4 Professions You Can Pursue when Moving Abroad

4 Professions You Can Pursue when Moving Abroad

Twenty-seven million foreign-born persons worked in the U.S. labor force in 2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows. Here are four professions where it’s easier to pursue a job when moving abroad, along with some information about which countries have high demand for jobs in these areas.

Software Developers and Engineers

With business increasingly dependent on technology, the market for software developers and engineers is thriving in the United States as well as abroad. In the U.S., the market for software developers will grow 17 percent over the period between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects, with a median pay of $102,280 per year in 2016. Outside the U.S., the best countries for English-speaking software developers, engineers and data scientists include Switzerland, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore and the U.K., according to HackerEarth, which provides a more detailed breakdown of which software languages are in demand in different countries.

If you’re looking to get a software developer job in the U.S., you’ll want to become familiar with the immigration process and green card terms, which you can learn about on SimpleCitizen. Turkish-born software engineer Volkan Yazici, who works in the Netherlands, provides some tips for seeking jobs in other countries in the software industry.

Digital Marketers

The rise of e-commerce has made digital marketing another in-demand job around the world, says Airlink Marketing founder Arianna O’Dell. A digital marketing manager in the U.S. currently earns an average salary of $68,234, with some positions going as high as $97,000, according to the latest estimates from Glassdoor. Outside the U.S., the countries with the highest salaries for digital marketing specialists are led by Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Austria, Italy, Singapore and Spain, Market Motive research has found.

Graphic Designers

With the large need for graphics for websites, apps and brick-and-mortar companies, graphic design is another field where it’s easy to find a job no matter where you are. The U.S. market for graphic designers is stable, with 1 percent growth projected from 2014 to 2024 and a median pay of $47,640 in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Â

Around the world, Business Insider identifies 16 cities which are centers for graphic design, selected from 69 recognized by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which is composed of cities where creativity is a strategic factor in sustainable urban development. Leading cities include Beijing in China, Berlin in Germany, Bilbao in Spain, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Curitiba in Brazil and Dundee in Scotland.

English Teachers

If you’re a native English speaker, teaching English can be another way to land a job. Within the United States, the demand for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is growing at 7 percent a year, with a median salary in 2016 of $44,357, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Abroad, China has the highest demand for English teachers, with Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Poland, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Colombia, Nicaragua and Vietnam representing other major markets, according to the International TEFL Academy. You will be a more competitive candidate if you have certification such as TEFL, TESL, TEFOL or CELTA.


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