35+ Best Jobs For 20 Year Olds (Part Time & Full Time)

Are you a 20 year old? Looking for a job? Want some inspiration as it relates to which jobs might suit you. We’ve compiled the best list of jobs for 20-year-olds right here. The first thing you have to look at is whether or not you decided to graduate or go to school. As a 20-year-old, you may have had the ability to attend some university or maybe even graduated. If you graduated, you may want to start looking for jobs that apply to some of your schooling or extracurricular activities.

Lets Assume No University

In today's world, graduating from a university isn’t required for many jobs. The jobs can be somewhat high paying, as well. What more and more employers are looking for is someone who has a lot of experience. Ideally, when you start thinking about a job that might be the best fitting for you, think about the experiences you’ve had in your life. And then think about what you, in particular, seem to be good at that others aren’t.

When people come to me and say, what type of job should I get? I always tell them that what they should be looking for is doing something that comes easily for them, but is harder for others. For example, if you are really great at cooking, why not become a chef? Cooking isn’t incredibly easy, and it's becoming even more valuable on a regular basis. Spend time thinking about yourself and what others have mentioned you seem to be particularly good at. If you are good at working with carpentry, start working in carpentry. I’ve found it’s really that easy. The mistakes are often made when younger age groups who are entering the job market start to challenge themselves too much with categories of work that don’t come naturally.

If You Do Have A Bachelors Degree

If you do have a degree and you are searching for ideas for jobs, maybe you should consider optimizing your job in accordance with what you have a degree in. If you are lacking experience, you can use that degree to your advantage. In particular, using it as a sort of bargaining chip during the interview process to increase your odds of being hired. For example, let's say you went to school for journalism, you could easily get a job as a copy editor. You can apply your journalism major to this job function quite easily. And it may look good for you to have this degree while others may not.

Lets Think About Jobs Are Suitable For 20 Year Olds

I’m going to go ahead and assume no degree from a University. Primarily I’m going to do this so that we can challenge this list to be one that even if you do have a degree, will still be beneficial. I’d say the jobs below then make it optional to have a diploma or not. When thinking about these roles it’s still imperative that you navigate your way through analyzing whether or not it will be a good fit for you. You need to spend the time thinking through your career path as well, making sure that this experience you are trying to garnish is going to lead to something greater. If you don’t have that plan mapped out, then finding temporary work is absolutely okay. But you need to be taking the time to think through what your plan is with regard to your career and at the very least, set some goals for yourself.

35 Best Jobs For 20 Year Olds

  • Gardener
  • Copy Editor
  • Office Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Copy Writer
  • Content Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Marketing Associate
  • Media Planner
  • Bartender
  • Store Sales Associate
  • HVAC Worker
  • Construction Worker
  • Road Maintance Worker
  • City Maintance Worker
  • Fire Department Volunteer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Hair Stylist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Hostess or Server
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Customer Support Specialist
  • Online Support Specialist
  • Pharmacist
  • Therapist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Teachers Aid
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Regional Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Delivery Driver
  • Postal Service Worker

These are just some of the job functions that are obtainable to a 20-year-old. If you are looking for more inspiration as it relates to potential jobs that you could have, start thinking about the categories of work you’d like to be in. In this list, I covered a large selection from construction to the arts.

Think about what line of work you’d like to be in first and then it will become easier to do research regarding what types of entry-level positions are available within them. As with any of these lines of work, there is always the potential to intern as well. Internships will provide you an opportunity to learn about a new line of work and develop a relationship with the employees who are already apart of the company. Often times interns are hired for open positions when they’re high performers.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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