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In need of a summer job? Here are five to try.

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Adelle Engmann

As summer quickly approaches, some students might be planning nothing more than to hang with close friends and family or take a vacation. For others, summertime is an opportunity to find a job.

These five summer jobs include ones traditional and unique for all types of students with varying situations:


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  • Camp counseling is a great way to gain leadership and communication skills that help build resumes. Camp counselors specialize in educating other students of all ages with lessons in creativity, physical activity and self-expression. At summer camps, counselors get to both plan and participate in activities. Popular local camps include Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor and various YMCA programs in the Puget Sound area. These camps specialize in working with kids. The average starting pay for a camp counselor is around $10 an hour. Pay depends on the age range of camp members and how many days the camp is in session. A chance to socialize, build relationships and improve leadership skills: No wonder camp counseling is a fun experience for all ages.
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  • Think vacation and travel plans will interfere with a getting summer job? Not true! Travel bloggers are their own bosses and can set their own schedules. By using social media platforms, or creating a blog with a personal website, travel bloggers document their experiences and broadcast them to audiences via different platforms; the possibilities are endless for these freelance writers. Travel blogging does not have to only happen during the summer but can become a full-time career. According to PayScale, travel bloggers can make up to $24 an hour or more by posting advertisements for businesses and gaining sponsorships.  If summer plans include travel, consider blogging about the trip to earn income.


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  • Who says continuing education during summer is wrong?  If traveling for the summer is out of the question, try tutoring. Becoming a tutor for students struggling in subjects like math, science and English can help replenish memory in preparation for the upcoming school year. It is also a great opportunity to build social skills and strengthen abilities in the subject area taught. Tutors work in tutoring centers, online, or one-on-one with students in their own home. Freelance tutors set their own pay rate and conditions of employment. The pay rate for tutors varies tremendously; starting pay is anywhere from $10 per hour to $17-20 per hour for some online tutoring services.


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  • A traditional summer job typically acquired by college students is pet or babysitting. Ask a local family member, neighbor or friend who needs assistance with taking care of their children or pets to watch them for a while each day. This is great for people who love pets and children. Sitting helps with practicing patience and gaining responsibility in taking care of others. Pay Scale estimates nannies make almost $15 per hour, while pet sitters make around $13. Websites like and specialize in sitting services.


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  • During the summer, amusement and water parks become destinations for families. These tourist destinations are busiest during summer and often hire seasonal workers to help. Wild Waves is a popular theme park in Federal Way that hires people seasonally to work around the park in everything from concessions to lifeguarding. Wild Waves is both an amusement and waterpark. Seasonal workers earn around $9-13 an hour. To learn about open job opportunities, visit


Summer is a great time to invest, learn and socialize. Use this summer as an opportunity to experience new things and create some income for the future!

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Adelle Engmann

In need of a summer job? Here are five to try.

by Adelle Engmann time to read: 3 min