Travel Guide: Common Jobs for Foreigners in Thailand 2022
Thailand is a great place for everyone, from families and backpackers to retirees and those who want to work here. There are many people who fell in love with the country and never left it. After two years of pandemic, Thailand is slowly opening up and we believe that once the dust settles there will be many new opportunities for those who want them. Popular job search websites like LinkedIn and JobsDB will put your foot in the door, giving you a good idea of what’s available for your specific skills and expertise.
Most office jobs will require you to relocate to Bangkok. While there is no doubt that two years of the pandemic have had a fundamental impact on the work requirements of employers, there is no guarantee that these changes are here to stay indefinitely. During the long periods of confinement in Thailand, companies have increasingly opened up to remote working, allowing their employees to adopt work-from-home routines. But as covid restrictions ease and the government’s attitude towards Covid-19 as an epidemic of an endemic disease, employers could revert to traditional office working styles in 2022. So without further ado, here is a shortlist of common jobs for expats in Thailand this year.
This is by far the most common option and the possibilities can seem endless. But pandemic pressures have quickly made quality teaching jobs increasingly competitive, as the many English-speaking expats who have found themselves stuck in the country have struggled to find work to survive. Meanwhile, teachers’ salaries have been cut as schools cut budgets.
Like any other job, a teacher’s salary depends on experience and qualifications. It doesn’t matter if you teach in a public or private school, your salary should be enough for you to live in the neighborhood where you teach. Of course, competition is higher at international schools, but they also offer higher salaries (likely at the cost of much less free time outside of work). When it comes to teaching at a local Thai school, chances are it will be much easier to find a job, at the cost of lower pay.
If you want to work in higher paying teaching positions, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree (in any subject). TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificates can be completed at a school approved by the Thai Ministry of Education. These schools almost always guarantee a job as a teacher for native speakers who take a four-week TEFL course. But you would be well advised to complete the necessary training to receive internationally recognized teaching qualifications before you start your language teaching journey in the Land of Smiles.
It’s not just English, though. It can also be other foreign languages. Most international schools have French and Spanish as second language courses, but some other schools offer additional languages.
Teaching opportunities are available in cities across the country, although the majority of them are in Bangkok.
Learn more here.
Employee in an international company
There are many international and multinational companies here in Thailand. Some places have a position specifically for foreigners.
Expats working in the IT field have a variety of job opportunities. Most multinational companies seek out the best and most experienced professionals in the industry. There are also lower level positions available for candidates with only a few years of experience.
Marketing positions are highly competitive for Thais and expats. But like in technology, there are usually plenty of openings available. Thai and international companies are looking for people to join their marketing departments, especially for digital marketing positions.
Manager in the hospitality industry
If you have the appropriate college degrees and years of experience in the hospitality industry, you may be able to work for one of Thailand’s hotel chains. Large hotel companies frequently hire foreigners for high-level management positions.
Many luxury hotels frequently hire foreign nationals as managers because they need internationals with a certain level of language skills or expertise.
If you have culinary skills, you can be a chef in a popular hotel or restaurant. Most places will have strangers in the kitchen, like you’re a general manager.
Freelance & Digital Nomad
You can also try being a freelancer, and there are plenty of websites where you can do that. You can try Fiverr or Upwork, if you haven’t already. They are not limited to any area, so it’s up to you.
If you’re someone with a specific skill set, be it a graphic designer, consultant, video editor, or writer,
Additionally, there are many good coworking spaces all over Thailand, especially in Bangkok, if you need a dedicated office space. You will be surprised at the number of entrepreneurs working there. So it’s also a great opportunity to build strong relationships.
We made a similar list last year, and you can read more about it here.
Online entrepreneur and businessman
Starting your own business is easier said than done. The idea of being your own boss has grown in popularity over the years, and for good reason.
For more on the ins and outs of doing business in Thailand, there’s no one better to ask than our very own Tim Newton. Read his blog entries on the subject…
During the pandemic, more and more companies have adopted a remote work policy. Even as the country begins to open up, many Thai businesses have embraced this new way of doing business. In Thailand, you can work in the city of your choice.
This is similar to the point we raised earlier about digital nomads and freelancers. Nowadays, being independent has many advantages. If you’re good at something, you’re already halfway there. On LinkedIn, many people are looking for connections and job opportunities. (Actually, that’s how I found this one!)