Moving to the islands is wonderful, but how are you going to
earn a living. One of the first questions most ask when inquiring
about the U.S.V.I is ‘Can I find a job?’. The answer to this
question has to do with the type of job one is seeking. Some
people wish to move to the islands temporarily so appropriately
they seek a seasonal
job often in the tourism industry. Others seek a professional long-term position,
while others on retirement might just want a part time job. It is
important to consider what you are seeking in terms of a job so
that you can do the appropriate research concerning the Virgin
Islands' job market.
Popular Occupations and Average Salary
The Virgin Islands has a unique work/cost of living scenario; cost of
living is high, averaging 33% higher then other US jurisdictions
however the average salary is less then most other US
Click to view a detailed
table of popular occupations in the Virgin Islands and
their average hourly and yearly income.
Employment in Tourism Sector/Seasonal Jobs:
Tourism is the basis for the islands' economy. Job possibilities
include sales, tours, bartending, wait staff, mates on sail boats
and charters, hotel and resort staff, beach attendants and water
sports attendants. Many of these jobs are fairly easy to find
during season (high season is mid-November to mid-May) although they can also
be found during the rest of the year as visitors continue visiting
in a lower volume. Often times managers and owners want the
applicants for these jobs to be on island. Phone inquires might be
responded to with, "Ok contact us when you get on island"; however
you can still try this approach so at least you have some contacts
to follow up with when you arrive on island. It is a good idea to
come down with an idea of where you want to work, what businesses and then
visit them as soon as you are on island. There are lots of hotels
and resorts and restaurants
particularly on St. Thomas and St.
Croix. Jobs can potentially be
secured from home by contacting the potential employer with
inquires and faxing of resumes, getting copies of the newspapers and applying for jobs
from the classifieds and
some people have had luck with submitting to resume web sites. You
might want to try a combination of methods.
Tip for Resort Jobs: Most
resorts have web sites, some include employment opportunities, you
might want to look at the sites for possibilities and for contact
Tip for Food/Drink Service: People who plan to work in food/drink service need health cards.
Health cards are issued at the Community Health Clinic. On St.
Thomas the clinic is located in the Roy Schneider Hospital, second
floor. The cost is around $46.60. Requirements are a photo ID, pictures,
a social security card and you are required to take a stool test.
For more information call the Clinic at (340)774-7477.
Employment in Professional Fields:
Although a large service sector in the U.S.V.I supports the
islands number one industry – tourism, there are other employment
possibilities in government, health, law, journalism, education
and other private industries. There are generally jobs of all
types available; teachers, nurses, doctors, secretaries,
paralegals, accountants, professors, chefs, managers. Some
professions, in particular nursing and teaching, are in constant
demand so jobs in these fields are often available and can be
pursued from home.
Teachers: There are both public and
private elementary and high schools in the Virgin Islands. There
is also a university with two campuses.
For application procedures and information on teaching in public
schools visit Department of
Education. For work in private schools visit the Education Section of this site and
contact the private schools listed. Some private schools have web
sites, they often contain employment information.
For persons qualified to teach on a college level visit University of the Virgin Islands Human Resource Page.
Health Occupations and Nurses: For information on working
in the U.S.V.I. contact:
Licensing for physicians and health services call the Commission
of Health's Office and request a licensing application.
Professionals and Board Certification: The following professionals require board certification to
practice in the Virgin Islands:
- Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors
- Barbers, Beauticians and Manicurists
- Social Workers
- Public Accountancy
- Real Estate Appraisers
- Real Estate Commissioners
- Construction Contractors
For board certification and licensing
information visit Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Jobs in Private Sector:
private business have a lot to do with networking at business
meetings and functions. It might be necessary to move to the
islands and take a job you do not necessarily want while you look
for something more permanent. Some health and law offices put ads
in the newspaper when they seek managers, accountants, assistants
and other office employees, so getting copies of
the local newspapers is a good idea.
Helpful Sites: Attorneys and Law Professionals might want to visit the Virgin
Islands District Court web site.
Technicians, accountants, opticians, managers, construction
workers... highly trained persons, can often times contact
work places and send resumes via fax, do interviews over the phone
in order to secure employment possibilities. Often a visit
is then necessary to have face to face interviews.
Tip: You should plan on having enough money to get you through perhaps
one-two months of getting settled and finding a job. Determine this figure based on cost
of living here and your standards of living.
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