More Americans Moving Overseas to Find Jobs

emigrating to australia Emigrating from the United States to other nations for economic opportunity might be an emerging trend, reports Portfolio. Right now, it's still an atypical career path that seems to be employed mainly either by ambitious or discouraged American job seekers.

However, there is a growing number of articles explaining how Americans can navigate visa regulations and hunt for jobs in nations around the world, such as France.

One popular destination for such job seekers has been Australia. Not surprising when you consider that Australia is currently having an economic boom coupled with its historically low population density.

Currently, business in Australia is encouraging temporary immigration by skilled workers in an effort to prevent wage inflation. The threat is that native skilled workers are heading for lucrative employment in field of iron-ore mining, a product heavily in demand in China. That leaves a shortage of skilled workers in Australia -- a gap that could drive wages skyward. If you are an American worker in dire straits seeking a stop-gap, you might consider investigating the 457 Australia Visa program.

Since 2008, scores of U.S. bankers have been exiting the states for Asia, especially Hong Kong and Singapore. The reasons range from easier access to credit to what some applicants consider a better quality of life. Yet another field in which emigrating is becoming quite popular is teaching at the university level.

With the current supply of humanities doctorates in the United States outstripping demand, those highly educated recent grads are finding plum positions in the Middle East and Asia, reports The Wall Street Journal. Small segments of American job seekers have picked up on these trends and have begun aggressively applying overseas. For example, in 2009, the American University in Iraq-Sulaimani received about 500 applications for teaching positions, mostly from new American Ph.D.s.

Will working abroad become a mainstream option for American job hunters? Only time will tell. Let us know what you think: if you were offered a decent job overseas, how likely would you be to jump at the opportunity?

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As far as i can see the world wide job market is pretty tough. Here in australia I feel that we are fortunate to have such a strong economy, piggy backing on the booming asian nations.
This most certainly is adding to the pressure and stress of emigrating to australia. Especially considering the many Hoops one has to jump through when moving and migrating to australia.
Here are the basic streams to immigrate and receive permanent residency.

July 21 2012 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With the job market the way it is lately, it's unfortunately become a reality for many people, that they might have to go overseas to find steady work. Compounding the stress of having to find a new job is the stress that comes with moving to a new country and finding an international moving company isn't that easy.

March 22 2012 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jackson Clerk

Really nice is very helpful for me....!!

March 17 2012 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew Jeffers

Of course it will become a mainstream potion. So much in fact that our loving, divine government will eventually have to put a cap on those leaving...or shoot us dead at the borders to stop us.

April 20 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

anderer: American is neither the cause or fault of the inherent problems in the life of immigrants. I am an American immigrant in France because I made the stupid decision to marry a Frenchman and have kids with him, voila le divorce. Aside from political refugees, most immigrants leave their native countries of their own choice and volition. They want the chance for a better life. It is what THEY as immigrants, like myself, put into it, given the adminisration rules and regulations, to make something out of it. It is not easy. An immigrant must accept and expect that their new country will put its own citizens first. It's only logical. I don't get any special privelege here in France. Quite the opposite. It takes a lot of time and effort to even make it through the invisible red tape and piles of paper work. So, think of that the next time you try to blame the US for the plight of its immigrants. America gave them the welcome, it's up to them to make it welcoming. Whether or not they make it is entirely up to them. There are no guarantees, it's truly the luck of the draw, a form of International Lotto. And unfortunately, if you play, you have to pay in one way or another.

January 15 2011 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope that more Americans have to face this situation, maybe then there will finally be some compassion for all the immigrants who have had to leave their families in other countries to find opportunities in places like the U.S.

January 14 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They keep hiring Asians with bad English because we tell our kids to go and get degrees in fields like Social Sciences, or Social Change, or some other field where you aren't required to take much mathematics, or computer programming. This makes the individuals with these degrees unemployable outside their supposed field of study. Where as in Asia, they teach their kids Math and hard Science, which gives them the ability to make huge advances in research and in the corporate world applying these highly transferable skills into something that may not be directly within their field of study.

I mean really how many times are we going to talk about feelings and try to quantify subjective emotions before we realizer that the only reason these disciplines exist in these numbers is because they have been living off the fat produced by the money-maker degrees like Math and Computer Science. Now that we have not even a fraction of our students going after these much needed, and honestly much more difficult degrees with high transferability we import minds from the places producing these types of students to try to keep these kumbaya degrees from losing the fat they survive on.

Get back to the basics, we need to compete with technology like we historically did and take back the dying American education system. That is unless you want to see an entire nation of people who have no real skill with regard to what they can give their nation.

January 13 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am working overseas. As a near 60 year old with significant management experience (Corporate VP with stock options etc) I saw the handwriting on the wall with overhead cuts and restructuring. I chose to get back on projects in the engineering firm I work for. Being billable and out of bloddsucking overhead was a good move for me. Living in the Middle East without my wife sucks but it is better than wondering if my position would be the next one cut. You do what you have to do to survive and take care of family. Overseas is not for most but many places do value our knowledge, experience and the American ability to get jobs done. It helps me, it helps my company and it sends foreign earned income back to hte US. That works for me now.

January 12 2011 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With humanities doctorates in the United States outstripping demand so that Americans must look for work in Asia, why do American universities hirer so many Asian PhD's, who have poor English speaking skills, to teach at their schools?

January 05 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I don't begrudge those who leave to find work overseas (especially given our own struggling economy), I would miss America too much to ever consider such a move. I've traveled all over the world, enjoyed learning two other languages, and appreciated other cultures. But I was always thrilled to touch back down in the USA at the end of my trips. We enjoy freedoms and quality of life and even these brutal Midwestern winters. To quote Dorothy, there's no place like home.

January 05 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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