How (and Where) to Find a Summer Job

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Warmer weather and beach vacations aren’t the only reasons to get excited about summer this year. If you’re seeking part-time employment, 19% of hiring managers plan to hire more summer workers this year than they did last year, and average hourly wages are up by 5%, to $11.50 from $10.90, according to online job marketplace Snagajob.

If you’re ready to jump into a summer job, some industries are hotter than others. We checked in with experts for some tips on landing your perfect position and how to determine where your summertime will be the best spent.

Where to Find the Job

Some of the best industries to look for a job this summer include leisure, hospitality and retail, says Snagajob vice president of marketing Jason Hamilton.

“Job-seekers should concentrate their efforts on jobs related to summer tourism and family activities — amusement parks, ballparks, beaches, quick-service restaurants, ice cream stores, camps, malls, retail outlet centers and casual dining,” Hamilton says.

For the most part, jobs in the summer tourism industry tend to be “economy proof,” says Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing for online career network Beyond.com. With that said, health care jobs also have an uptick in the summer months, including home health aides, pharmacy techs and personal trainers.

“People tend to take stock of their health more when the weather gets nicer, especially after a long winter,” Weinlick says.

For younger job-seekers who may be college students or college-bound, Nathan Parcells, co-founder of online job platform InternMatch, recommends looking in the industry in which you’re getting a degree.

“Since more paid internships are being offered each year, students across all education levels and industries can now gain valuable hands-on experience while also being able to make money,” Parcells says.

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