What To Do After Teaching English Abroad: 30+ Realistic Job Options

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So you’ve worked internationally and are now wondering what to do after teaching English abroad.

Can you go back to doing what you have always done or did you fall in love with teaching and want to possibly start a new career? Or perhaps you caught the travel bug and just want to explore the world?

Whatever your future may look like, you will have many options to get started. Here are 30+ realistic jobs after teaching English abroad!

30+ Realistic Jobs After Teaching English Abroad

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Jobs after teaching english abroad - teaching in a public school

1. Become an English Teacher in Your Home Country

After returning home from teaching English abroad, you can continue this career path and teach English in your home country. If you have a teaching license from your education bachelor’s degree, you are a qualified teacher and can essentially work in any public school, private school, or charter school.

Most international schools are K-12 so if your teaching experience is something other than English, you can find a position to teach elementary classes or secondary classes like math, science, or any other subject.

The average salary for public school teachers in the U.S. is $63,645 per year.

Pro tip: If teaching English abroad was your first real teaching job, you might experience culture shock as a teacher in America. There may be more rules to follow, you may get paid for extracurricular activities (aka Unions are for real), and there’s a chance need to increase classroom management skills, especially if you teach in a Title 1 school.

2. Teach English to Adults

After your international experience in teaching, you might decide that you are interested in teaching English as a second language to adults. In the United States, the number of adults who are wanting to learn English is on the rise. You can teach in facilities or privately online.

Many of your adult students who are not native English speakers may be immigrants wanting to increase their options, refugees who need to survive in a new host country, or people who are looking to become citizens.

The average salary for ESL teachers for adults can range from $10-$25 per hour.

3. Become an English Tutor

When you return home, you can look into being an English tutor for kids and adults who are not native English speakers. You can find clients by posting ads online or on bulletin boards at universities and local coffee shops, where the students will see them.

You can also work for tutoring companies like Sylvan Learning Centers or Varsity tutors.

The average salary for English tutors in the U.S. is $38,286 per year.

4. Continue Teaching English Abroad

If you do not want to stay home after teaching English abroad, you can move abroad to a new country and continue being an English teacher. There are so many schools around the world that you can look into going to a different country as a highly qualified teacher.

Some of the best places for English teaching jobs include China, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and many more!

If you are a licensed teacher, you would have options to work at international schools all over the world and teach subjects like math, science, social studies, and be a lead teacher in elementary classrooms.

The salary would depend on the country you choose and the type of school you apply for.

Read Next: What are the Requirements to Teach in China International schools?

Jobs after teaching English abroad - athletic coaching

5. Athletic Coaching

If you have an affinity for sports and athletics, you can use your teaching experience to become an athletic coach for local schools. If you hold a teaching license in physical education, you could potentially be the P.E. teacher for the school.

You can find employment opportunities for this career path at local private schools, public schools, and even colleges. There are also companies like Little League where you don’t necessarily need to be part of a school to coach.

The average salary for athletic coaches in the U.S. is $36,380 per year.

6. University Enrollment Counselor and Recruitment

After your international experience teaching English abroad, you have the working knowledge to work as a university enrollment counselor and recruitment to help international students enroll in colleges.

You might even work as an enrollment counselor for local community colleges or state universities to enroll new students in the school.

The average salary for enrollment counselors in the U.S. is $35,544 per year.

7. Study Abroad Advisor

You can also look into being a study abroad advisor or working for an education company that helps with student recruiting. You would be looking at placement options for students in your home country to study abroad.

With your international experience, you might even have some connections to create new study abroad placements. This would be a great asset to the high school, college, or university.

The average salary for study abroad advisors in the U.S. is $43,092 per year.

8. Become a Librarian

Do you constantly run to the library every week? With your experience as a teacher, you could be great on this career path!

You can find employment opportunities in public libraries throughout the world or even become a librarian in a school setting. You will gain new knowledge on different research materials and help people read more!

The average salary for librarians in the U.S. is $49,000 per year.

9. Curriculum Developer

After teaching English abroad for a few years, you will have gained new skills and the experience to discern the best curriculum to use for teaching and creating lessons. This passion would be creating, researching, and developing curricula for teachers in the school to use on a daily basis.

You could work for a company, lead a program yourself, or even become a curriculum developer at any school district.

The average salary for curriculum developers in the U.S. is $68,580 per year.

10. Go Back to School

This isn’t technically a job but after teaching English abroad, you might find yourself wanting a higher education. You might have gained a vision of your future career path. Start exploring different programs you are interested in and enroll in a degree program to earn a degree or certification on that subject.

Some interesting programs include international business and development, specialized education tracks like reading specialists, and more!

Pro-tip: If you work as a university enrollment counselor, they may have a tuition waiver system where you can study for free, or at least get a tuition discount so you don’t have to take on student loans.

Jobs after teaching english abroad - flight attendants

11. Start Work in the Travel Industry

One of the best things about English teaching jobs abroad is the ability to travel all over the world. You might have fallen in love with travel while working abroad, so when you return home, you can explore options to work in the travel industry. These positions include working for cruise companies, becoming a flight attendant, or even being an Airbnb host.

Check out this post for more information. The salaries would depend on what path you would like to take, although you could potentially make a good income on hosting a place for Airbnbs!

12. Become a Travel Agent

If you love to travel, you could work for a travel agency and find the perfect vacation packages for individuals or groups around the world. You would be able to live in one place and still get to experience different places!

Flexjobs has several travel agent positions where you can even work remotely with positions such as reservation specialists, data trackers, and customer service specialists.

The average salary for travel agents in the U.S. is $44,410 per year.

13. In-Country Tourism Work

After returning home from your English teaching job abroad, you might also find joy in showing visitors your home town. You can sign up with local travel companies to give walking tours, private guided tours and so much more.

Larger cities may have a bigger influx of tourists, but it doesn’t hurt to see what tourism options there are in your hometown. LinkedIn also has over 6,000 positions available in the tourism field.

The average salary for tourism workers in the U.S. is $44,731 per year.

Jobs after teaching english abroad - volunteer work

14. Serve in AmeriCorps or Peace Corps

After returning home from teaching English abroad, you might be interested in getting some nonprofit experience. You could serve in AmeriCorps, which places you in America, or Peace Corps, which places you internationally.

These organizations would be perfect if you want to serve impoverished communities and impact the efforts to make them better. Some benefits of working with either non-profit are a living stipend, student loan deferments, reduced college tuition at partner schools, and potential financial aid after completing your service.

15. Become a Digital Nomad

You might love travel so much that you want to become a digital nomad. You can earn money online with your background of teaching English abroad to create a blog focused on tips and tricks for other people who may be interested in teaching abroad or traveling. You could also create your own courses or products to sell online.

With the digital nomad lifestyle, you are not restricted to any one country and can travel wherever you want. You are also your own boss, so you can set your own hours!

As there is no limit to how much you can earn being a digital nomad, you could earn between $10-$30 per hour.

16. Travel More

If you were able to save up and budget well in your English teaching job abroad, you could take a year off and continue traveling all over the world! Explore all the destinations that you weren’t able to visit, go off the beaten path, do some slow traveling, or backpack through a specific country.

The world is your oyster!

Jobs after teaching english abroad - international business development

17. Join a Nonprofit Organization

After teaching abroad, you might decide to give back by joining a nonprofit organization. You can start this career path with an entry-level position as a way to gain valuable experience and eventually move your way up as your skills improve. You can work in different advocacy areas like being a caseworker for immigrants who are not native English speakers or pivot completely to something like wildlife conservation.

The average salary for working in a nonprofit organization in the U.S. is $58,114 per year.

18. Work in International Development 

Another option is to work in international development. If you are interested in global relations and communication, you can be the international liaison for businesses. Some positions would include work such as advocacy, communication, research, and fundraising.

These types of careers can be found at USAid, Indeed, or Ziprecruiter.

The average salary for international developers in the U.S. is $89,187 per year.

19. Use Your Intercultural Awareness & Language Skills

While living abroad as an English teacher, you might have picked up on the language. You will also know the cultural norms of that country well. You can use your experience in being immersed in your host country to become a translator, linguistics expert, or cultural specialist.

You can be a translator in hospitals, for businesses, and even for colleges and universities. The primary job would be to provide clear communication, especially if English is not the first language to your clients.

The average salary for translators in the U.S. is $52,330 per year.

If learning new languages and understanding the nuances of different tongues is your passion, you might be in line for a linguistics career. You would primarily be doing research comparing different languages, studying one language in-depth, or analyzing languages – some may be dying languages!

The average salary for linguistics experts in the U.S. is $71,159 per year.

As a cultural specialist, you would be in charge of cultural programs, awareness, and cultural events in your local community. This could be for the city you live in, a school, or a business corporation.

The average salary for cultural specialists in the U.S. is $54,274 per year.

20. Become an Office Manager

As a highly qualified teacher, you will have gained new skills in management, organization, and planning. You can use this experience to become an office manager. Some duties you might be in charge of are taking care of office inventory, managing receipts, taking care of phone calls, and potentially doing payroll or managing work hours.

The average salary for office managers in the U.S. is $54,600 per year.

21. Make Commission as a Sales Associates

As a teacher abroad, you are standing in front of students talking all day. If you also have the skills to be in the sales field, a sales manager might be the perfect fit for you!

Many sales managers work in a commission-based structure, so you will be able to earn the most money if your skills are valued by your company.

The average salary for sales associates in the U.S. is $52,000 per year.

Jobs after teaching english abroad - event planner

22. Organize as an Event Planner

You might also decide to become an event planner. Your new skills as a teacher will be valuable as you can plan events and conferences with different companies and nonprofit organizations.

If planning events is a strength of yours and you have a low threshold of stress, you could get into the wedding industry and help engaged couples plan their perfect day.

The average salary for event planners in the U.S. is $51,560 per year.

23. Manage Social Media Accounts

If you enjoy navigating social media by increasing engagement and growing a following, you can work as a social media manager. This field is a growing one as companies are moving to more digital platforms. Many companies are looking to grow their Instagram, Tik Tok, and even Twitter accounts.

You might also find many start-up businesses looking to grow their online presence so the average salary may be lower, but you might have more freedom in a newer and smaller company compared to an established one.

The average salary for social media managers in the U.S. is $77,839 per year.

24. Get Techy as a Computer or Software Engineer

If you have technical skills in developing software programs, you can develop either online or offline programs to teach English! Many countries like Honduras or Haiti would be great places to work with these developing communities that could use computer programming classes.

You could also work for big tech companies where you work on improving and developing computer systems for user experience.

The average salary for computer software engineers in the U.S. is $107,674 per year.

25. Become a Technical Writer

You can gain employment as a technical writer with your experience in teaching English! Technical writers are needed all over the world.

You might create content for websites like online courses, e-learning programs, or forums. You can also work for companies who want to translate their product manuals into many different languages which is useful when you teach English abroad. Some daily duties might include creating diagrams and how-to tutorials.

The average salary for technical writers in the U.S. is $74,650 per year.

Jobs after teaching english abroad - freelance photography

26. Work for Yourself as a Freelance Writer

In close relation to technical writing is freelance writing. If you have something to say and love to put it in writing, freelance writing might be up your alley! Keep in mind that “freelance” means you are working for yourself and self-marketing your skills. Although, you can sign up through websites like Upwork and Fiverr to get more clients.

You can earn money by writing articles for magazines or newspapers or by writing books and ebooks. Consider writing about your international experience as a way to share lessons learned with others who are interested in English teaching jobs abroad.

The average salary for freelance writers in the U.S. is $22 per hour.

27. Become a Freelance Graphic Designer

After teaching English abroad, you might have gained some design skills from marketing your school or creating flyers for different events (sometimes teachers wear many hats in a small school). You can use these new skills to become a freelance graphic designer. Many retailers, non-profits, and start-ups are looking for talented individuals who can design logos, social media templates, and more!

If you would like a more stable position rather than doing freelance work, you could apply for graphic designing positions for businesses, schools, and other corporations like these listed on LinkedIn!

The average salary for freelance graphic designers in the U.S. is $58,903 per year.

28. Freelance or Professional Photographer

If you have skills in photography, this would be a great option for you to take quality pictures for different companies or to sell to stock photo companies. You could also be a freelance photographer where people can book sessions with you wherever you are currently living – these could be both locals and tourists.

You can have your own website where people books sessions with you for events like graduations and weddings, or you could be an experience people can sign up through tourist sites like Airbnb.

The average salary for freelance photographers in the U.S. is $53,180 per year.

Jobs after Teaching Abroad - Yoga Teacher

29. Personal Trainer or Yoga Teacher (something in the fitness realm)

Teaching English abroad might also have you in the best shape of your life. If you focused heavily on health and growing your fitness habits and routine, this would be a perfect option for you!

Use your international experience as a way to promote good health and make money while you’re at it! There are many options such as a fitness trainer, yoga teacher, spin teacher, and more!

The average salary for fitness trainers in the U.S. is $63,573 per year.

30. Work in National Park or Wildlife Conservation Facility

Do you love spending time outdoors? With your experience as a qualified teacher, you could find a job working with national parks or wildlife conservation. You can use your skills to create a new program for children focusing on the importance of having a small carbon footprint and living more sustainably.

The average salary for career national park workers in the U.S. is $80,000 per year.

31. Explore That Hobby

You might have gained a hobby like crafting, interior designing, or creating digital products during your international experience. Take some time to explore your hobby and see if it would be a viable business idea.

You could sell your products online, open an Etsy shop, or even take a class on a platform like Skillshare or Coursera to gain more knowledge on how to do what you love!

32. Take Time to Re-Evaluate Your Goals

Teaching English abroad will change your life. When you return home, you might find yourself in a different place. You will have grown immensely, as an adult, your goals may have also changed, and you will have a set of new skills.

It doesn’t hurt to take some time to re-evaluate and see what step comes next. These next steps of your life can include job goals, life goals, relationship goals, and so many more!

Jobs after teaching english abroad - update your resume

Updating Your Resume After Teaching Abroad

You might be wondering, does teaching English abroad look good on my resume? And that answer is a resounding YES!

When teaching English abroad, you will have gained new skills and an unbelievable international experience to add to your resume. You have learned to live in a new culture, adapt to a new job, and have grown exponentially professionally. You have a greater understanding of international relations and have created relationships with people from all over the world, including parents, students, and other teachers.

So when you return home and start looking for a new job, you’ll want to make sure your resume makes you shine!

  • Communication skills

You will have gained communication skills: working with other teachers, students, and parents. On your resume, you’ll want to emphasize this as you will have gained skills in creating clear communication with others. Mention both verbal and written skills as both will be your strengths.

  • Speaking & Teaching Skills

You will have gained so much confidence, especially in public speaking as you taught English daily! Emphasize how you are comfortable standing in front of crowds, creating PowerPoint presentations, and using them to share important information.

  • Time Management & Organizational Skills

As a qualified English teacher, you’ll want to list the time management and organizational skills you’ve gained from running a successful classroom. You have been keeping to a schedule to make sure your students make it to their classes on time, like music, art, and other specials.

You have also created multiple lesson plans and may have needed to stay organized throughout the week to make sure you’ve covered all the standards students need to learn. These are all important skills to add to your resume.

  • Adaptation Skills & Confronting Change

With the ever-changing life of being abroad (usually people moving in and out) and learning to adapt to a new culture and lifestyle, you’ll want to highlight your ability to adapt. If you’ve had multiple roommates and even if some of them didn’t speak English, then this is another new skill that you will have gained throughout your experience as a teacher overseas.

Your resume should also show that you’re able to overcome challenges such as new environments or language barriers.

Jobs after teaching english abroad - resume

Some Points to Include on Your Resume

  • Effective communication with parents, students, and co-workers
  • Any special projects you’ve led such as revising English language standards, developing curriculum, or serving on the accreditation team
  • Collaborated with other teachers and mentored teacher assistants
  • Used different assessment tools to evaluate student learning
  • Enforced positive behavior management
  • List anything else that you may have done while teaching English abroad

Rounding Up the List of 30+ Jobs After Teaching English Abroad

After returning home from teaching English abroad, it’s hard to know what to do next. I hope these 32 realistic jobs spark an idea and give you options. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section below!

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