Getting a summer job can help a 15-year-old learn responsibility and earn some spending money at the same time while home on school break. While teenagers traditionally need to be 16 years old to work in most positions in order to comply with the United States Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act, some opportunities are available for teens who are 15. Teenagers may need a work permit and their parents' permission in order to gain lawful employment, and some states have stricter requirements than the federal government's regulations.
The Missouri Division of Labor Standards lists private housekeeping and janitorial services as an acceptable job for 15-year-olds. Teens can clean the homes of family and friends for payment. Two friends might team up together to divide up cleaning duties.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, a 15-year-old can perform nonhazardous work on any farm during the summer. She cannot work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, and she cannot work before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m. Local farms may need help picking crops, planting seeds for future growing seasons or sorting crops for deliveries.
Babysitting is a flexible form of teenage employment, allowing a 15-year-old a taste of entrepreneurship and the ability to set his own hours. Sitting duties may range from being a mother's helper, where the sitter entertains his charges while the parent is elsewhere in the house, to all-day or even overnight sitting while the parents are away. The Red Cross and many local organisations offer babysitting classes geared towards teenagers.
Easily combined with a babysitting service, pet sitting can involve taking nearby dogs for daily walks or stopping in to the feed the cats and take in the mail when a neighbour is on vacation. A teen can choose to specialise in a particular animal, such as cats, or offer a range of pet-sitting services.
Technology is second nature to most teenagers today, but that's not the case for many older adults who need to catch up on their tech skills to remain competitive at work and hip with their kids. Teens can help teach others how to search the Web, set up Twitter accounts, download apps on their phones and send e-mail in exchange for an hourly fee.