What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

There is no bilateral work agreement with the U.S. and Qatar. A small handful of our EFMs work on the local market, and it takes some time and patience to find something. Having said that, the local market is booming with high-paying investment and oil jobs.

Most EFMs who want to work are employed at the U.S. mission. Our front office has been extremely proactive about employing any and all EFMs who want a job. - May 2017


Most US Embassy spouses work at the US Embassy, but some have jobs on the local market as professors or financial specialists. Salaries are generally similar to the U.S. from what I understand. - May 2017


if you can get a visa and sponsor. There is no job changing without sponsor permission. - May 2015


Mostly, yes. There's no spousal work agreement for diplomats, though, so getting one might be tricky and is kind of on a case-by-case basis. - Feb 2015


Possibly. I telecommute to California from here. - Apr 2012


An illiterate Arab will earn US$25,000/ month for being an Arab (government really gives free money to keep them quiet). - Mar 2012


There are plenty of job opportunities on the local economy, but due to legal restrictions it can be hard for the spouses of diplomats to get permits to work. - Mar 2012


Not particularly. You may find work at the school, and the embassy often has job postings. I am lucky in that I do consulting work for the US from home. This keeps me intellectually challenged and brings in extra money for family travel. - Jan 2012


Yes. Lots of my friends were able to find work if they wanted to. - Oct 2010


Yes. Many with excellent pay. Women, beware. Some jobs are posted "men only". There are some good EFM jobs available, too. - Dec 2009


Not really. There is a caste system here and people get paid according to nationality. - Sep 2008


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