6 Excellent Ice Cream Jobs

What’s better on a hot summer day than a visit to your local ice cream shop? What if you could parlay your love of ice cream into a job or even a career?

It’s great to love what you do, …

6 Ways Summer Jobs Prepare You for a Career

When I was 17, I spent the summer before college dishing out frozen happiness at Freckles Frozen Custard in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The store was a drive-thru and counter-only type that drew lines on sweaty Saturday nights, but little action during …

Are Summer Jobs Still a Thing?

It used to be that a summer job was a teenage rite of passage. Slinging ice cream, tearing tickets at the movies, and working a grocery store checkout were all gigs that were easy to get for a few months’ …

5 Seasonal Jobs You Can Do Remotely

Ah, you’re living the dream: working in the summertime, but you get the benefit of picking your office. Instead of being tethered to a dreary desk, pick one of these temporary (i.e., “seasonal”) summer jobs that have the added benefit …

The 4 Best Cities for Summer Jobs

Whether you're a student or a full-time worker, you probably look forward to summer. Some folks plan a nice long vacation for themselves during these months, which certainly helps. Students get a break, too – at least from school. But, many students want to work during the summer, and they often have some flexibility in terms of where they live during this time. Some areas are much better than others for securing summer employment. So, it makes sense to do a bit of research before deciding where to land for the summer of 2016.

More Summer Jobs for Teens, But Do They Want Them?

The impact of the Great Recession was far-reaching. Although the economy has started to improve in recent years, things aren't the way they used to be. This is true for teens as well as adults. The teen labor force is a complicated matter, with a lot of different factors contributing to the current summer employment reality. Let's take a closer look at a few facts pertaining to summer jobs for teens in 2015.

Do Teachers Really Get Summers Off?

Summer break has rolled in for most school districts by now, and students around the country are celebrating. Teachers too, no doubt. After a long year, they deserve to take a beat and get some rest before gearing up for a new crop of students in the fall. But, do teachers really get summers off? The answer may surprise you. Here are some things to keep in mind about teachers and summer vacation.

The Stats on Summer Work Schedules [infographic]

Summertime isn't all about fun and play, it can also bring about new work opportunities. The infographic below from When I Work notes that 29 percent of employers plan to hire summer employees. It also seems that summertime is tends to be the season when employers start looking to fill permanent positions, since 67 percent of employers said they would consider keeping summer hires on for permanent positions.

Summer Seasonal Jobs: Students Getting a Summer Job?

In the ancient days known as B.C. (before cable TV), summer for teens meant (1) getting out of school and (2) students getting a summer job, at least part-time. But these days, as the Christian Science Monitor recently reported, summer seasonal jobs are turning very competitive. The article says that "summer jobs for teenagers" market never recovered from the recession of 2001, and in 2007 there is more competition from older workers for entry-level employment for summer months.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has tracked the youth labor market (16-19-year-olds) since 1948. The BOLS says that teen employment for summer months has traditionally been above 50 percent, but starting in 1998, the numbers began dropping. Professor Andrew Sum Andrew Sum, an economist and head of Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies, forecasted (in April) that only 36.5 percent of teens will have employment for summer months; down from 45.3 percent in 2000.

My son entered the labor market this summer. He had to do a lot of digging to come up with a part-time bagger job at the local supermarket. By the time I was his age, I had worked mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, cooking fast food, and washing dishes at Deerfield Academy (I didn't go there; I was a townie who served the rich kids).

Are my son and other teens today just slackers, or are there other factors at work in the hunt for summer seasonal jobs?

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