Austin’s Teen Hustle
Launching Your First Job
Published on: April 11, 2024
Young people building a wall wearing jeans, safety glasses and tools
Photo By: Brad Weaver

Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, isn’t just a hub for melodies and murals – it’s also a vibrant city with a booming job market, even for teens. But where do you start your hustle? Here’s a look at some of Austin’s coolest workplaces for young go-getters:


Creative Corner

The Art Garage can unleash your inner artist! Studios like The Art Garage hire teens as assistants, helping with pottery classes, summer camps, and workshops. Surround yourself with creativity while earning and learning.

Austin is renowned for its quirky bookstores and independent shops. These often have openings for customer service roles, where you can interact with interesting people and develop communication skills.


Foodie Fun

Austin loves its ice cream! Teenagers with a smile can find serving jobs at unique ice cream parlors, scooping up tasty treats and interacting with happy customers.

Fast-Paced Eateries and Restaurants like Chick-fil-A or locally owned cafes often hire teens. The fast-paced environment teaches valuable teamwork and communication skills, all while earning a good wage.


Beyond the Usual

Austin Public Library’s E4 Youth Programs offers paid work opportunities for teens aged 14-17. You could be a “Creative Mentor” or “Shadow the Pros,” gaining valuable job experience while contributing to the community.

Remember, the “best” place depends on your interests. Do you love working with kids? Look into summer camp counselor positions. Are you a tech whiz? Retail stores with electronics sections might be a good fit.

The key is to find a workplace that aligns with your passions and helps you develop transferable skills. So, get your resume ready, Austin’s bustling job market awaits your unique talents.