There are numerous employment opportunities for teens in St. Charles County.
Summer is in full swing, and many ambitious 14 year olds want to earn some extra cash before school resumes. Fortunately, there are plenty of jobs for teens in St. Charles County. Labor guidelines and restaurant preferences can change at any time, but as of June 2021, our sources say these local companies are still hiring 14 year olds:
I spoke with multiple teens from St. Charles County who began working at Dairy Queen when they were 14 years old. Some locations prefer to hire workers who are at least 15 or 16 years old, but several young teens have successfully landed jobs at the Dairy Queen off of Bryan Road in O'Fallon.
Fritz's Frozen Custard
Serve tasty treats to guests when you join the Fritz's team. The O'Fallon location hires workers as young as 14, and one of my kids worked there all through high school. Flexible hours are available, and some teens only work a few hours a week.
If you score an interview, make sure your hair is a natural hue - highlights are okay. Fritz's does not allow colorful hair, such as hair that has been dyed green, blue, or hot pink.
Heaven Scent Bakery
An O'Fallon favorite, this beloved bakery hires teens as young as 14, though your chances at landing a position may improve if you are at least 16. My daughter interviewed here a few years ago when she was 14 and came home with a box of complimentary donuts. You can apply online or request an application in person.
The Little Caesars off of Highway K in O'Fallon hires 14 year old workers for cashier positions. I spoke with four current and previous employees, and several of them started at 14. You can request an application at the restaurant or apply online.
The Chick-fil-A locations in St. Charles County no longer hire 14 year olds. However, an employee told me she interviewed for a cashier position right before her 15th birthday and was hired. The company waited until she turned 15 to schedule any shifts for her, but she was able to complete the hiring process at 14.
When I was a McDonald's manager in St. Peters, we hired 14 year olds. However, I have been informed that many McDonald's restaurants in St. Charles County prefer to wait until teens are at least 15 now. However, it doesn't hurt to apply anyway, as this age requirement may change in the future.
Additional opportunities for Missouri teens
After speaking with local residents, I've compiled a list of jobs in the area that may hire 14 year olds. No specific companies are listed, but this may help you get started on your employment search:
- Summer camp counselors
- Waiters and waitresses
- Cleaning crew
- Festival worker
- Farm helpers
If you're 14 years old and want to work, your best bet is to apply at local restaurants. They often hire young teens for customer-focused positions, but you may have to wait until you're 16 to work in the kitchen. Local labor guidelines prevent young teens from operating certain types of equipment, which may include ovens and fryers.
What should I know before I apply for a job in St. Charles County as a 14 year old?
Labor laws vary by age, so you can't necessarily work the same shifts as older employees. Also, you need a work certificate, commonly called a worker's permit, before an employer can officially hire you. You can get a work certificate from your school, even during summer break. If your school is closed, contact the district office and explain that you need a work certificate.
Labor guidelines become more flexible when you turn 16, but there are still some restrictions until you turn 18. Your employer should work with you to make sure local guidelines are followed during each shift. If an employer violates labor laws, such as asking you to work until midnight even though you are only 14, you can file a complaint with the Missouri Division of Labor Standards.
What jobs do you recommend for 14 year olds in Missouri?