Job seekers hoping to launch a career in Latin America can face a daunting scenario. With developed nations’ aid priorities focused on the Middle East and Africa, and an increasing reliance on hiring locals, the competition for entry-level field jobs in the region is intense.
But avenues to employment exist, old and new. Spanish language skills, overseas volunteer experience, and graduate degrees in international relations or political science can still open doors for the connected, persistent and talented. But those with more specialized skills, particularly in business and economics, may be in the best position to join a Latin American development environment that is becoming increasingly businesslike.