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Excerpted from the Brazil Career Guide

General Trends

The Federal Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America. With its population of more than 202 million inhabitants, Brazil is also the most populous. It is the home of the world’s sixth-largest workforce of 107.3 million. But make no mistake: Brazil remains a developing country.

More than 25 percent of Brazilians live at or near poverty. They lack access to clean water, sanitation and mail delivery, according to the UN and World Bank. The country’s power and transportation infrastructures are unable to meet current demand.

The economy outweighs that of all other South American countries and is now ranked eighth in the world.

Areas of Job Promise

Oil and gas, agriculture and infrastructure are the engines of future growth and will continue to be job creators.

Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Organizing Committee for the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games plans to employ 4,000 people by 2016.


Many companies, especially multinational corporations (MNCs), pay their employees higher wages than those paid by local companies. MNCs also often pay their employees bonuses and offer additional benefits as well.

Talented managers and sales professionals are hard to find and to keep, but these employees are no longer experiencing the explosive salary growth of the recent past. Salaries are likely to keep pace with inflation, though.

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Brazil Guide.

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