2024 summer jobs: Florida cities among best in nation for teen employment

2024 summer jobs: Florida cities among best in nation for teen employment

Florida’s seasonal job opportunities offer options from hospitality and retail to event services and recreation. Image via Shutterstock.

By Mivette Vega

June 20, 2024

The report commends Orlando for its strong youth job market, ranking ninth in this category

Surely many parents don’t want to see their teenagers lying on the couch, looking at their cell phones, and constantly saying that they are bored during summer.

The good news? Summer also represents a great time for getting work experience and earning money for this age group.

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Personal finance website WalletHub recently released its report on the “Best Places to Get a Summer Job in 2024.” The good news for Floridians is that the Sunshine State boasts three cities in the top 10.

According to WalletHub, Orlando, the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” snagged the number five spot nationally. The report commends Orlando for its strong youth job market, ranking ninth in this category. Additionally, the city received high marks for its social environment and affordability, placing 13th for these factors.

Following closely behind Orlando are St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale, securing the seventh and ninth positions on the list, respectively. St. Petersburg, a coastal gem known for its arts scene and vibrant nightlife, offers a unique blend of work and entertainment opportunities.

Fort Lauderdale, often dubbed the “Venice of America,” is another beachside haven, attracting tourists and seasonal workers alike.

Columbia, MD, Scottsdale, AZ, Rapid City, SD, and Portland ME, obtained positions from 1 to 4 respectively.

WalletHub compared 182 cities, including the 150 most populated US cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state, across two key dimensions, “Youth Job Market” and “Social Environment & Affordability.”

These categories considered the number of job openings for recent graduates, hourly wages, and projected job growth for summer jobs, among other factors.

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Florida’s seasonal job opportunities offer options from hospitality and retail to event services and recreation.

Experts recommend that young adults take proactive steps to secure their ideal position. Some of them are: Start your search early, target your search, polish your resume and cover letter, and be prepared to interview.

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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