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Boston has a diverse economy accompanied by an educated workforce, which has attracted many top companies to the city. Newcomers who are working in Boston and want to be successful here must continuously upskill to stay ahead of the competition.
Job market in Boston
Boston is a centre of education in the US, and its universities and colleges are significant contributors to Boston's economy. For foreigners qualified in education, Boston offers an attractive job market. These educational facilities have also put the city at the forefront of technology development, attracting major players in the technology industry to the city.
Top employers in Boston include the biotechnology industry, higher education, healthcare (including research), and the finance and technology industries. Tourism and hospitality are significant sectors, while law enforcement and federal agencies are also major employers in the city.
Although they should expect competition to be fierce, new arrivals with the relevant experience and qualifications in these fields will likely find opportunities.
Finding a job in Boston
For new arrivals looking to work in Boston, there are numerous online job portal sites and recruitment agencies to help with the process. As mentioned, the city's job market is highly educated and competitive, and many of the top employers seek candidates who stand out from their peers.
Newcomers wanting to work in Boston should ensure that they have a relevant work permit for the USA.
Work culture in Boston
The job market in Boston centres largely on skilled jobs requiring specialist knowledge. Salaries are generally higher than the national average, although Boston also has a high cost of living.
Boston very much falls in the work-hard-play-hard category, and most employers reward their staff with substantial benefits and leave days. Boston employers also invest heavily in the continued education and training of their employees, which tends to limit staff turnover and promote a healthy corporate culture. Talented and hard-working newcomers will stand out and can rise through the ranks.
►Learn more about the city's high cost of living in Cost of Living in Boston
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