Posted on 28-07-08, under Teen Job Finder.
In the United States, the Federal Department of Labor does not allow kids under the age of 14 to work as employees (except in very rare cases – like actors). The Department of Labor also puts restrictions on what kinds of jobs workers who are 14 and 15 years of age are allowed to have. If you are 14 or 15 it is illegal for any company (even those using teen job finder services) to hire you to work in any of the following jobs:
> processing manufactured goods
> processing mined resources
> operating or tending a hoisting apparatus (crane, forklift, or any tool or machine that lifts things or people)
> operating power-driven machinery other than office machines
> operating motor vehicles
> serving as a helper on any motor vehicles
> serving as a public messenger
And you’ve got to be at least 18 years old to work in:
> transportation of people or property by rail, highway, air, water, pipeline, or other means
> warehousing and storage
> communications and public utilities
> construction (including demolition and repair)
*** 16 and 17 year old teens can work for companies that do these last 4 as long as they are restricted to office work, ticket sales, ticket taking, or other inside sales type work.
This is all for your protection. I’ve personally worked in several of these types of jobs and they are dangerous and just plain hard.
If you find a company using a Teen Job Finder site to recruit for one of these types of jobs you should report the job listing to the webmaster; and you should definitely not apply for it.
America has come a long way since the days when young children worked 14 hour days in dangerous jobs with abusive bosses for pennies per day. Most employers are decent and will look out for your well-being. But there are still companies out there that will try to get away with using you to do something difficult and dangerous for a low wage. Having read this, you now know more than most of the bosses you will ever have.
So just be cautious, be on the lookout while surfing the teen job finder sites, and enjoy a nice safe job while you’re young. There will be plenty of time to get your pinky-toe blown off by a nail-gun when you’re older.