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Looking for a summer position?

For many, summer is less about lounging by the pool and more about picking up a part-time gig. This year, there are plenty of employment opportunities for those on the hunt.

Certain fields are summer staples. For example, as travel picks up in the summer months, so do the opportunities in the hospitality industry, according to a CareerCast report on summer hiring based on data from the BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, or JOLTS.

Others are emerging thanks to a rebound in the housing industry that has boosted the number of opportunities in maintenance and upkeep, both on the interior and exterior of homes.

As first jobs or side jobs, all of these positions are currently available and most do not require formal education, but in return, the median wages per hour are comparatively low.

"There are very few summer jobs that pay very much," said Anthony Carnevale, the director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, "but they do provide employability skills: Show up on time, dress right, act right, be a team player."

"If you need to work, and most people do, the minimal value of these jobs is that they get you some money. The real benefit is that those kinds of experiences encourage conscientiousness," he added.

Click ahead for CareerCast's top eight summer jobs.

— By CNBC's Jessica Dickler
Posted 23 June 2016

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