Puerto Rico is a popular retirement destination for expats, especially US citizens, for its easy accessibility and incredible scenery. For those interested in working in Puerto Rico, the two most common sectors are manufacturing and tourism.
Job market in Puerto Rico
The manufacturing sector makes up close to half of the annual GDP of Puerto Rico, with pharmaceuticals, textiles and electronics being the major industries in this sector. Tourism also contributes a large percentage to the island's GDP along with other service-based sectors such as finance and insurance.
Teaching English is also fairly common for expats, and as salaries are paid in US Dollars, this can be advantageous for expats coming from countries with weaker currencies.
Finding a job in Puerto Rico
The internet is a valuable resource for expats looking to work in Puerto Rico. Alternatively, going through an agency might be more reliable. Word of mouth and networking can also be valuable resources for those already within the country. US expats will not need a visa to work on the island, whereas citizens from other nations will need work and residency permits to take up employment and live in Puerto Rico.
►For information about the island's work culture, read Doing Business in Puerto Rico
"Finding work can be challenging if you don’t speak Spanish. But many volunteer opportunities exist that can be rewarding."
Read more of American expat Lynn's experiences in her EA interview.
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