If you're thinking about moving to Peru, one of the biggest questions on your mind is: what job opportunities are there for me in Peru? You can get a clearer picture of the employment landscape by checking out the economy and major industries of Peru, whether they primarily export bananas or supply wire cutters that may affect whether your skills are a good fit for Peru's job market. This article will give you a brief overview of the economy of Peru so you can evaluate your chances of future employment there.


As a middle income country, Peru has a balance of industry fueled by foreign investment and its traditional supportive methods, such as agriculture and fishing. There are several different micro-climates within Peru, making it a good place to grow such diverse crops as artichokes, sugarcane, grapes, mangoes, peppers, cotton, and coffee. Some Peruvian farms are so remote that your cell phone may not even work there. Peru also catches about 10% of the world's fish, with popular catches including sardine, tuna, cod, shellfish, and even giant squid.

Natural Resources

Peru has many natural resources, ranking it in the top five producers for desirable metals and minerals like gold, copper, lead, iron ore, and zinc. Peru also harvests potash (salts), phosphate, coal, natural gas, and timber, which means there are more jobs open in heavy industries like mining and extraction than there is a demand for financiers and such. Much of these harvested resources goes toward exports, but some of it is diverted into Peru's manufacturing industry.


Thanks to its wealth of natural resources and foreign investment in manufacturing infrastructure, Peru has a healthy manufacturing industry churning out everything from food products to textiles. Peru's biggest sectors are textiles, metal machinery, processed food, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals because the raw materials are readily available. Many of these products are exported at an increasing rate to keep the foreign investments coming and high technology is becoming a growth sector of the future due to Peru's increasing prosperity.


You're not the only on who's thinking of living for a while in foreign country. Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and now Peru is added to the list of major tourist destinations in the Western Hemisphere. With such natural wonders as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, and the Amazon River to Peru's name and a relatively safe environment in which to stay, tourism is increasing, leaving opportunities open for hoteliers, restaurateurs, souvenir shop owners, taxi drivers, and tour guides. As an English speaker (or other foreign language speaker), you would be desirable as an employee in the tourism industry. Who knows, even if you work for a company like Braids and Laces Limited - a cordage and rope manufacturing company, rope braiding techniques are pretty universal, so your odds are great that you could find similar work in Peru.

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