If your spouse is relocated periodically for their career, or you’re just a bit of a nomad and like to move around periodically to experience all that life has to offer, you might be faced with job hunting more often than you’d like. These six industries exist in practically every city — making a career in one of these fields can make it easier for you to land a new job no matter where you end up next.
Software and app developers have the ability to be true digital nomads, limited only by having access to a strong internet connection, in many cases. So while it might be impractical to do development work while you’re backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, you can certainly do your work from any city in the U.S. Plus, there’s a breadth of opportunity in the development world, from front-end development to back-end development, full-stack development, and related roles such as systems administration, software testing, software engineering, and even jobs at companies who do super-specific work like online apartment marketing.
Digital roles aren’t the only opportunities for those who move frequently. Businesses exist in practically every corner of the U.S., and many of those companies rely on an employee with the know-how to keep their inventory in-stock, stored appropriately, and moving readily. That’s where inventory control comes in, which encompasses all the facets of overall inventory management, from purchasing to shipping, warehousing and storage, turnover, reordering to maintain adequate stock levels, and so on. Needless to say, inventory managers offer substantial value to their organizations, and if you’ve got the chops to manage a multitude of processes and generally crate order out of chaos, inventory management is a field with ample opportunity in many locations.
The beauty of working in customer support is that job opportunities encompass both the remote and on-site, so whether you like to work in a busy call center or prefer the solitude of a home office, you can easily find a role that suits you. There’s also typically room for advancement in the customer support field, too, so if turning frustrated customers into happy brand ambassadors is your thing, you can even carve out a career in management.
A similar field, tech support, is an ideal choice for those who are tech-savvy and have the know-how to help customers navigate their way through today’s complex devices, gadgets, and software.
Much like the customer support field, jobs in the marketing field, according to Meiggs, an online marketing firm, are “pretty abundant throughout the U.S. and provide awesome opportunities for skilled creatives and analytical minds.” If you love the big city life, you might even land a marketing position at the corporate offices of a major company and grab a convenient apartment in Minneapolis or Chicago. But there are plenty of entry-level and mid-level opportunities for marketing professionals at companies of all sizes, too, so you’ll rarely find yourself short on opportunity no matter where your travels take you.
Bartending and Serving
If you enjoy hanging your hat temporarily in cities with a happening nightlife, you’re sure to find plenty of career opportunities in bartending and serving. Even cities with fewer bars and restaurants tend to have a good number of openings for bartenders and servers. Plus, these careers provide opportunities for you to get a feel for the local vibe and connect with new friends and acquaintances while you work.
Why not turn your love for experiencing new places into a career? Travel writers run the gamut from casual bloggers to career nomads who earn a substantial income writing about the many places they visit. If you tend to live in cities that have robust tourism, your opportunities for earning a living as a travel writer are even better, as you can offer the inside track on what to do, where to eat, and what to see in the cities you call home.
The six fields above represent just a few of the many ways frequent movers can earn a living while roaming the globe. Whether you prefer to work alone remotely or prefer to engage with the outside world as much as possible, there are plenty of career options for today’s globe-trotting nomads.