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What jobs do immigrants hold?

Immigrants often come to the United States for employment opportunities. As such, it can be interesting to look at what jobs they tend to hold. In some cases, the type of visa that is sought depends on the type of work that the individual plans to do.

While the numbers naturally change every year, as the workforce population shifts, one study found that 23 percent of immigrants worked in professional and managerial occupations. This could include running an office, for example, and directing other workers.

That was the highest percentage at the time of the study. After that, it was found that sales jobs, technical jobs and administrative support positions were held by 21 percent of immigrants. The same percentage was then found for service occupations.

Immigrants also worked as fabricators and operators -- a wide category that includes many types of positions -- but this only accounted for 18 percent of the total, making it the smallest of the four major categories.

The study did find that the work immigrants were likely to do was, in some cases, tied to their country of origin. For example, when looking at those from Mexico and Central America, more than 50 percent were fabricators, operators, service workers or laborers. They were more likely to work in construction and manufacturing than in other industries.

If you're interested in coming to the United States to work, it's important to consider the work you're qualified to do and the career path you'd like to follow. As noted, this can have an impact on the type of visa you apply for and whether or not it will be granted.

Source: Migration Policy, "What Kind of Work Do Immigrants Do? Occupation and Industry of Foreign-Born Workers in the United States," Elizabeth Grieco, accessed Feb. 03, 2017

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