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Working vacation: Summer jobs for youth in projected growth industries

| June 2019

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For many young people, summer vacation means summer jobs. And sometimes, these short-term experiences provide a preview of the working world.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show monthly industry employment by age of worker, as well as which industries are projected to add jobs for all workers over a decade. In July 2018, the selected industries shown in the chart employed many workers ages 16 to 24.

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Industries with the most employed people ages 16 to 24 in July 2018, by number of new jobs, projected 2016–26[1]
Industry Number of new jobs, projected 2016–26[1] Percentage of employed persons ages 16 to 24, July 2018

Healthcare and social assistance

3,998,300 9.7

Professional and business services

2,159,700 9.0

Accommodation and food services

1,120,100 21.9


864,700 5.2


736,400 6.8

Educational services

506,000 4.8

Financial activities

479,800 3.9

Retail trade

412,300 17.9

Other services[2]

352,000 5.1

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

198,900 5.5

[1] Projected new jobs are for all workers, not just those ages 16 to 24.

[2] Includes repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations; and private households.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected new jobs) and Current Population Survey (percentage of employed persons ages 16 to 24).

The healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to add the most jobs among the industries shown in the chart, with nearly 4 million new opportunities expected to arise for all workers over the 2016–26 decade. That’s nearly double the number of new jobs projected for professional and business services, the second-place leader in job growth for industries shown in the chart. Among the occupations expected to add many jobs in these two industries are customer service representatives, home health aides, and landscapers.

Hover over a bar to see the percentage of workers ages 16 to 24 who were employed in that industry. As the data show, about 22 percent of young workers were employed in accommodation and food services in July 2018, the most of any industry. Young people in this industry work in a variety of occupations, including waiters and waitresses, cooks, and food preparation workers.

More data on these industries are available from the BLS Industries at a Glance pages. The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes careers in healthcare, business, and hundreds of other occupations. And the Current Population Survey has additional information on labor force demographics, part-time work, and other related topics.

About the Author

Elka Torpey is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. She can be reached at torpey.elka@bls.gov .

Suggested citation:

Elka Torpey, "Working vacation: Summer jobs for youth in projected growth industries ," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2019.

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