Summer Jobs Survey: Most Have Had Seasonal Jobs in the Past

It’s the time of year when many Americans begin looking for seasonal employment for the summer months. Whether they’re students, teachers, or just looking to make some extra money while working outdoors for a few months, summer jobs have been popular for years. How many Americans are looking for summer jobs this year? And how many have done so in the past?

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Job Seekers

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 8% of respondents said that they’ve already found a summer job for this year. 13% said they definitely plan to look for one. And 14% said that they might be interested in looking for a summer job this year. Traditionally, students are one of the most likely groups to look for summer employment. 26% of students said they’ve already found a summer job, and another 40% may look for them this year.

Job Types

Of those who have found or are looking for summer employment, the most popular type of job was retail, with 39% saying they were seeking jobs in that industry. 38% said they are seeking office or clerical work for the summer. 26% are looking for food service jobs. 17% said they are looking for outdoor work such as summer camp work, landscaping, and construction. 29% said they are seeking other types of summer jobs, or aren’t particular about employment opportunities.

Summer Jobs

In general, 36% of respondents said that they have worked summer jobs many times in the past. 26% said they have worked a summer job at least once. And 38% said they have never worked a summer job. Of those looking for summer jobs this year, 40% have worked at them many times in the past, and 35% have done so at least once. Even high salary workers have had plenty of summer jobs; 45% of those with a household income of at least $100,000 per year said they have worked at many summer jobs, and 30% have done so at least once.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 13 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.