20 Good First Time Jobs

20 Good First Time Jobs

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1. Car wash attendant

National average salary: $10.17 per hour Primary duties: Car wash attendants perform cleaning duties on the customers' cars. Similarly to other customer-facing jobs, interacting directly with customers has the potential to develop your interpersonal skills, and customer tips can significantly increase your earnings.

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2. Usher

National average salary: $10.21 per hour Primary duties: Ushers work at sporting and entertainment events, checking tickets, showing people to their assigned seats and assisting customers by answering any venue-related questions.  The role does not typically require a large amount of 

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responsibility and gives you the chance to develop interpersonal skills.

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3. Cashier

National average salary: $10.55 per hour Primary duties: Cashiers usually work in the retail or food service industries to staff a cash register at various points of sale. They will scan all the goods a customer intends to buy, collect the payment and issue a receipt to the paying customer. Aside from gaining customer-facing experience,

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a first job as a cashier also entails handling money, which may be useful throughout your career.

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4. Busser

National average salary: $10.63 per hour Primary duties: A busser is a person who works in a restaurant and completes tasks such as cleaning tables between customers, taking the dirty dishes to the dishwasher and generally assisting the waiting staff. Similarly to a server job, having a first job as a busser can improve your 

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interpersonal skills, while your income can be increased by tips.

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5. Server

National average salary: $11.42 per hour Primary duties: Servers, also called waiters or waitresses, typically work in restaurants or any other type of venue that serves food directly at the guests' table. Working as a server can potentially develop your interpersonal skills, as the job typically requires constant communication with

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customers. It is also usually more lucrative than most first jobs, as your earnings can significantly be increased with the tips that customers give.

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6. Host/hostess

National average salary: $11.55 per hour Primary duties: Hosts and hostesses greet restaurant and event guests, while also directing them to their seat.  They also perform secondary tasks, such as booking reservations, answering phone calls and assisting fellow employees with various tasks. This job can help first-time

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employees learn how to handle a busy environment and how to be better organized.

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7. Barista

National average salary: $11.59 per hour Primary duties: A barista typically works in a coffee shop and is tasked with preparing and serving espresso-based drinks. This job will provide you with skills that are likely to be useful in the future, such as working with money and direct customer interaction.

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8. Lifeguard

National average salary: $11.81 per hour Primary duties: A lifeguard is usually responsible for supervising people immersed in water at water parks, rivers, spas, beaches or any other body of water. Swimming and CPR training are necessary for working as a lifeguard, but you can also train on the job.

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9. Animal shelter employee

National average salary: $11.96 per hour Primary duties: Animal shelter employees take care of animals by cleaning the animals' cages and feeding them. It can be a fulfilling first job for people who enjoy spending time around animals and can potentially offer a good platform for a career in veterinary medicine or animal care.

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10. Catering staff member

National average salary: $13.07 per hour Primary duties: As a catering staff member, you will be working for a catering company and assisting with catering duties for various events. This role has the potential to offer both catering business experience and exposure to new places and people.

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11. Personal assistant

National average salary: $13.10 per hour Primary duties: Personal assistants help individuals perform a wide variety of everyday tasks like answering phones, sending texts or running errands. The exact nature of the work greatly depends on the employer, but most tasks can be performed with no prior experience.

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 It can be a beneficial first job because it teaches you to be organized.

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12. Customer service representative

National average salary: $13.15 per hour Primary duties: The main role of a customer service representative is to interact with potential and existing customers on behalf of a company, typically either over the phone or online. It can be a good platform for many careers, as it improves interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

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13. Lawn care specialist

National average salary: $13.86 per hour Primary duties: Lawn care specialists work either independently or for lawn care companies and provide lawn care services, such as mowing the grass, seeding new areas, applying fertilizer and trimming hedges. It is a good first job for those who enjoy working outside and may provide 

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valuable experience for those who wish to pursue a career in landscaping or botany.

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14. Data entry clerk

National average salary: $14.15 per hour Primary duties: Data entry clerks manually add data to a company's database with a computer. The collected data can come from a number of sources, such as audio recordings, online feedback forms or hand-written documents. A first job as a data entry clerk will probably 

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improve your typing speed and general computer skills.

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15. Mover

National average salary: $14.62 per hour Primary duties: Movers are tasked with helping customers transport various items from homes and offices to other destinations. The work usually implies preparing, loading and unloading the items, while some movers also drive the moving truck. As a mover, you will be getting regular exercise 

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and you can potentially improve your customer-facing skills.

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16. Dog walker

National average salary: $15.23 per hour Primary duties: Dog walkers are tasked with taking clients' dogs on regular walks and ensuring their safety and wellbeing during those walks. The job implies providing one or more dogs with exercise, cleaning up after them, making sure they receive food and water after the walk, as well as 

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notifying the owners of any potential sickness or injury that the dog may have. It is a good first job if you have a passion for dogs.

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17. Babysitter

National average salary: $16.13 per hour Primary duties: Babysitters are hired by a child's parents or legal guardians to temporarily take care of the child. It is typically an appropriate first job for teenagers, as it does not imply many difficult tasks, while also helping them experience workplace responsibility for the first time in a friendly environment.

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18. Food delivery driver

National average salary: $16.81 per hour Primary duties: As a food delivery driver, you will work for a restaurant or food delivery service to take food orders to customers' homes and offices. It can be a helpful first job as it allows you to gain driving and sales experience. It can also provide additional income through tips.

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19. Grocery associate

National average salary: $21.72 per hour Primary duties: Grocery associates work in grocery stores or grocery departments of retail stores. Their main duties are greeting customers, making sure that shelves are stocked, check products for freshness, assist customers and other maintenance tasks. Working as a grocery associate 

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will teach you how a retail business operates. Stores also often hire from within, making this an entry-level job with great advancement potential.

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20. Web designer

National average salary: $21.98 per hour Primary duties: Web designers create the visual aspect of websites. Although the job involves elements of both programming and graphic design, those with an early passion for designing websites can educate themselves with the help of online and offline courses.

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