Tourism, skiing, pasture and hydroelectricity are the main industries of the Alps.
In the flatter upland tracts of the Alps, many people own animals which graze on pasture. This serves as their main source of livelihood. They engage in dairy production and raising livestock.
The zone above the timberline serves as a site for recreation where many tourists love to explore.
Today, the Alps are the favorite destination of many ski enthusiasts.
The Alps is also known for the production of hydroelectric power and extraction of salt and iron ore.