Careers for Expatriates

Nov 11

nurseWith hundreds of thousands of Europeans moving to the U.S. every year, it appears there are great prospects for starting a new life there. Those who are new to the U.S. and those who want to work there need to overcome some logistical difficulties before they make their mark. There is a variety of options for expatriates wanting to find jobs and visas in the U.S.

Finding a Job Before Moving to the U.S.

Working visas in the U.S. do not come easy. In fact, most people have to have a job that relocates them there or hold an offer of employment within the country. The visa associated with those falling into this category is the H1-B, which applies to skilled individuals working for a U.S. employer.

One of the easiest ways to find work in the U.S. is to work for a large international company that has the potential to relocate you there. Ultimately, this often means starting out within that company in your own country. However, as time goes on, there is potential to move to a department in another company.

There are ways of enhancing your prospects during this process. While English is the primary language in the U.S., Spanish is a big asset. However, making sure you speak fluent English gives you your strongest chances of moving there with a job offer in hand.

Careers That You Can Transfer to the U.S. Easily

There are certain careers that are difficult to transfer to the U.S. Take healthcare, for example; while European medical schools are on a par with U.S. ones, many states require doctors from other countries to take additional exams before they can practice. This applies to other fields, such as accounting and law, as they too come under different laws and practices in America.

Other careers, however, appear to not have many international boundaries. This can include academia at a variety of levels, architecture, and specialist consultant positions. Engineering is in demand globally, which means engineers stand a strong chance of finding work in the U.S.

Each state has a list of occupations that are in demand. While this varies from place-to-place, U.S. News believes there are seven that are particularly lucrative. These are:

  • Registered nurses (but bear in mind, there may be a need to take more exams)
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Web developers
  • Managers and supervisors in retail
  • Computer application software engineers
  • Truck drivers
  • Retail salespersons

Clearly some of these positions can easily find employees from within the U.S. However, they do give an indication as to where the work is.

Other Things You Should Know

Like all countries, the U.S. has workplace customs and laws. You must be at least 16 to work there, and no employee can ask you to work more than 40-hours a week. You can however choose to work more than that. U.S. employers are not obligated to give paid holiday time, but many do. Paid holiday is often on offer for key national holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.

Erick Boigon Erick Boigon (10 Posts)

My name is Erick Boigon and I am a transplant from Toronto Canada to Denver Colorado. It may not seem like that much of a transition from Canada to the U.S. but I have been really surprised what it took to get here! Currently I am working for a large company in Denver as a software engineer after receiving a M.S. in software engineering.

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  1. Vadim Petrolenka /

    The medial field is a great profession in the U.S. I immigrated from Belarus after finishing medical school and it is great to have plenty of supplies and co-workers to help with the sick patients. This is quite different from my homeland where we often had shortages of critical things.

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