International Talent Is Flocking to High-Skill, High-Paying U.S. Jobs

October 21, 2016

1:30 pm

Expect to see a growing diversity of nationalities represented in the tech and industrial areas that offer the most highly-skilled and well-paid positions: New data from job search site Indeed.com indicates that the international searches are landing on a specific type of job.

What’s the Draw?

The positions can be described as “opportunity jobs” and they’re defined as the ones that are paying particularly well. It makes sense that people would be drawn to uproot their lives for a higher payout than they’d otherwise get, and the evidence pulled from international job searches backs up that assumption:

“Indeed’s own research has also found that candidates from outside the US are particularly interested in high-skill jobs. A July 2016 report from the Indeed Hiring Lab, The State of Opportunity, highlights “opportunity jobs” — jobs with high and rising pay. These jobs make up only 16 percent of the labor market, and 92 percent of them are concentrated in just five broad, high-skill employment categories: healthcare practitioners and technical, computer and mathematical, and architecture and engineering, management, and business and financial operations.”

Talent Shortages Are Easier Than Ever to Identify

There are two main reasons behind the international interest: These opportunity positions are hard to automate, and they are currently experiencing a talent shortage. With the help from online job search sites and apps — which are on the rise in 2016 — any job searcher can isolate the highest paying positions. The top countries? The Netherlands, followed by France and Germany.

Even if you’re not internationally located yourself, you can have a fair shot at these opportunity jobs yourself: Just stay proactive in your jobs search, and try a few new tricks to locate the best job openings.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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