10 Great Summer Job Options for Students

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Whether you’re in high school or college, working through your summer break can relieve the financial burden during the school year. And summer is the perfect time to work, since you don’t have to work around classes and certain jobs are in higher demand. Consider the following summer job options listed below.

Lawn Care

Summertime means green grass and lots of lawns that need to be maintained. If you don’t mind spending time outdoors lawn care is the ideal way to earn extra money. Start going door-to-door or advertising your services on Facebook or Craigslist. Once you pick up a few customers, you can gain more through word of mouth if you do a good job. And if you offer extra services, like weed control or landscaping, your earning potential can increase greatly.


Kids are out for summer, leaving many working parents scrambling to find reliable, affordable babysitters. You can find babysitting gigs online by checking out Craigslist or Care.com. If you plan to babysit, it’s a good idea to get certified in CPR/first aid. Not only will parents be more secure, but you’ll have more peace knowing that you can handle an emergency situation.

House Cleaning

If you’re a meticulous person who likes to keep your home or apartment clean, house cleaning may be a good job options for you. The last thing most people want to do after a long day at work is clean, and they will pay good money to have someone else keep things tidy. As an individual, you’ll have an advantage over cleaning services because you can charge lower prices since you won’t have any costly overhead expenses. Start by putting up fliers in your neighborhood or checking the domestic gigs on Craigslist.

Dog Walking

Love animals? Need a convenient way to get your daily exercise in? Try dog walking! Busy professionals often don’t have time to walk their dogs every day so you’ll have plenty of potential customers, particularly if you live in an urban area. Don’t take on too many at once, or you may find the dogs start walking you!

Tour Guide

If you live in an area that attracts a lot of tourists, summer is a great time to pick up work as a tour guide. You can put in an application at local attractions and search online for jobs in your area. Make sure you apply to places you like so that you can be enthusiastic when showing tourists around.

Life guard

Swimming pools, lakes and beaches get very busy in the summer and lifeguards are in demand. If you’re a great swimmer and certified or willing to become certified as a lifeguard, check in with your local swimming spots to see if any lifeguard positions are open.

Camp Counselor

Did you love summer camp as a kid? Want to share your enthusiasm with future generations? Go back to camp as a counselor! There are many types of summer camps, from science camps to traditional camps, so there should be something that matches your interests and personality. Day camps may also be an options if you don’t want to stay at the camp.


Tutoring jobs are abundant during the summer. Parents of elementary students want to keep their kids on track over the long break, and high school or college students may be studying for standardized tests or taking summer school. Pick your subject and age group, then start searching for jobs online and getting the word out in your community about your services.

Moving Services

People are moving in the summer so they can get in their new houses and apartments before the start of school in the fall. That means moving companies need more help and workers have the potential for overtime pay and good tips. If you’re strong and able to handle hard work, being a mover can pay off big in a short amount of time.


Is photography your passion? Do you have the equipment to take professional pictures? Offering photography services will not only allow you to pursue your passion and build up a portfolio, but also earn you good money during peak wedding season. Not only is summer the time for weddings, but also for senior pictures. If you’ve had experience taking pictures and offer your services for a discount, you’ll attract more clients. Just don’t take on a project that you can’t handle. Start small and work up as your skills improve.

You don’t have to choose just one summer job. You can pick up customers or gigs in several of the areas mentioned above. By working and saving over the summer, you’ll have more financial security and some work history to put on your resume.