Now that most colleges are out for the summer, with high schools ending soon, a lot of teens and 20-somethings will be looking for summer jobs, and there’s some good news for them.
According to a new Careerbuilder report, 41% of employers plan to hire seasonal workers this summer, with 25% saying they’ll pay, on average, $15 an hour, which is twice the federal minimum wage. And what’s even better is that 88% of those hiring expect those summer hires will transition into permanent gigs.
As for where folks will have the best chance at finding a summer job, the survey finds that employers in the Northeast are hiring the most seasonal workers (47%), followed by the West (41%), the South (39%) and the Midwest (37%)
And while you may think of summer jobs as working at the beach, or maybe a fast food joint, when you’re desperate for a summer gig, you’re often willing to take almost anything. Well, the survey asked people to describe some of the more bizarre jobs they’ve had over the summer, and a few of them may surprise you.
Unusual summer jobs include:
Teaching ice skating classes
All-girl valet parking crew
Assembly line worker for loose-leaf binders
Picking pineapples in Hawaii
Scaring seagulls off roofs
Senior citizen softball league umpire