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Non-Teaching Jobs: South Korea

Foreign Job Opportunities In South Korea

When I first decided I wanted to move to South Korea I begin to look for work overseas.  I know that I didn’t want to teach students, however, I didn’t know what other options where available.

Here are some additional job opportunities in addition to teaching English in South Korea.



If you’re a United States citizen then you can apply for an open to the public job announcement.  Depending on the qualifications several of these jobs offer relocation services.  In addition, to teaching, there are IT services, Dental, and Human Resources positions.

Check out the minimum job requirements and qualification to be sure that you can apply before you begin the process.

USAJobs Benefits

Relocation fees paid and necessary vaccinations provided as part of your moving preparations.  *Check job announcements for specific benefits as they can vary depending on job title.  For more information check out USAJobs, The United States Federal Government’s official employment website.

U.S. Embassy Seoul

There are several openings at the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Korea.  *Must be military personnel or immediate family to apply.  Find more information about the U.S. Embassy & Consulate In Korea current openings and job locations on their website.

*If you’re not a U.S. resident check for a specific consulate/embassy website here.



If the digital nomad lifestyle sounds appealing while having the freedom of not working a 9 to 5 sounds like it’s your ideal career.  Then you may want to check out the Startup Business Visa process held by the Seoul Global Center.  For more information check out the Seoul Global Center.


There are several English publications that cover the latest news stories occurring within South Korea.  The Korea Times cover new stories from the past, present, and future of South Korea.  The publication first began in the 1950s and continues today.  For more information about The Korea Times check out their website.

Since 1953 the Korea Herald has been in business.  The newspaper also covers the latest news and has a focus on environmental business endeavors.  For more information on the Korea Herald check out their website here.

Additionally, opportunities are available with United States publications such as CNN.  Check out CNN International Opportunities here.

Two job search engines that also list overseas job opportunities are Go Abroad and GoOverseas.

University Employment Opportunities


At most Universities, there’s a Graduate study and a research sponsored program department.  Although this job varies depending on education level its’ worth getting in touch with the representative at your University.  The representative should be able to provide more information about research competitions and awards.

Test Proctor

If you have graduated high school already then you remember taking the dreaded SATs. For some, there are LSAT’s and for others, there is job placements test.  Providing English writing and speaking assessments require a University level English knowledge and a TEFL and or TESOL qualification.

For more information on the IELTS Examiner Recruitment and job training requirements check out their website here.



Do you have a personality that people find infectious and likable?  Then a career in Entertainment may be another avenue to consider.  A select group of foreigners has managed to break into the Entertainment industry in South Korea.

Sam Okyere (Ghana) and Sam Hammington (Australia) are the immediate individuals that come to mind.  In recent years there have been shows featuring foreigners such as Abnormal Summit.


Transcription work requires one language either spoken or written to be translated into another language.  There are transcriber job opportunities from almost every language, which is a great reason to take a Korean language class.  An additional job search engine is Dave’s ESL Cafe.

These are only some of the opportunities that I have considered as I plan my return to South Korea.  With a little research, and networking finding a non-teaching job in South Korea is possible.

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