Time was when working in the Dominican Republic translated to working in the export business related to agriculture goods. However now the services sector, and tourism especially has become a vital source of employment in the country. Agriculture still holds an important position especially because the exported agriculture products carry organic certification.
There is no such thing as work permit in the Dominican Republic. A foreign national seeking employment in the Dominican Republic may do so on the basis of a visa or a residency card. Even having a contract with an established company, allows expatriates to work legally in the country.
Since unemployment is high, finding a job in the Dominican Republic can be a struggle. That is why it is recommended that foreigners looking for a job should carry out proper research to get an idea of the actual possibilities available in a given field, before landing in the country. Employers in the Dominican Republic are very flexible and even happy to hire foreign workers. However, unless you find a job in the tourism industry, it is beneficial to have working knowledge of Spanish, as this will give you a wider job range to select from instead of just the limited positions in tourism.
The idea of “expertise” is very stretched in the country hence you may just find yourself working in a field that is at the very outskirts of your profession. So it is important to keep an open mind when it comes to the type of job you are willing to do. If you are thinking of working in a language school, it may be beneficial to get hired before landing in the country, as foreign hires sometimes get higher salaries.