H-1B for nonprofit jobs

The H-1B specialty occupation visa is used by a wide variety of industries to enable international professionals to work in the USA. During a recent training session, one participant asked about the trends for nonprofit employment and H-1B visas.

Occupation groups

The two primary categories for nonprofit-related activities are:

  • SOC 21-000 is for Community and Social Service Occupations. Counselors, social workings, and other community and social service specialists
  • SOC 25-000 is for Education, Training, and Library Occupations

Numerous job titles are included in both of these groups and the links above will provide access to the job descriptions.

For job seekers who are looking to find employment in higher education it is potentially useful to note that some nonprofit positions are exempt from the annual numerical limit on visas.

“The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. Additionally, H-1B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education (or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities), a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization are not subject to this numerical cap.” - http://www.uscis.gov/eir/visa-guide/h-1b-specialty-occupation/understanding-h-1b-requirements

Fiscal Year 2012

H-1B labor condition applications from educational employers accounted for nearly 5 percent of the total positions certified in FY 2012. Of the positions certified for educational employers in FY 2012, approximately 61 percent were requested by colleges and universities, while 39 percent were requested by elementary and secondary schools.

In FY 2012, the States with the highest demand from educational employers each had at least 872 certified positions. New York, Texas, and California saw the highest demand from educational employers in FY 2012, with 10,933 positions certified for New York, a 96 percent increase in positions certified for the State over FY 2011.

Excerpted from OFLC 2012 Annual Report (11-29-2013)

Excerpted from OFLC 2012 Annual Report (11-29-2013)

Excerpted from OFLC 2012 Annual Report (11-29-2013)

Excerpted from OFLC 2012 Annual Report (11-29-2013)

The full FY 2012 report is available for download from the Department of Labor.

Fiscal Year 2013

The final report from the Department of Labor is expected in November 2014 but the current statistics from FY2013  provide some insights into which job roles were in demand for the education sector.

SOC 25-000 Top 20 Job Roles (FY 2013)

Job Role Certifications
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 1600
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Care 1587
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 1544
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 917
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 792
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 727
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 718
Teachers and Instructors, All Other 544
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career 540
Instructional Coordinators 505
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 418
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 359
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 288
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 277
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 266
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten 260
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 259
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 240
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 234
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 218

SOC 25-000 Top 20 Job Roles (FY 2013)

Job Role Certifications
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 186
Health Educators 172
Rehabilitation Counselors 135
Mental Health Counselors 126
Clergy 113
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 97
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 86
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 67
Healthcare Social Workers 58
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 50
Counselors, All Other 42
Social Workers, All Other 42
Marriage and Family Therapists 34
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22
Religious Workers, All Other 12
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors 11
Social and Human Service Assistants 7
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Spec 5
Medical and Public Health Social Workers 3

Associations for international professionals

Young professionals and students in the United States can benefit from participating in professional associations and this applies equally to international students as well. Since getting involved earlier in your career can offer more opportunities to learn, volunteer and expand your professional development, it makes sense to identify associations that operate internationally.  

The lists of associations below can provide a starting point for students and young professionals to connect with organizations and get more involved with their local or international work. One option is to identify companies or groups that are members of an association and consider requesting an informational interview to learn more about how they contribute to their international association.



Finance & Banking

Management Consulting


Health Care


Chile – Employment Outlook Update

In the months since GoinGlobal first examined the employment outlook for Chile there has been continued progress in Chile’s economy.

Image source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/flags/large/ci-lgflag.gif

Image source: https://www.cia.gov

During the first quarter of 2013, Chile’s Central Bank reported that the country’s GDP had grown by 5.6% in 2012. The report also noted that imports and exports increased during 2012 as well. The growth trend provides a positive reinforcement of the economic expansion that Chile continues to enjoy.

Additional news reports in early 2013 confirmed that jobs in technical and professional services sectors continue to be in demand. Examples include:

  1. Commercial Engineer (Ingeniería Comercial)
  2. Accounting and Auditing (Contabilidad y Auditoría)
  3. Computer Engineer (Ingeniería Informática)
  4. Industrial Engineer (Ingeniería Civil Industrial)
  5. Civil Engineer (Ingeniería Civil)
  6. Chemist and Pharmacist (Química y Farmacia)
  7. Business Administrator (Administración de Empresas)
  8. Web applications programmer (Programador Web)
  9. SAP Consultant (Consultor SAP)
  10. Financial Analyst – Energy Projects (Analista Financiero de Proyectos Energéticos)
  11. Production Supervisor (Supervisor de Producción)
  12. Project Engineer (Ingeniero de Proyectos)

Related Industry News

“Mining in Chile – The engine that moves Chile forward (Global Business Reports) - http://www.gbreports.com/admin/reports/EMJ-Chile2012.pdf

Copper Solution (Economist.com) - http://www.economist.com/news/business/21576714-mining-industry-has-enriched-chile-its-future-precarious-copper-solution

Mining in Chile: A new phase of expansion (Latino Mineria) - http://www.latinomineria.com/revistas/index_neo_en.php?id=883

Europeans fill jobs void in Chile’s thriving economy (Reuters.com) - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/25/us-chile-immigration-idUSBRE90O17G20130125

Chile’s Labor Shortage: Workers Needed - http://www.businesschile.cl/en/news/cover-story/chile%E2%80%99s-labor-shortage-workers-needed


Las carreras más demandadas por las empresas en Chile - http://www.biobiochile.cl/2013/01/02/las-carreras-mas-demandadas-por-las-empresas-en-chile.shtml

¿Cuáles serán los trabajos más demandados en 2013? - http://www.finanzas.com/noticias/empleo/20121226/cuales-seran-trabajos-demandados-1662883.html

Doing business in Liberia

Finding information about companies and business activities in Liberia can take you to multiple online destinations. If you are looking for details about  companies operating in Liberia or opportunities to invest or start a business venture it helps to think creatively to find information in public and fee-based sources. In many cases, there are numerous publicly accessible reports that are published by newspapers, consulting firms, and governments. 

GoinGlobal’s Key Employer Directory is one option to identify examples of companies working in Liberia. However, there are additional resources that can provide useful supplements to the initial listings in GoinGlobal’s database.

 Tips for Finding Key Economic Sectors

  • Identify major industries in Liberia — according to the CIA World Fact Book some of the key industries and commodities in Liberia include:
    • Agricultural products - rubber, coffee, cocoa, rice, cassava (manioc)), palm oil, sugarcane, bananas; sheep, goats; timber
    • Industries - rubber processing, palm oil processing, timber, diamonds
    • Exports - rubber, timber, iron, diamonds, cocoa, coffee
  • Check international associations for the industries in the country
  • Check major publications connected to the industries
  • Set up news alerts on Google or other major search engines to watch for keywords and phrases connected to Liberian industry areas

Resources related to the USA

Resources related to Canada

Country Information from Export Development Canada (EDC) http://www.edc.ca/EN/Country-Info/Pages/Liberia.aspx

There may be additional corporations who have a presence in Liberia but it may be necessary to look at industry associations to identify additional sector-specific resources. 

Resources from Liberia

Nonprofit & International Development Activities

Other International Resources

Careers in International Preparation

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has identified career opportunities in international preparation as a growing area of specialization. When you search on networking sites such as LinkedIn you can also find numerous references to job roles that focus on international relocation and global mobility. As the economies of the world become increasingly connected there is an expanding need for professionals who understand the challenges associated with moving to and working in cultures around the world.

Who uses international preparation services?

Services for international preparation are required by:

  • Private organizations
  • the Federal Government
  • Individual and Group travelers

There are three broad service categories:

  1. Culture – understanding the nuances and differences between cultures and how those who are relocating need to be aware of those differences
  2. Logistics – planning, coordinating and fulfilling travel and property shipments in support of international relocations
  3. Health & Safety – creating and maintaining a safe environment for people when they are traveling overseas for work or study

For each functional area there are multiple job roles ranging from entry-level to senior management. Some sample job titles include:

  • Cross Cultural Trainer
  • Language & Cultural Specialist
  • International Relocation Counselor
  • Certified Relocation Professional (CRP)
  • Relocation Consultant
  • Global Mobility Specialist (GMS)
  • Instructional Coordinator 
  • Training Specialist
  • Logistics Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • International Relocation Consultant
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Occupational Health & Safety Instructor
  • Travel Physician
  • Medical Records Technician

What experience and qualifications are required?

In order to be effective in the field of international preparation it helps to have experienced living overseas and understanding other cultures. Developing cultural awareness is essential to avoid misunderstandings and work through any miscommunications before they result in mutual distrust or a breakdown of communication while overseas.

There are also professional certifications that are important for career advancement. These certifications can be useful for professionals in real estate, human resources management, training and development, and international logistics:

Potential benefits to a career in international preparation include: 

  • Travel locally and internationally
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Diversity in responsibilities and experiences
  • Consistent culture of helping others 


Professional Associations

Examples of Companies working in international preparation