3 Most In-Demand Jobs for Expats in 2018


Economies go up and down, countries can change their immigration policies at the drop of a hat, and some jobs that were considered hot before before do cool down. That’s why it behooves global mobility managers to constantly keep their ear to the ground and be updated on the most in-demand jobs that are being sourced not just for the United States, but for other countries around the world.

This is not all about hogging the available or becoming the best in recruitment. If certain hiring trends reflect the preferences of management that represent many regions around the world — from the U.S., Europe, Asia to Africa — then chances are the jobs that are sought to be filled will remain in-demand for the foreseeable future.

It can also show the global mobility manager that their company will need the talents that are skilled in these tasks, if not at present, then tomorrow. They must prepare now in order not to lose out on the screening-and-signing game in the next few years.

These are the top three in-demand jobs which will need the expertise of assignee and expatriate professions this year:

#1 Software developer

Software developer makes it to the top of several lists, especially those honed in on machine learning and artificial intelligence. Good Migrations points out that 39 percent of companies are actively looking for one.

If technological competence and internet expertise determine who will rule the current business landscape, then it’s safe to say that the software developers who create the processes and solutions that keep them running are the kingmakers.

Just take a look at the tech giants who have set up shop in Silicon Valley and San Francisco City. Western Union supports this ranking and even mentions more than a dozen countries that are actively courting software developers from other shores, including but not limited to Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and of course, the U.S.

#2  Nurses

Western Union ranks this as the second on its own list of in-demand jobs for foreign workers. It mentions a World Health Organization report saying that member nations are demanding for nursing care because of their 1: 1000 ration when it comes to a single nurse and the community they support.

Indeed also cites another reason why nurses are becoming in-demand globally:  medical advances have made the average life span longer. In the next 30 years, the number of people who will reach their senior years will double.

#3 Health specialties teachers  

CNBC says that the post-secondary health specialties teachers will be among the most in-demand in 2018. While they place personal care aides and fast food workers as the top two, hiring companies can justify the hiring of assignees only for the health teachers.

Historically, educators and medical professionals have been filled out by assignees and immigrant workers who have chosen to make a life in the U.S. Maybe that’s why it should not be surprising to see that these two disciplines combine and find a common ground in one valuable profession.