Ankara offers numerous career opportunities for expatriates in various sectors. Find out more in this article.
Ankara, Turkey's capital city, is the country’s biggest city after Istanbul, its population amounting to over 4.3 million inhabitants. Ankara is found in the Anatolia region, and is the capital city of the province bearing the same name. Ankara is known to be an important industrial and commercial hub, hosting Turkish government headquarters as well as foreign embassies.
Despite its ancient look, Ankara attracts young professionals from around the world due to the various opportunities it offers at different level. In fact, finding a job there should be quite easy if you are planning to settle there. However, you are advised to take the time to inquire on the local labor market's needs beforehand.
Ankara's economy is mainly on the service sector and on administration which are the main job creators. Trade and industry are also very important economic factors. In fact, Ankara is world famous for the production of mohair which is a variety of wool made from goat fur. Mohair is exported to Europe, as well as to other countries.
Ankara is also well known for its vineyards and wine production, as well as for agriculture, including the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, honey production and cattle breeding.
Moreover, this city hosts Turkey's largest industrial park, that is the OSTIM industrial zone which has not only state-owned and private companies, but also aviation firms, industries, weapon manufacturing factories, automotive manufacturers such as the German truck manufacturer MAN SE, Vicat, as well as many multinationals.
Find a job
Most Ankara citizens work in the public sector or in state-owned organizations, in sub-secretariats and other public bodies operating under the aegis of the Turkish government. Services and trade are also important job generators, both for local and foreign nationals. Note that jobs are also available to foreigners in foreign embassies and consulates in Ankara.
You can check out job offers in Ankara in classified ads in local newspapers and on the Internet. If you are already on the spot, you can as well register with a recruitment agency. If you wish to apply for a job in government bodies and embassies, visit their respective websites.