Yes. It is mandatory that you wait till you are 17. It is also mandatory that you have, not just a job, but a job that will allow you to pay EVERY PENNY of your own rent, utilities, food, clothing, medical care, transportation, insurance, school fees and supplies, staples, and all the rest of the everyday costs of life. A minimum wage job flipping burgers is not going to cut it. Oh, and did I mention that while you're working this job that pays all your own expenses, you also have to still be in school and getting better than average grades?