Wages of the world – popular destinations for popular jobs

Simon Blish

Ever wondered about ditching your job for a different one, spurred on by a desperate need for a change of scene? Well, hold onto that thought – you might be onto something there!

A recent infographic by Lottoland magazine based on different salary reports and statistics from around the world indicates that the same job you thought wasn’t really going anywhere, might be made significantly more lucrative given the right move. Quite literally. Which is not that difficult in today’s global economy if you happen to have the right qualifications and experience.

The flip side of this would be increasing state controls and entry barriers curbing economic migration. While the Swiss render the teaching profession the most rewarding it can be, in terms of wages at the very least, one has to be prepared for some really stiff competition and with advanced qualifications that include a master’s degree and an advanced teaching diploma. This is in addition to teaching experience and a valid work permit for Switzerland alone.

Switzerland is also the best wage-payer for software developers, who can be expected to be paid on average £70,000+ a year. To qualify, one needs a degree and some experience in software engineering. For aspirants outside of the EU, a work permit and a guaranteed contract of work with an employer in Switzerland would be further required.

Expect similar challenges if you are a lawyer and wish to make the most of your degree. China, which surprisingly is the top paymaster for legal eagles globally (ahead even of the United States), requires foreign lawyers and attorneys to have at least two years’ work experience in another jurisdiction, fluency in Mandarin and annually approved foreign license to set up practice. The license approval process, a most lengthy and bureaucratic one, alone might prove to be the most daunting of the requirements.

Not all professions are, however, as difficult to migrate to internationally. Nurses who have obtained their degree within the EU are eligible to practice in any of the European countries, provided they are able to obtain minimum language qualifications in their intended country of practice.

Doctors can expect to make an average of £173,700 in the Netherlands, provided they register their international diploma/qualifications through the BIG-Register, are reasonably fluent in Dutch and have obtained residency and work permits (non-EU doctors only).

If it is uniform that appeals to you, consider opting in for an overseas op in firefighting. Canada leads the world’s highest wages here, with the aspiring firefighter expected to make, on average, £32,300 per annum. To qualify, one needs at least a high school diploma (or equivalent) and would be required to successfully pass a Firefighter training course.

About Simon Blish

Writing, drawing, editing - Simon loves it all.