New York! The big apple. The center of the universe. The modern Rome. But, as a city notorious for high prices and lots of young workers, what is a 17 year old to do? There are lots of great options for you, so don’t worry!
First off, if you are between 14 and 17 years old (find more on job options for 14 year olds ) you need to have your working papers before you can start work. 16 and 17 year olds have a different set of working papers than 14 or 15 year olds do. So, if you fit in that age range read on. It also differs whether you are still actively in school or if you are out of school (in summer). Remember you really should be in school during the day in this age range. Education is far more important for your long term career success than a few extra dollars today.
Working papers for 16-17 year olds who are still in school are printed on green paper. At this age you are allowed to do factory work, where other, younger ages cannot. Your work is still limited in the factory though, and there are strict requirements on what specific jobs and what specific machines you can work on while employed while you are still legally a minor. You also are not eligible yet to be a member of a construction crew.
If you are in this age range but out of school, either for summer or for full-time work as a high school dropout, you form is not green, it is peach. You still have the same limitations as those in school in regards to manual labor or machinery work, you just have the right to work full time.
You can find out a lot more information about getting a job as a teenager in New York City on the NYC Labor department website. If you are 17, make sure to read this list of places you cannot work, as you will have strict limitations, particularly on manual labor jobs, until your next birthday when you turn 18 and official become an ‘adult.’
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