Here are the hottest industries for teens to find jobs this summer

Summer is here.

For teenagers, the time off from school could be an opportunity to earn some cash.

The share of teenagers that work in the summer has fallen over the years. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the share of those aged 16 to 19 who worked or looked for a job in July peaked in 1978, at 71.8%.

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If you grew up babysitting younger family members, then this position is perfect for you. Not only is being a nanny one of the most flexible part-time jobs, but you can set your own rate. 

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While the hours for this position may not be as flexible, working as an office assistant or receptionist for a major company is a great way to get your foot in the door. As a receptionist you will be tasked with entry-level responsibilities, which will give you a great advantage when applying to your first full-time job. 

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Possibly one of the most demanding jobs, working as a server in a restaurant comes with just as much stress as reward. The hours may be long, but at some restaurants, wages can be worth it. 

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Similar to working as a nanny, being a tutor is one of the most flexible job opportunities. As a tutor, you can help others in a variety of subjects. This is a great job for a college student because not only will you be helping others, but you will also be strengthening your knowledge in whatever subject you teach. 

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Freelance Work 
Much like serving, being a freelancer can be very rewarding financially. As a freelancer, you can choose which industry you want to work in and begin to gain experience while still in school. 

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Work-Study Job  
If you are a student who meets the qualifications for financial aid, you can apply for your school's work study program. Work study schedules your shifts around your class schedule and the best part is that most jobs are on campus and the money you make can go directly towards paying off your tuition or any other university balances. 

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It's more complicated than just wanting more free time: teens are studying for longer, some choose unpaid internships, and non-white teenagers are less likely to land summer jobs overall.

About 43% of teens were active in the job market last July. Most of them worked in the leisure and hospitality industry, working gigs such as waiting tables and housekeeping.

The table below from the BLS shows the top industries that employed teens in summer 2016: teenager jobsBusiness Insider/Andy Kiersz; data from the BLS

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