Non-IT Sectors Which Are Powered By Immigrants 

There are a number of schools of thought when it comes to immigrants who work here in the US. The first is that they are the driving force behind IT, the second is that they are all CEOs and leaders and another opinion we hear is that they are propping up the economy working in the jobs which Americans don’t want to. In actuality all of these opinions are both true and false, in saying that they all have a little bit of both loaded inside them. 

Let’s take a look then at which sectors are immigrant heavy, and understand a little more about what immigrants are doing when they get here. 

Basic Facts About Foreign Born Workers

Let’s start by looking at some basic facts about workers in the US who were foreign born. In terms of legal migrants there are currently over 40 million in the workforce who were born in another nation. It is estimated that there are just over 10.5 million undocumented migrants here, but for the purpose of the article we will leave this section out. 

In terms of the top countries of birth of migrants working here, they are Mexico (25%), China (6%) and India (6%). Interestingly there were $178 billion in remittances sent back by migrants workers in 2019, using the likes of the Ria Money Transfer app for international transfers. More recent figures skew the picture given the pandemic. 

Sectors Which Are Propped Up By Immigrants

In reality there are few industries out there which you could consider as being powered or propped up by immigrants, but that doesn’t make their role any less important. We know that immigrants for example are more likely to start business, but this could happen in just about any sector. Immigrants represent around 11% of Fortune 500 CEOs, quite impressive considering migrant adults make up just 9% of the US population. 

The top industries in which immigrants work are private households, which is represented at 45% by immigrants; textile and manufacturing which has 36% of the workforce who were foreign-born and agriculture which has some 33% of foreign-born workers. As you can see, immigrants are absolutely critical to these sectors, but they propel them forward no more or less than US-born nationals. 

What is fascinating about these figures however is to look at the percentage of the population which we have just mentioned that is foreign-born, and then looking at how large a percentage they make up of these sectors. 

Undeniable Importance

There is however absolutely no denying just how critical our immigrant workforce is to the growth and the operations of the country. Currently these men and women make up 12.1% of the total labor force in the nation and this is only set to grow in coming years. 

These immigrants don’t technically propel sectors, but they most certainly power the nation in a way which we couldn’t do without.