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?

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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