WELCOME TO THE WORKPLACE
A summer job is a good opportunity to learn important life skills and make some spending money. Up to 60 percent of teens had summer jobs in the 1950s through the 1990s, but by 2011 that was down to about 40 percent -- and according to job experts Challenger, Grey & Christmas, that's not changing. Many teens now take summer classes, prepare for tests, and do unpaid extracurricular activities and internships instead. They also face competition from older workers, some of whom took low-paid and part-time positions in the wake of the recession. Even so, there are jobs available for teens who want to work.