The Best Countries to Work Abroad in 2022

Working abroad can be a profound experience to grow both personally and in your career. Find the perfect destination for you to work abroad and learn the legal requirements to get employed in each country.

Living and working abroad is a fantastic way to learn about the world, yourself, and what it means to be a global citizen. As the world becomes more and more interconnected, people seek work outside of their home country, but deciding where to go abroad can be difficult.

To help you find your dream job abroad, we’ve compiled a list of the best countries to work abroad. These countries are in no particular order, but all represent highly desirable places to either find short-term work or build a career.

In creating this list, we considered various factors, including work-life balance and happiness indices, the cost of living, the ease of getting a work visa, and the job opportunities in the country. With that, our goal is to provide a variety of options not limited to the most traditional expat destinations.

In analyzing happiness, we are using the most recent version of The Global Economies Happiness Index, published in 2020. This rates 150 countries from 0 (unhappy) to 10 (happy). For work-life balance, we used the OECD Better Life Index, which charts various indicators, including the percentage of employees working over 50 hours a week on average, time devoted to leisure and personal care, and gender inequality. All cost of living and salary data is provided by Numbeo and all dollar values are in USD.

Note: The countries on this list are not ranked in numerical order. The list was compiled based on the interests of our community members, industry knowledge, and our travel research.

By Kiersten Borkert
Kiersten Borkert Career Counselor