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Jobs For 17 Year Olds

Updated on May 27, 2013

When you set out to find a job this year, where do you go if you are a teen or a 17 year old looking for work? Jobs for 17 year olds may be harder to find than usual because of the economy but that doesn't mean you shouldn't look.

A good place to start your search is the online job site Snagajob. They specialize in hourly jobs and part time jobs which are what most 17 year olds are looking for. You can search by your zip code and find all the employers that are looking for workers. The types of companies that use SnagAJob to find employees are retail stores, fast food restaurants, and other places that typically have hourly positions. So, if you want to work this summer in a mall, bowling alley, movie theater, or fast food outlet, go to Snagajob to see if you can find something.

SnagAJob specializes in part time jobs and hourly jobs

This is the best online job source for older teens:

Snagajob - (FREE)

You can start your job search at Snagajob but please don't sign up unless you are serious about finding a job. Lots of teenagers really need jobs right now and they only want people who are serious to sign up. – (Also FREE)

You can look for jobs at either one of those sites. Many employers find their new hires online so it is best if you have a resume and submit it there.

To give yourself the absolute best chance of finding a job, you should be searching both online and offline. Going to your local mall and asking around for jobs is a great start but it might not be enough this summer with the lack of jobs. So, since most employers are online and look for good candidates online, signing up with a job site like is a smart choice.

What Kind of Jobs Are 17 Year Olds Allowed To Do?

The good news is that 17 year olds are allowed to do a lot more types of jobs than say 14 or 15 year olds. When you are younger, not only are their restrictions on the hours you are able to work but also the types of jobs you can get. This is understandable because we, as a society, don't want our children to be doing jobs that are dangerous or working too many ours.

The only restrictions for 17 year olds are the types of jobs you can get. Jobs for 17 year olds can be anything that are not hazardous and obviously nothing that you have to be 18 or 21 to do. For instance, a 17 year old would not be able to get a mining job, a roofing job, or any other job that has been classified as hazardous. Also, 17 year olds would not be able to work in a bar or strip club as you have to be 18 or 21 for that.

Time To Create Your Own Jobs

Jobs might be hard to find this summer and for the rest of the year. This means that 17 year olds, if they can't get hired for a real job, might have to think of alternate ways to make money this summer. Enterprising teens will be able to tap into their abilities and strenghts to find things that they are good at the people might be willing to pay for.

For instance, many 17 year olds have had computer classes in school and have spent much of their lives online. If a teen that is good with computers can build websites and other things like that, they might be able to design and build websites and sell them. Alternatively, if you are good at fixing things you might be able to make some money by solving Internet and computer problems for older people that don't have a clue.

Other skills you might have are tutoring skills and teaching skills. Smart 17 year olds might be able to offer their survices in their neighborhood to other kids who need help with school. Of course you would have to get the parents to pay for it.

If you have a skill, is it something you might be able to turn into money? This will mean that you will have to go out and market yourself and find "clients" but it is something you might be able to do successfully. If you can't get hired for a "real job" because there just aren't enough of them out there, perhaps this is your chance to take another road and find a different plan of action. You can also wash cars, rake leaves, pet sit, babysit, cut grass, maintain gardens and lawns and all sorts of other things that people might be willing to pay for. Good luck!

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      Lo-lo 3 years ago

      Start praying and talking to the Lord as if he is standing right next to you. Be patient and know it's not going to happen overnight. (Don't stop praying.) What do you have to lose, you tried everything else now try that.

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      cashcrate review 6 years ago

      I've also used cashcrate and it is legit to make some extra cash. Finding a job most often times is all about networking with people. Tell everybody you know that you are looking for a job and then tell them to tell everybody they know. The more people you know the more connections you have for employment and if you aren't making finding a job your current job, then you are failing to do everything you can to get one.

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      Arthur Warner 6 years ago

      How Can I Get A Job ?

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      manda_dear 7 years ago

      I think that 17 year olds who have quit school SHOULD be looking for a job. I am 17 and i made the mistake of quitting school, but now im doing the smart thing and getting my G.E.D also looking for a job .

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      zadd singh 7 years ago

      i'm 17 just moved here going to john adams high school and looking for a jod can you help me please thank you

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      Anonymous 7 years ago

      Can anyone in this entire post spell right? Or maybe use proper grammar? No wonder why it is so hard for many of our 17 year old teenagers to get a job. Clearly, you need to finish high school before you can get a job. I had a job at 16, so it is not really that difficult, you just need to be devoted to finding a job, and be committed to it. It helps to not be lazy as well. =)

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      do not worry 7 years ago

      Youth that want to get somewhere in life doing positive things have no chance thanks to the government and those who are managers in shops...shameful that we all have to depend on other people in terms of our financial status...youth should rebel

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      Name 7 years ago

      Advice: I was in the same mindset as all of you, "I can't find a job, they're not hiring, all the laid off adults are getting the jobs, etc." First off, change your perspective. It's not that hard.

      First, I would personally walk in and apply. Even if all you have done is babysat or shoveled some driveways, put that as work experience and include them as references. Showing a little bit of responsibility is better than none at all. Also, describe what you did that made the job difficult, don't just put "babysat a 2 year old and 3 year old."

      Second, ask to speak to a manager when turning in an application. (P.S. be dressed professionally and don't come in with friends or family, show you're independent.) Simply tell the manager you're looking for a job and would really like it if he could take a look at your application. Smile! The manager will remember you for that.

      Third, follow up! Turning in an application is not enough. Show initiative. Call the business about 3-5 days after turning in the application, ask to speak to the manager, and simply ask if they have checked the applications. Keep calling every 3-5 days until they do. It may seem pesky, but the worst they can say is no.

      Lastly, if none of this works, then keep trying! Times are tough, and not all places are hiring, but trust me, if you apply at at least 3 places a day, and follow up, you will have a job within 2 months AT MOST.

      Just remember: Finding a job is tough work, and is definitely degrading, but it will be worth it in the long run. And with more work experience it becomes easier to find a second or third job. Good luck!

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      christina 7 years ago

      Im 17 im 18 in 2 weeks. My daughter is 15 months old and I have been looking for a job since I was 6 months pregnant. I cant find one anywhere. WTH

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      Dan 7 years ago

      "17 year olds should be studying not looking for a job."

      Studying for what exactly? To become an engineer or a doctor? If you think that a society can survive without a working class, then I don't think you are in the position to these kinds of remarks.

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      laura 7 years ago

      I think that all 17 year olds should focus on there studying during the day and perhaps get a night job or a weekend job so that they have got time to rest and study at the same time because the fact of the whole matter is that if they wanna earn a little bit of cash then thats there only option, if they get money from college then some of them have to pay board to stay at home so a job would help them with that, well thats my opinion anyway.

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      T.O.S 7 years ago

      Yeah fuck you llanishen! IDGARA about STUDYING DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS!!!! I'd rather be working making money so I can STUDY more DURING SCHOOL! Also how do you expect us to afford higher schooling if our parents aren't pricks that pay for everything?

      I've been looking for a job for well over a year and I still have not found a single job. I had a job at DQ but was laid off during the winter months due to lack of customers. I've applied at every retail store pretty much that I possibly can. Oh, and the whole EOE thing is complete BS If they were equal opportunity employers then they wouldn't say are you between the ages of 18 and 70 on the application, or ask what their race is. Hell, I am half tempted to put down that I am black or asian so then if they don't hire me I'd just report them to the BBB/ and say they discriminated against me due to race and age. See if that would wake them up. I need a job but all I can do is mow one neighbors lawn during the summer months and I get paid $30/time and in the winter clean off 2 neighbors driveways for 25-30/per time/per person. Also my parents don't really want me to work at mcdonalds so that makes it even more difficult.

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      Anon Love.  7 years ago

      I'm 17 and stuck at home without any transportation, no bus, no taxi, etc. and I've been looking for an online job. CashCrate seems like an easy thing but is it really as good as it's made out to be? I'm very cautious about online scams.

      I thought about selling mark. make-up (, but at only 30% commission I would have to sell about $170 a month to make $50. No such luck.

      I'm very intelligent - I'm a senior in high school and have never made lower than a 95 on a report card, have always taken honour classes, have a 4.0 GPA, Honour Roll student all my life, and have already started taking college classes. Tutoring would be easy, but I don't know how to get the word out, and I don't have a way to get to people. I'm stuck, and I have to find a job, and soon.

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      amanda 7 years ago

      im tired of my parents bitching at me i need a job asap someone please help me

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      mike 7 years ago

      my dad WON'T get me a job because he is stupid! my dad is lying to me! my dad forbids my ass to get on a 17 year old job! have any ideas how to get rid of my dad?!!!

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      christine 7 years ago

      i need work im 17 years old plsss help meh

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      Need a job!!! 7 years ago

      I'M 17 and I just applied for a job for bath and body works, I know I might not get it b/c you need to be 18, but I tried. I can't even work at petsmart, b/c you also need to be 18. This sucks. I just applied at Borders bookstore so I hope it works out. But I tutored one of my moms best friends, because she was going back to school. She paid me 20 dollars everytime, for something that is easy to me. Yet, I still need a regular job for the summer before college starts.

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      TAmara finley 7 years ago

      i neeed a job!!!!i hate askin my mom for cash!!!

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      Vanessa  8 years ago

      hey anybody thats old enough to work should be looking cause I no my mom needs some help paying the bills

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      Jason Jackson 8 years ago


      You probably can't find a job because you can't spell and have incorrect grammar as well.

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      josh 8 years ago

      i took a pluming course and passed first time i studied really hard but now that im looking for job i cant find anything i even have a years experience and still cant find anything i need help lol

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      davian 8 years ago

      i kant never find a job

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      Andrew 8 years ago

      Myslef and my friend got fed up tryin to find work, so we did a business course, and made our own business. We now make more money than wed be payed in a shift job!

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      Sophia Genorita 8 years ago

      I have been looking for a job for like a year and a half and I havent been able to find one anywhere.... I need a job sooo bad!!!!! and im 17, and i want to be a doctor..and as we all know med school is not cheep... HELP ME!!!!

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      Jason Jackson 8 years ago

      Well Alexander, maybe you should start looking online as that is where all the employers are looking now.

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      Alexander Hernandez 8 years ago

      i have been looking for a job for 3 months now and i dont look for jobs on the internet at all like most lazy-asses in this country. i have been looking for a job in cities around were i live, walking into stores, restaurants, etc..., filling out applications while that day i have been walking miles and talking buses from 6, 7 or 8am to 5 or 6pm. And that i do on weekends and on school breaks i do it every day. And no one has given me a job. and i fucking tired of this bullshit.

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      Linda 8 years ago

      I'm 17 terning 18 soon i have ben looking for a job for like 2 years.. the most i can get is baby sitting for friends and im planing on getting a place of my own wen i tern 18 but i cant do that without a job..

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      Alberto 8 years ago

      I can't get anything at all. I have tried snaga a job every day and I have tried to creat my own work but I had to quit because nobody will allow to me to do any of their house work. Right now I am collecting bottles and cans but I am getting embarassed like hell digging into trash cand and recycle bins. I am really pissed.

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      Etho 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      this is a great hub. some great advice

      thannks, now just to find a job :)

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      joshua collins 8 years ago

      I don't no how to get a job.At this time pess help me out

      if you get a job that needdoing pess till me.

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      stephanie 8 years ago

      17 year olds should get a job because you get your own money and do your own thing.Also its a responsible thing to do.

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      ricardo  8 years ago

      i think is hard to get a job in houston for a 17 year oldbet i'll keep looking.

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      Jobs for teenagers 8 years ago

      I wonder whether 17 year olds teenagers are still willing to fill in online survey.

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      alwaysabridesmaid 8 years ago

      Great info..


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      Noelle 8 years ago

      jobs for teens are nearly impossible in my city. the 3 largest companies have laid of a ton of workers, so not only are we competing with college students, but now we're up against Boeing, Starbucks, & Microsoft ex-employees. =(

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      blueraven6 8 years ago

      Why oh why don't people consider the life of a private contractor "A Real Job?"

      Culturally, we need to rethink this definition.

      This blog was very well done! Terrific insights.

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      Paige 8 years ago

      jobs these days are to hard to trying to help my boyfriend find one..but there is barely anything.:(

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      Rhymeyjohn 8 years ago

      I'll try some of the ideas you put foward.I'll be happy it works for me

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      Stephanie 8 years ago

      I wanna get a job I don't really want to go to college

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      Erick Smart 8 years ago

      Right now the traditional teen jobs do not seem to be there. But many are being resourceful and coming up with their own.

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      Jay 8 years ago

      Im 17 years old and have been looking for a job for a while now. I actually graduated when i was 16 back in July of 2008 and here I am now almost a year later and no luck. Its actually hard to find a good, decent job. Even though im finished with school and can work any hours I continue to have no luck. I would really love to have a job and start being more independent.

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      llanishen 8 years ago

      17 year olds should be studying not looking for a job.

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      Uriel 8 years ago from Lebanon

      well this is a very good hub....i found a job this summer teaching a couple of young kids english as a secong anguage (grade 3 and 4)...and i might even work at a store or something...Jobs raise responsibility :D

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      It's hard for anyone to find jobs. So many around us cannot because older adults are claiming them. Many are mowing lawns.

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      My daughter's boyfriend has had no luck so he is going the route of creating his own work. So far it is ok. He is getting mostly rural work helping farmers with hay but they pay too.

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Sound advice.