only to find a job working at Best Buy. I recently moved to another state, bought a house, got a new car, have an associates degree in IT/business, and have been with Best Buy for over 5+ years. 71 of my credits transferred to a community college, and I am taking programming courses for transfer to a state university by the end of the year so I can become a programmer. My friend who did the same thing is working in a DoD contract for Lockheed Martin as an IT Specialist. In a few years he will be qualified for a higher IT job. I am going to be working in programming and network support for other companies or owning a business. Here's how you get experience, you avoid the stupid military, you bleed for what you want, you learn from mistakes, take annoying classes, do exactly the opposite of what people tell you, and then you too can have a little spoon full of the cheese cake. LOL That's called getting experience. LOL

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      natalie 8 years ago

      YES i agree with you jasmin, how are we (18 yrs. old) suppose to find a job, when they all ask for some type of experience !

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      Jasmin 8 years ago

      I'm 18 going to college and no job experienced. How in the hell can I get a job if all employers want experienced people?

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      karese jennette 8 years ago

      i need a job im 18