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Q: what is the best profession to pursue in china if any foreigner wants to stay for long-term ?

7 years 4 days ago in  General  - Qingdao

 
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What is your training?  What is your level of education?  Do you speak Chinese?  Are you from one of the major countries for which it is still relatively easy to obtain a working visa?  Is there demand for your profession in China?  Those are the questions, among others, I suppose, that will determine your answer.

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Doctors, it depends upon the city and the location.  For a foreign-trained doctor in Beijing and Shanghai, I would say that the chances are good, perhaps 80% or more.

 

Engineers, there is a lot of competition in the Chinese market, in and among Chinese.  The Chinese tend to be really strong in maths and things like that.  An engineer would have to have a very high level of Chinese and would probably be limited to the Hong Kong/Shenzhen/Guangzhou corridor and to the international companies at that.

 

Teachers, sure, no problems with the right qualifications or the gumption to stay.

 

Lawyers -- the foreign law firms rotate their foreign lawyers in-and-out and they represent only a small fraction of the company,  usually in a management capacity.

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psychologist-psychotherapist?

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You could apply to be a stone soldier in Xi'an.

 

Not the most active of occupations but, if you want to stay a long time in China, it's a must!

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Rock star.  You come here...make all the girls crazy...get more tang than has ever been seen and make money to boot.

Am I being metaphorical or literal?  Both.

 

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only the scope is english teaching in china Smile)) nothing more special ..

 

 

  just teach english to ching chong mongggg peoples!!!!!!!

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You can become white monkey, u get good money to play white monkey, it is very trending now.

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I wouldn't recommend choosing a profession based purely upon it being something that will allow you to stay in China for an extended period. I would suggest you study something that you are actually interested in, something that you will enjoy doing for the bulk of the next 30 years or whatever.

 

That sounds a bit idealistic perhaps, but if you spend every day of your time in China doing a job you hate then pretty soon you won't enjoy being here, and you'll forget the reasons why you chose to move here in the first place... 

 

Right, I've got the 'Dad' speech out the way now...  so I'll move onto your actual question...

 

Hmmm. If you really want to choose something that will help you stay here then you need to do some research to see what sectors the Chinese gov has said they intend to develop/fund over the foreseeable future. Find a summary of the latest 5 year plan and see what pops out.

 

From what I recall there are a lot of massive infrastructure upgrades planned; like new subway systems, improved roads and more fast trains. So Civil Engineering would be good here.

 

Education is also a hot topic. Personally I'd probably shy away from becoming a English teacher though. There are other opportunities in Education though, like administration or development, but I think these will be hard to get into as foreigner.

 

You could also do something in what are probably the longer term growth areas here, so careers that would be used in areas like the production of clean power, more efficient/organic food production methods, ecological preservation, and health care practices (especially for old people).

 

Engineering is a good suggestion. Focusing on fields related to semiconductors or micro circuitry used inside computers would be good.

 

Management or Business development roles are always in demand, but you'd more than likely need to get several years work experience from abroad first.

 

If you have already chosen where you want to live in China then you should look at studying something that is associated to what the city and local area specialises in. Is it business, agriculture or industry focused for example?

 

Whatever you choose as your field though it will probably serve you better to still get your qualifications abroad and then come back to China. This dynamic will probably/hopefully change over the next 20 years or so.

 

Good luck!

 

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Success for any profession in China:

 

1.) Learn to drink a lot of baijiu and sing a few songs at KTV in Chinese.

2.) Learn how to be "clever in China", ie: practice your lying, cheating, and pretty much any morally corrupt concept you can think of, as long as it makes money or "gets you ahead".

3.) ???????

4.) Profit (and long term career in China)

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For long term and you are committed to the job. Probably gonna be a business owner of some type. I know people invested in opening their own school and obviously they plan to stay for a long time otherwise they would be losing money.

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partner with a trustful chinese investor (if they exist, female maybe certainly not male)

and set up something supplying healthcare product or services, china's baby boom is coming, perhaps a nursing home.

become a pilot in your home country, china is going to have tons of airports and planes but nobody to fly them. very few flight schools here and not enough military pilots retiring to supply the domestic market.

most of the rich kids that go abroad to flight school and learn english would rather go to university than fly a plane.

most pilots from philippines and india make more money in the middle east.

right now this problem has no solution and money will be dumped on the problem like a faucet , might as well have a drink from the nectar, be a pilot or teach the english to be a pilot.

 

 

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