Summer Jobs: Companies Hiring Right Now

Posted on 05/08/2013

Teens looking for summer employment may not have to work very hard to land a job. Fortune reports that the number of companies hiring summer staffers has increased significantly in 2013. The average pay for these jobs is $11.50 an hour, that's up from $10.90 last summer, and is the highest summer wage in six years. Snagajob, a website posting hourly positions, polled hiring managers and found that one in three say it will be "easy" for a teen to find a job this summer-- as long as they know where to look.

Home Depot
The uptick in the housing market and the busy gardening season are two reasons why Home Depot is looking for extra help. The company announced months ago it would add 80,000 seasonal workers for 2013, a 14 percent increase from last year.

Home improvement chain Lowes will also bring in seasonal help, but not quite as many as its competitor Home Depot. Lowes announced plans to bring on an extra 50,000 workers for spring and summer.

Theme Parks
Theme parks also need a lot of extra help to handle the summer rush. Six Flags is advertising dozens of job openings in its career portal. The biggest needs are for people to work in food service, as ride operators and in security. Orlando teens will also want to check out

Yard Maintenance
For teens who like the idea of working on their tans while they're earning money, an outdoor job may suit them well. Check with landscaping and yard maintenance companies like TruGreen, which currently has hundreds of openings in 26 states.

Summer Camp
Summer camps all over the country will be hosting children this summer and they're looking for teens to serve as counselors and staffers. Head to to review some of the listings. For example, Camp Takajo is working to fill more than 100 counselor positions.

Many retailers-- especially those in malls-- are beefing up their employee rosters to handle both the boost in foot traffic during the summer and the increase in vacations that workers will be taking. Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Macy's and American Eagle.

By Alison Storm

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