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Crossing Guard



Help school children get safely across the street.

Salary Range

$27,630 - $43,960

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

What does a Crossing Guard do?

Getting kids across busy streets before or after school is serious stuff. Cars represent a real danger, especially if a child is young and doesn’t understand the rules of the road. Crossing Guards help kids safely get from one side of the street to the other on their daily trek to and from school.

Crossing Guards are all over—and can work wherever there’s a school. As Crossing Guard, you stand at the street corner near the school, and keep cars away so kids can cross. You do this by waiting until a group of students is ready to cross, and then making your way to the road. You wear a bright yellow and orange reflective vest, wield your “Stop” sign, and whistle to alert cars that they need to stop.

When the coast is clear, you wave kids across the road so they can make their way to school or home. When all the kids have crossed safely, you return to your corner and let the cars go again.

This is a part-time job, and you work only in the morning hours while kids are heading to school, and in the afternoons, when they’re leaving. At the beginning of your shift, while you’re waiting for the kids to arrive, you keep an eye on suspicious looking cars or strangers hanging around the area. You also make sure no one is speeding in the school zone. These extra activities help keep kids and the general area safe.

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