Costa Rica Living - The Job Market

Costa Rica is a great place to live and right now is a great time to contact a local Costa Rica real estate company and find that special home since home prices in Costa Rica are currently at their lowest.

However, not everyone is able to move to Costa Rica because of finances and this article will help you learn more about the job market in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica JobsIn order to work in Costa Rica, the options are fairly limited as the labor laws in Costa Rica clearly state that a foreigner must have one of the following:

Have a work permit - These can be difficult to obtain as a company must sponsor you and before they do that, the law states that the company must be able to prove that they were not able to find a Costa Rican to do the job.

You can find more information about getting a work permit in Costa Rica at,

Be a resident of Costa Rica - This one is self explanatory

Open your own business - The restrictions for opening a business in Costa Rica are not that difficult and a lawyer can make it even easier. Many foreigners choose to go in the real estate business.

Easiest Jobs Available for Foreigners

Many foreigners in Costa Rica who are currently working have usually found one of these outlets:

Call Centers - They are many call centers in Costa Rica that are looking for English speaking employees and usually pay around $3.50 to $5.00 an hour depending on the position. Here are some of the better known call centers:

Sports Gambling - Costa Rica is a haven to many online sports betting software companies and as well as the home to many football handicapping services. Finding a job at an online sportsbook is fairly easy as they often advertise in the local newspapers like, AM Costa Rica, TicoTimes, and LaNacion. In addition, you can even start your own sportsbook pay per head company to make money.

Teach English - This is a favorite amongst students and people wanting to live in Costa Rica for a few months. One of the main requirements is to have a your TEFL certificate but it is not a necessity as some institutions do not require it.

Please keep in mind that yes, it is possible to find a company in Costa Rica that will hire you even if you do not have a working permit or are not a resident of Costa Rica; however, we do not condone these methods as it would be the same as an illegal immigrant working in the United States.

Pamela Sanchez is a Registered Nurse who has recently purchased a home in Costa Rica. She is an avid traveler and moonlights on the side as a freelance writer. You can contact Pamela Sanchez by sending her an email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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