Part-time job rates for high school students decrease as course loads increase

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The front entrance of Williamston High School

Spartan Newsroom Reporters Sean Gardner, Rachel Hitchcock, Chiehyi Tsui and Allison Smith examined the impact and prevalence of working a part-time job while in high school.

Video Credit: Sean Gardner and Chiehyi Tsui

Students are less likely to work a part-time job today as opposed to a few decades ago for a number of reasons.

A higher rate of high school and college attendance is the biggest contributor. Substantial course loads require more time set aside for schoolwork, but rising college tuition rates lead many students to work to save up in preparation for the costs. Other students work to pay for everyday expenses like gas and food.

Data collection showing reasons for lower part-time job rates for high school students. Credit: Rachel Hitchcock

McDonald’s in Williamston, a popular place of employment for high school students. Credit:Allison Smith

Target, another popular place of employment for high school students Credit: Allison Smith


While part-time job rates decrease, working is still an integral part in many high school student’s lives. 


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