The labor market in the United States is not as open as it used to be in the past due to the economical and financial crisis. Some economic sectors however are still offering many job opportunities like in IT, new technologies, engineering, cooking or hairdressing. The current crisis is nonetheless an impediment to the hiring of low-skilled foreigners. Skills in English should not be underestimated if one wishes to build a career in the U.S.
There is a minimum wage in the United States of about $7 an hour. There is no legal working time per se in the country but 40 hours weekly is the average and employees are generally granted one or two weeks paid holidays per year, sometimes more according to the seniority within a company.
Some employers in the U.S. are offering relatively unattractive wages but sometimes provide their employees with health insurance packages including dental coverage, which is a real opportunity for many employees who cannot necessarily afford to purchase one.
For more information about the labor market in the U.S., salary scales or official statistics, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.