Work Abroad

Are you interested in pursuing a career beyond our national borders? The federal government maintains a substantial presence overseas and the positions available cover the entire spectrum of employment. The government needs the skills of engineers, chemists, economists, scientist, security professionals and more. There are many positions located in the U.S. that focus on international programs and policies. For example, international trade specialists with the Department of Agriculture research international agricultural markets to help negotiate trade agreements.

Foreign service positions located overseas: The federal government maintains a substantial presence overseas and the positions available cover the entire spectrum of employment. The government needs the skills of engineers, chemists, economists, scientists, security professionals, and more.

Foreign service positions located within the United States: There are many positions located in the U.S. that focus on international programs and policies. For example, international trade specialists with the Department of Agriculture research international agricultural markets to help negotiate trade agreements.

Top Agencies with Employees Working Abroad# of Current Employees
Department of the Army8,765
Department of the Navy3,153
Department of the Defense2,468
Department of Air Force2,035
United States Agency for International Development1,185
Department of Health and Human Services168
Department of Commerce166
Department of Justice48
Department of Homeland Security23

Percentage of Employees Working Abroad% of Current Employees
American Battle Monuments Commission77%
United States Agency for International Development38%
Peace Corps17%
Department of Defense10%
Millennium Challenge Corporation8%
Marine Mammal Commission5%
Department of the Army4%
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative4%
Broadcasting Board of Governors2%
Department of the Navy2%

Top Positions in Work Abroad Fields# of Current Employees
Information Technology Management1,684
Management and Program Analysis763
Logistics Management624
Contracting582
General Business and Industry552
Miscellaneous Clerk and Assistant486
Security Administration410
Human Resources Management388
General Engineering345
Nurse322

Top Countries by Number of Employees*# of Current Employees
Germany7,160
Japan3,462
Republic of Korea2,186
Italy1,202
United Kingdom571
Belgium345
Bahrain299
Spain216
Kuwait146
Saudi Arabia172

*This list includes all federal employees with job assignments overseas. Federal employees working in international relations-related jobs in the United States are not included.

Did You Know?

Federal employees are working in almost 160 countries worldwide!

52 percent of employees overseas are between the ages of 25 and 50

The average overseas employee makes between $70,000 and $89,000


Sample Positions

Job Title: Nurse (Clinical/OBGYN)
Agency: Department of the Army 
Salary Range: $47,158 to $61,306/year 

As a Nurse (Clinical/OBGYN), you will:

  • Provide comprehensive nursing care to obstetric/gynecological patients
  • Observe and assess the postpartum period of the patient
  • Assist the patient and family with adaptation to hospitalization, prenatal surveillance testing and maternal test

Job Title: Budget Analyst
Agency: Department of Defense
Salary Range: $62,101 to $80,731/Year 

As a Budget Analyst, you will: 

  • Develop budget/program processes, procedures and guidance
  • Provide financial advisory services and consultation to leaders concerning budget issues
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of cost and program changes on the budget execution process