Job Ages, Wages & Rules


Kind Of Jobs You Can Do By Age

Here are the Federal Guide Lines from Youth Rules:


 When You Are 13 Or Younger . . .

  • You can deliver newspapers
  • You can work as a baby-sitter
  • You can work as an actor or performer in motion pictures, television, theater or radio
    You can work in a business solely owned or operated by your parents
    You can work on a farm owned or operated by your parents
    (Parents are prohibited from employing their children in manufacturing, mining, or any other occupation declared hazardous, listed below, by the Secretary of Labor)
When You Turn 14 . . .
You Also Can Work In
  • Office
  • Grocery store
  • Retail store
  • Restaurant
  • Movie theater
  • Baseball park
  • Amusement park
  • Gasoline service station
You Generally May Not Work In:
  • Communications or public utilities jobs
  • Construction or repair jobs
  • Driving a motor vehicle or helping a driver
  • Manufacturing and mining occupations
  • Power-driven machinery or hoisting apparatus other than typical office machines
  • Processing occupations
  • Public messenger jobs
  • Transporting of persons or property
  • Workrooms where products are manufactured, mined or processed
  • Warehousing and storage
In addition, you may not work any other job or occupation declared hazardous (listed below) by the Secretary of Labor.

When You Turn 16 . . .

You can work in any job or occupation that has not been declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.