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Puerto Rico Economic Information: Summary of Career Opportunities

Thinking about moving to Puerto Rico? Already a resident and looking for a job? Puerto Rico's economy offers many exciting opportunities in such fields as healthcare, construction and retail. Read on for more about economic opportunities in this U.S. Commonwealth.

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Job Opportunities in Puerto Rico

Although Puerto Rico is perhaps best known as a Caribbean tourism hub, there are many career opportunities available here outside of the hospitality industry. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that the following occupations are among those expected to have the most job openings in this Commonwealth between 2012 and 2022:

  • Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  • Cashiers
  • Waiters and Waitresses
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Hand Laborers, Freight, Stock and Material Movers
  • General Office Clerks
  • Janitors and Cleaners, except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Security Guards
  • Home Health Aides
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, except Legal, Medical and Executive
  • Childcare Workers
  • Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • First Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Construction Laborers
  • Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  • Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education

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Fastest-Growing Careers in Puerto Rico

Interested in working in a growing industry? The DOL also tracks the fastest-growing occupations in Puerto Rico based on expected increases in job openings between 2012 and 2022. Some of the top occupations are as follows:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Home Health Aides
  • School or Special Client Bus Drivers
  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Skincare Specialists
  • Optometrists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
  • Marketing Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Pharmacy Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Medical Equipment Repairers
  • Concierges
  • Pharmacists

Highest-Paying Careers in Puerto Rico

If you'd like to maximize your salary potential while you work in Puerto Rico, consider pursuing one of the top 20 highest-paying occupations in the Commonwealth, as reported by the DOL:

  • Surgeons
  • Psychiatrists
  • Education Administrators, All Other
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Chief Executives
  • Natural Science Managers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Industrial Production managers
  • Judges, Magistrate Judges and Magistrates
  • Pharmacists
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Atmospheric and Space Scientists
  • Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  • Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators and Hearing Officers
  • Postsecondary Physics Teachers
  • Airline Pilots, Co-Pilots and Flight Engineers
  • Sales Engineers
  • Health and Safety Engineers, except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
  • Electronics Engineers, except Computer
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