If you’re thinking about moving to Italy, you may have already heard some horrific stories about the economy and unemployment; but–if you haven’t–forgive me for being the bearer of bad news. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that the GDP growth rate in Italy within the next year is projected to rise only 0.9%, following a consistent (and unfortunate) trend that has led to increasing debt the past few years. Additionally, according to recent data released by the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), the unemployment rate in January remained at a steady 10.5%–one of the highest in the European Union.
Luckily, for English speakers (mother-tongue, especially!), the prospects are much less bleak. Of course, it goes without saying, that if you plan on living and working in Italy, you probably should know at least a basic level of the language. Even if you use only English in your job (like me!), it still is useful to know how to speak Italian.
With that said, here are the top fields for English-speaking job seekers in Italy:
1 TEACHING ENGLISH — It’s no secret that the English language is the most studied in the world, and in Italy it is no different. Teaching English, whether in a classroom or online, is a common profession among mother-tongue speakers, and–oftentimes–does not require a certification. Popular English language schools and organizations with locations around the country include Wall Street English, My English School and
If putting on pants everyday isn’t your thing, though, online learning companies like VIPKID (co-founded by two women!) and Qkids offer the unique chance for North American teachers to connect virtually with children in China for short, private lessons. The lesson plans are already created for you, plus you have the flexibility to work from anywhere… anytime!
2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING — On LinkedIn, Glassdoor and other popular employment sites, the number of job listings for software engineers/developers are nearly endless–not only in Milano, but throughout many Italian cities. Unfortunately, salaries for these types of roles are much lower here than they are in other European countries (this is the case for almost all jobs..); but, you most likely will land work if computers are your thing!
3 DIGITAL/SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING — I can only speak for Milano and its surrounding areas, but companies and agencies are hiring digital marketers and social media managers at rapid speed. Minimum job requirements are usually a Bachelor’s in marketing, 3-5 years’ experience and tech-savviness. Although Italy lags behind many European economies in the race for innovation and digitalization, it’s slowly getting there… and Milano is first in line!
4 TOURISM — According to a report by the Osservatorio Nazionale del Turismo, Italy’s tourism watchdog, tourism accounted for roughly 13% of Italy’s GDP in 2017. If you plan on moving to or near Roma, Florence, Venice or Milano, there is usually year-round work for English speakers (think tour guide, hotel concierge, etc.). However, if you’re heading to places like Cinque Terre or the Amalfi coast, seasonal work is more common.
5 CUSTOMER SERVICE — While not a glamorous one (schedules are usually shift-based and can even include weekends), this is a job heavily in demand throughout all of Italy. Both Italian and international companies are constantly searching for English speakers, whether for customer service/experience specialists or call center operators. Not only does it look great on a resume/CV, it’s also a fantastic way to get your foot through the door of the Italian job market and possibly work your way into another department.
The future of the Italian economy is still very uncertain, but there are countless opportunities for English speakers all over the country. Whether you’re already here and job-searching, or planning your move soon, in bocca al lupo and feel free to reach out with any questions!