Guadalajara - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

Local economy isn't a great option unless it's with a U.S. company. Most have a U.S. job and work from home. Some jobs available in the consulate, but not many. - Aug 2023

Significant number of spouses working on DETOs for their federal jobs. Jobs in the consulate have generally been available. No known spouses working on local economy. - Jan 2023

A lot telecommute as we're one hour off of EST. It takes forever to get a clearance to work at the US Consulate. - Feb 2017

I've heard of some teaching opportunities, both ESL and in international schools, but without strong Spanish skills I think it could be hard to find other employment on the local economy. - Jan 2015

Not so much, and you'd probably need Spanish. Most expats I know who come here without a job lined up have a hard time finding something that pays well. - Oct 2014

No. - Jan 2012

No. - Jan 2011

Not really. It depends what you do. There are some jobs for foreign service spouses at the consulate but most are tedious and none pays well. - Jun 2010

Without Spanish, I think it's nearly impossible. Most of the people I know work at the consulate, Siemens, Flextronics, HP, Hershey's, or telecommute from home. - Feb 2008

Not really unless you are bi-lingual but salaries are very low. - Jan 2008


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