It depends on you, if you're a bookish type with a high IQ and can type fairly quickly, I'd look for a clerical job. Check out churches for good secretary/ filing work, lots of nice people, good conversation, etc.
If you're well-muscled, or strong, go for furniture moving. Don't settle for less than 10 bucks an hour unless it's full-time furniture delivery where you spend half your time in the truck. Never let someone pay you less than 9, for any furniture moving job, ever. If they cite your lack of experience, they're full of BS, it's furniture moving, not rocket science. Whatever you do, NEVER lift with your back, EVER. If your employer doesn't use a cart to lift the heavy stuff, quit the job.
Welding; welding is awesome, it pays good, it's useful, it even has a future if you're of an entrepenueral leaning. Tips; never ever use a welder without a mask, ever. I know it's easier to just start the weld with no mask, but your eyesight's more important than that. Also; as a welder, your friend is certification; being able to weld specialized material makes you Valuable. Valuable people are well-paid.
Construction; construction sucks, it's bad on the back, you don't get sh!t for pay until you've got a year or two of experience. But after that first year, it's pretty decent. Never try to make a career as a hired construction worker, it doesn't work. Get enough experience that you can handle any situation(at LEAST 2 years), and start a business.
At your age, you need schooling, if you don't have a career planned out, you need to figure one out. Don't pick the highest-paid career, pick the one you like, do a ton of research, go to a temp agency, try stuff out. The best jobs are the ones you can look forward to every morning. Never try to make a career out of a job that ruins your body. Moving furniture isn't a career, concrete work isn't a career, construction isn't either. If you do manual labor, you need to keep two things in mind; work carefully, never use your back to lift, instead use your knees, and shoot for a supervisor position
Answered By: Ting Tang, Tator, & Raven - 11/30/2007