The so-called Gateway to the Americas, expats working in Miami will find themselves in one of the most important economic centres in the southeastern portion of the United States. Its proximity to Latin America and large migrant population have fostered the city’s regional importance to extend beyond the borders of the USA.
Job market in Miami
The economy in Miami is largely driven by finance, commerce and tourism. Several large corporations have headquarters in the city, while many others have their Latin American operations based here.
It's also the epicentre of Spanish-language entertainment in the USA, with several Spanish-language broadcasters based in the city, as well as the Latin divisions of several music record labels.
Cementing the city’s regional importance, PortMiami and the Miami International Airport are among the busiest ports of entry into the United States, receiving cargo from South America and the Caribbean.
Most of the largest employers in Miami are government and educational organisations such as the Miami-Dade Public Schools District and the University of Miami, although the airline and the cruiseliner industries attract many employees too.
One of the best ways to gain an advantage when looking for a job in Miami is being able to speak Spanish, given its Latino population and the frequency with which companies interact with Central and South American associates.
While growth levels have perhaps not reached the dizzying heights seen before the housing market crash in 2007, the general economy, and construction in particular, have shown encouraging signs of growth.
Most foreigners in the city tend to work as managers as well as in office and service industry jobs. The health, education and social services sectors also continue to employ a fairly large amount of migrants.
Finding a job in Miami
Unfortunately it's still not as easy for expats to find jobs in Miami as it used to be. Salaries tend to be lower than in many other US cities as well. Some of the most popular ways of looking for jobs in Miami include the employment sections of newspapers, local online classifieds, and employment agencies.
The working environment in Miami is as varied as the city itself. The Western corporate culture that dominates in large companies will be familiar to many expats, while other businesses may be more casual.
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