I am under 14

Kids under 14 can gain valuable experience working, but there are limits to what jobs you can do.

What jobs can I do?

If you are under 14 you are only allowed to:

  • deliver newspapers to customers;
  • babysit on a casual basis;
  • work as an actor or performer in movies, TV, radio, or theater;
  • work as a homeworker gathering evergreens and making evergreen wreaths; and
  • work for a business owned entirely by your parents as long as it is not in mining, manufacturing, or any of the 17 hazardous occupations.

There are different rules for children under age 14 working in agriculture. States also have rules, and employers must follow both.

Read more about exemptions from child labor rules.

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