If you’re thinking of coming to the United States for work, you may already have a very specific idea of what you want to do. Maybe you’ve been talking to an employer. You have a set of skills that they need and it’s a good fit. 

Or, perhaps you’re on the other side of the equation. You know there are jobs to be had in America that you can’t find in your home country. You don’t know what you’ll do here, but you want that opportunity and a chance at a better life. 

If that sounds more like where you’re at, take a look at some of the main jobs that immigrants tend to do:

  • Working in agriculture or on farms
  • Working in landscaping 
  • Working in construction
  • Working in the leisure and hospitality industry
  • Working in factories
  • Providing waste management services
  • Providing personal services, like dry cleaning

While these are some of the top industries, it really does vary from person to person. For instance, an immigrant coming to the United States with limited English skills may be more interested in physical labor jobs; an immigrant with an advanced degree and fluent English may wind up working in the medical field or working as a professor. Just as with native-born workers, no two people have exactly the same qualifications, and those qualifications matter far more than where a person is from originally. 

No matter why you’re immigrating to the United States or what type of work you hope to do, make sure you know exactly what legal steps you’ll need to take.