International Job Opportunities

Currently, many Americans are trying to find a job abroad. Young people are more interested in temporary jobs; most of them are students, who want to travel to foreign countries, learn more about different cultures, learn another language and earn some money during the summer holidays. On the other hand, some Americans are trying to find permanent employment in foreign countries and leave the United States for good.


Finding a job abroad is quite a challenge. Don’t expect this process to be simple. You will have to be very persistent and patient.

Finding a Job Abroad

Things to Think about

First, you have to decide where you want to work. Learn as much as you can about the country where you want to live and work, and see if your skills are really needed there. What about the cost of living? Are prices too high? Will you be able to pay the rent, bills, food, and still have enough money for entertainment and small pleasures? Is the standard of living high? What about the health care system? Are these services expensive, and are they good? Is the country politically stable? What about the language and culture? Is the country similar to your home country?

When you get the answers to those questions, you will know if that is the country for you. The most important factor to consider is the country’s economy and major industry sectors. Do they need your skills?

If you are an EU citizen, you won’t have any problems with getting a job in any of the EU countries. For American citizens, it is a bit difficult to find a job in Europe. Most EU countries (especially those with high unemployment rates) will rather hire their own citizens. Getting a work permit can be very difficult because nearly all European countries will require you to have a job to get a work permit, but you can’t get a work permit if you don’t have a job.


You can contact some of the U.S. companies that have branches abroad. This is one of the easiest ways to find a job in a foreign country. The company will help you with your documents and other preparations. You will be offered help with the entire relocation process.

Another way to get a job in a foreign country is to volunteer in some of the foreign companies for a while and then try to get a temporary or permanent job.

Talk to other people who already live and work overseas. You can visit some of the expatriate communities on the Internet and read other people’s stories.

The Most Popular Jobs for Americans

Teaching English

This is a popular choice for many US citizens who want to work abroad. In many foreign countries, both public and private schools offer job opportunities for English teachers. Most schools will require you to have an ESL certification and Bachelor’s Degree.

Jobs in the Government

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply for a job at some of the U.S. embassies. The applicants have to pass the Foreign Service Examination first. You can download the application forms from the US State Department website and find more information there.

Working in Oil Rigs

People with skills in this field can look for jobs in any foreign country, but the Middle East is probably the best place to look for this type of work.

Taxation Requirements for U.S. Citizens

If you are a U.S. citizen working in a foreign country, you can get certain concessions on income taxes, depending on how long you have been working abroad. The United States has concluded tax treaties with many countries, in order to avoid double taxation.