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The 10 most mobile professions to pursue if you want to travel

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and millions of employees went remote, companies started to recognize the value of offering flexible work arrangements. While some workers have returned to their jobs at the office, many others have remained remote permanently. As a result, workers across various industries have traveled the globe and relocated to new areas since they no longer feel tied to a specific location for work. If your wanderlust is getting the best of you, explore some of the most mobile professions you can do from anywhere. 

Workers across various industries have traveled the globe and relocated to new areas since they no longer feel tied to a specific location for work.


If you have a nursing degree, you can travel and work in places other than where you currently live. Traveling nursing jobs are often in high demand, with positions available around the globe. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), experts expect the registered nursing profession to grow by about 9% between 2020 and 2030. This growth translates to more than a quarter of a million positions becoming available.

Travelers can find short-term positions in new places, working for a few weeks or months. If you want to remain in one location for longer, you may qualify for a contract position that allows you to work for up to 12 months. In some countries, nurses make more money, making traveling nursing a potentially lucrative career opportunity. Use CareerBuilder to create a profile so employers can find you and connect regarding nursing positions.


Teachers can work in other countries, especially if they're willing to teach English as a second language (ESL). People located all over the globe want and need to learn English, and they're often willing to pay high rates to make that happen. Depending on where you plan to teach, you may need to complete the teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) certification. ESL teachers working in the Middle East and Asia tend to earn the most money.

Tour guide

You can explore different countries and introduce the areas to others with a job as a tour guide, a mobile profession for people who want to travel. Tour guides take individuals and tour groups on outings, ranging from simple walking tours to adventurous excursions. Your interests and knowledge of the area in which you plan to live will dictate the type of tour guide you can be. To be a successful tour guide, you should feel comfortable interacting with people from different cultures and have an outgoing, warm personality.

Cruise ship staff member

Working a cruise ship job allows you to travel all over the world. Some jobs require specific skills, such as being an entertainer, but others are open to entry-level people willing to work hard. Some roles available to workers with wanderlust include housekeeping, serving, and child care.

Medical billing specialist

A medical billing specialist can work for an insurance company, a health care organization, or a treatment center. The primary duties include data entry, invoice preparation, and medical billing coding to request payment for treatments and procedures rendered to patients. Since a medical billing specialist can work remotely, an individual can perform this role almost anywhere. However, it typically requires completing a high school diploma or associate's degree, along with proven knowledge of billing codes and practices.


A recruiter works in an organization's human resources department and helps find and bring on new talent. Recruiters often spend time researching potential candidates, searching for qualified individuals to apply for open positions, and performing interviews. A recruiter may need to work during certain hours based on the needs of the organization and the time zone(s) in which it operates. 

  • Did you know? The estimated growth rate for a job as a recruiter is 10%, which translates to more than 70,00 jobs opening up by 2030. Since recruiters are part of the HR department, they fall under the human resources specialist category of the BLS. 

Freelance writer

A freelance writer creates copy and written content for various clients and earns an income by charging an hourly, per-word, or per-project rate. Some freelance writers work in contract roles but are not full-time or part-time employees of any company. Working in this role requires strong writing skills, exemplary grammar, and the ability to proofread your work. You might have to demonstrate your skills with a portfolio of writing samples. 

Working as a freelance writer is flexible, as long as you have a steady internet connection and a device you can use to create content. You will face deadlines, so staying on top of due dates and submitting work on time will help you maintain your client base and continue to get new work. 

Graphic designer

Working as a graphic designer involves creating visual pieces, including logos, advertisements, emails, marketing materials, and product designs. This role requires strong digital and print design skills, the ability to code, and an eye for engaging and visually appealing design elements. Like freelance writing, freelance graphic design roles have deadlines that individuals must adhere to if they want to keep getting work. In-house graphic designers might need to work in an office, but in most cases, this role is conducive to remote work.


An editor proofreads and corrects written content and copy. Editors might work directly with writers to review their content, or they may work for organizations that produce materials and want to ensure that everything they put out is accurate and professional. In the digital age, individuals can edit in a remote environment since collaborators can share most content digitally through content management systems or email platforms.

Although the demand for editors remains high, thanks to a huge need for content, the BLS reports that the job growth for this role is slower than average. An editor must adhere to deadlines and demonstrate experience and education.


Translators interpret written and spoken words in one language and convert them to another. Some translators work directly with people to interpret conversations in multiple languages, while others work independently to translate written text on behalf of others. A translator must be fluent in two or more languages and feel comfortable speaking and writing in both.

The translator role lends itself to those with wanderlust because it's often helpful in places where the population speaks more than one language. For example, someone traveling to Europe might be able to translate written and spoken words between English and German, Swedish, Italian, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, or another language spoken in one of the countries.

If the idea of being stuck in an office doesn't appeal to you, consider one of the above mobile professions you can do from anywhere. Each offers unique opportunities to see the world and explore new places.


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