The jobs that are the most in-demand for expats in Colombia


We invite you to share some information regarding the job market for expats in Colombia. This information will be incredibly helpful to anyone considering moving there, so we're very grateful for your contribution.

What are the types of jobs that are easily accessible to expats in Colombia?

What are the ones most in-demand for expats?

Which industry and/or jobs have limited workforce?

Are there any existing surveys, data, or reports done regarding this topic?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


In demand jobs for Expats in Colombia...

1.  Teaching English.

2.  Starting a business offering product/services to fulfill the unmet needs of locals and Expats.  Includes ethnic restaurants in some cities, cheese/specialty stores, English-language tour services

3.  Assisting Expats with visas, driving and auto-purchase issues, translation-situations including paper-chase (trámites) and healthcare coverage.

4.  Bi-lingual property acquisition advisers -- this might be an entrepreneurial "job", working on commission.

5.  Casino host in Colombia's largest cities.  Bring in foreign clients, get a percentage of their "donations," take care of players' RFB and tourism needs.

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What are the types of jobs that are easily accessible to expats in Colombia?

1. English or language teachers
2. Call center (sales or customer service)
3. Oil, infrastructure (when you're coming from the contractors country) (roads, bridge building etc.)
4. Non jobs, self employment business ownership is also on this list - many expats I personally know are business owners. Restaurants, tech companies, call centers, e-commerce websites or digital marketing companies (website building, Facebook advertising etc.)   

What are the ones most in-demand for expats?

1. Language schools, which include institutes and university level, as well as high school, elementary school (primarily private schools since they pay the best)
2. Bilingual call center agents - call center agents are able to earn high salaries regardless of having college degrees.


What are the qualifications you need to teach English in Colombia if you do not have a university/college degree?

You can get an ESL certificate online in Toronto.

It very much depends on whether you intend to apply for a job in a classroom environment or intend to  go self employed, and either go one to one or online.

You will be looking to obtain a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate, to gain employment, most now want you to have a certificate with at least 100 hours training, if you are going to go self employed, of course you could do it with no training, but the likelihood is that you wont get many Clients, or at least many referrals, you need a minimum of a 50 hour certificate, to show that you have some idea of what you are talking about, these can be done online at your own pace...within reason.

Hello. I received mine from They are out of England and it was great. 120 hr with bonus 60 hour courses plus extra 30 hour online courses. Cost was under $100 if I remember right. I teach online and love it. I would like to meet others to do something large scale one day??? or maybe not, but there are always opportunities.

handymantulsa :

I teach online and love it.

Do you teach via Skype?

How do you attract students?  Where do your students live?


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