Expats working in Philadelphia will find themselves in the economic centre of Pennsylvania and one of the top ten largest metropolitan economies in the USA. The city is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Comcast, Sunoco and Aramark. Major industries in Philadelphia include education, healthcare, technology, finance, tourism and the services sector.
Job market in Philadelphia
The job market in Philadelphia hasn't recovered from the economic downturn as well as some other US cities have, although it has slowly but steadily decreased unemployment levels. Competition for jobs is high, and while not impossible, finding employment in Philadelphia can be difficult. Despite this, those who can secure work will be glad to know that salaries in Philadelphia are slightly higher than the national average.
The best performing sectors in the city are medicine and education, accounting for almost a third of the jobs in Philadelphia, with a large percentage of private employers coming from those industries. The University of Pennsylvania is the region’s largest employer, with the School District of Philadelphia not far behind. The Comcast Corporation, American Airlines and Allied Barton Security Services also employ significant numbers of workers.
Finding a job in Philadelphia
Expats looking for work in Philadelphia and who have the necessary qualifications would do well to look for jobs in the city's thriving healthcare industry or the education sector.
Expats can make use of online job portals or recruitment agencies to assist with the process of finding a job. Networking and making connections both online and in person can also go a long way to securing work. As is the case when seeking employment elsewhere in the USA, foreign nationals require a visa to work in Philadelphia.
► Learn about transport and driving in the city in Getting Around in Philadelphia
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