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Working in American Samoa

Currently, American Samoa has an employment rate of approximately 30%, meaning that a foreigner might have some troubles finding a job in this nation. In addition, the nation also heavily relies on financial provided by the USA, which translates into the fact that Samoa does not have a particularly strong economy. Nonetheless, there still are a few options for those wishing to enjoy the laidback lifestyle of an island nation.

The most prolific industry in the country is tuna canning, which is also the economic sector with most job opportunities. If you’re interested in working in this field, be on the lookout for managing positions, as these tend to be better paid. Even if the salaries might seem lower than what you may receive back home, it helps to take into account that the cost of living in American Samoa also tends to be lower than in Western societies, for example.

Teachers with the proper credentials and certifications might have an easier time landing a job in American Samoa. There are numerous teaching institutions looking for people who can teach the locals English, although you can also teach other school subjects. Health care professionals and lawyers are also more likely to find a well-paying job. In addition, foreigners who can provide the island nation with a set of skills that is unique are appreciated and have higher chances of getting employed.

Most foreigners wishing to work in American Samoa will be required to obtain a work permit. Once you have made an agreement with an American Samoan employer, he or she will be able to help you with the process. 


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