As a teenager, a job can be a source of income and also help you gain more independence and experience. In your first jobs, you’ll likely learn valuable professional skills to build a foundation for your career. There are several jobs for 14-year-olds in a variety of industries. In this article, we list several jobs for teenagers as well as helpful information about employment for teenagers so you can find the position that best suits your interests.

Youths 14-15 years of age: Work may be performed in retail businesses, food service establishments, service stations and offices of other businesses. Work is not permitted in manufacturing, mining, on construction sites, with power-driven machinery, on the premise of a business holding an ABC permit for the on-premises sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, or in hazardous or detrimental occupations.

14 year olds in North Carolina face limits on available work. Occupations that are potentially injurious or dangerous to the health of minors remain inaccessible to young workers. These teens are unable to work during school hours, and must follow the previously outlined regulations. Positions for 14 and 15 year olds include:

Banned Occupations
Jobs that are hazardous to the health and well-being of minors bear a partial or complete ban in North Carolina. The Secretary of Labor establishes guidelines and makes final decisions regarding hazardous occupations. Though limited exemptions may apply in some circumstances, the following occupations typically stand prohibited for minors:

  • Manufacturing or Storing Explosives
  • Coal Mining
  • Logging or Work in Sawmills
  • Jobs Involving Exposure to Radioactive Materials
  • Work with Power-Driven Machinery
  • Work in Meat Packing Plants/Slaughterhouses
  • Roofing
  • Trenching/Excavation
  • Driving a Motor Vehicle
  • Preparing/Selling/Serving Alcoholic Beverages
  • Welding/Torch Cutting
  • Exposure to Quartz or Asbestos
  • Work with Lead
  • Benzene Exposure
  • Canneries/Processing Plants
  • Occupations Involving a Risk of Falling 10 Feet or More
  • Electrical Work/Electrician’s Helper
  • Work in Confined Spaces
  • Jobs Requiring the Use of a Respirator

More employment opportunities
There may be more job opportunities available in your local area. Consider speaking to friends, family, neighbors and local businesses to see if they are looking for any part-time help. More local opportunities may include:

  • Amusement park staff
  • Babysitting
  • Barista
  • Busser
  • Caddy
  • Camp counsellor
  • Cashier
  • Concession worker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog walker
  • Grocery Bagger
  • Host/hostess
  • House painting
  • House sitting
  • Ice cream scooper
  • Landscaping/lawn mower
  • Lifeguard
  • Non-Cooking Food Preparation
  • Office Work
  • Pet sitting
  • Remote babysitter
  • Shelf Stocker
  • Sport Referee
  • Theater usher


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