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Careers that lead to work overseas.

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1. Posted by zachD (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I am currently a biology major at a university. I really don't know what I want to do, but I have research experience in the dental field and have been published twice in dental journals. I really just want to spend my life in a distant place and move around a bit. I was wondering if anyone knew of careers that an english speaking american could perhaps pursue away from the US. I have thought of anything from along the lines of being a science teacher to being a medical professional, although I would prefer something that I could do with just a masters to start off with. Any ideas would be helpful, but I would prefer jobs that I could do with a bio degree and then whatever masters program after. I just need some ideas to brainstorm a direction for my life. Thanks.

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Not sure what area your biology major is in, but have you considered Marine Biology? If you coupled this with scuba diving qualifications then there is many an opportunity to live and work around the world....

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Teaching English is the easiest work to get into. I am now living in S Korea teaching English and I travel around seeing as much of Korea as I can every weekend. The pay is pretty good and the rent is free. If you really want to get out of the USA easily I would suggest doing this. The best places to go for for the money are S Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Have you considered tropical dentistry? I imagine that it shouldn't be too hard for you to obtain some sort of formal qualification in that direction, and it sure as hell beats teaching English both in salary and job satisfaction. Alternatively, pursuing a career in science may be an option. It's a hard life, but you get to travel plus it is something that you can do abroad for a while without screwing up your entire career.

5. Posted by zachD (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

As a tropical dentist I would still have to obtain my DDS I think and that is something that I don't know if I would enjoy. I am looking for something that I could do for a while to build maybe a resume for later and postpone the need for me to decide on a final career so soon. I like the idea, though I would rather not need a doctoral degree.

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2009 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Foreign language skills will allow you to travel more professionally - very few Americans can do this.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Consider finishing your degree in biology and then applying for a volunteer position in the Peace Corps.

Agree with the advice on language skills.