Short Guide to Getting a Job in Thailand


The term ‘living the dream’, is something that everyone is striving towards, and if one of your life goals is to live and work in Thailand, the living and breathing bit is easy, but finding a job here might be a bit more difficult. To be honest, it can be easy or hard obtaining a job in Thailand so you can subsidize an expat lifestyle. It all depends on your skills to begin with or how much you are willing to sacrifice to reach your goals. Let us give you some tips and a short guide to getting a job in Thailand.

Planning Before you Get Here

You could do what I did and just come here with money to burn with no plan, but let me tell you from experience, that sort of thinking ends in tears. It doesn’t matter how much money you bring here, it will all be gone quickly if you can’t find  way to make some more. Learn from the mistakes of those who came before by having an idea what you are wanting to do in your life. Some people have working skills that fit in perfectly with Thailand, while others do not.

It is important to know that you can get by on 30,000 THB per month in Thailand, but if you want to live a lifestyle where you can go out with friends on a regular basis to have a few drinks and dine in an international restaurant when you like, that figure would have to be closer to at least 50,000 THB, although even more would better. These are all things you need to know before we discuss which jobs are perfect for foreigners in Thailand, while others are reserved for Thais. Just remember to have a plan. If you fail to prepare, you must be prepared to fail.

Jobs Reserved for Thais

Thailand safeguards many unskilled jobs for the local populace, which are extremely off limits to foreign workers. You can’t even get a work permit for these kind of jobs. We are obviously talking about menial and unskilled jobs such as taxi driving, laboring, construction workers, handy man jobs, electricians, factory workers, maids, waiters and waitresses, bartenders and things of that ilk.

If you are coming to Thailand with a background of doing menial laboring jobs or serving the public, these jobs are restricted for foreigners, so you need to bear that in mind.

Recommended Jobs for Foreigners in Thailand

Many younger people who want to live here generally become English teachers in Thailand, which is pretty much a staple job of foreign expats. If you have a university degree, getting an English teaching job in an International school with decent pay (50,000 THB per month) is very possible. If you do not have a degree, it can be difficult but not impossible if you get an English teaching certificate called TEOFL, but you might have to take a job in a lesser school for nearer 30,000 THB per month.

Other popular jobs in Thailand for foreigners are working for a real estate company as a sales person, product writer, IT expert or a marketer, or in the offices of a local English-speaking magazine, website or newspaper where all manner of jobs with work permits are available. These jobs are now very prominent across Thailand’s major tourism areas such as Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. If you are a certified Scuba Diver or instructor, jobs in Phuket, Pattaya and southern Thailand are available.

Keeping it Legal

As you can see, there are many jobs available to foreign expats who want to live and work in Thailand, however, you will need a work permit for any work in the Kingdom. Your employer will work in tandem with you to obtain a world permit, which means you won’t have to leave the country every month or so to update your visa. Keeping legal is one of the most important aspects of working in Thailand. Please be warned that you can be expelled and blacklisted from retuning to Thailand if you are not legal when working here.


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