How one student in Norway found two part-time jobs to help pay the bills. It’s no secret that getting a job in Norway is hard for foreigners. Between the language barrier, tax office confusion, and visa/residence permit requirements applying for a job can seem daunting. Getting a job as a student can be even harder as you can only apply for part-time jobs and have a class schedule to work … [Read more...]
Jobs in Norway
Everything you need to know about finding a job in Norway as a foreigner.
Without doubt the most common question we receive is how to find a job in Norway. The biggest barrier for most is one of language, closely followed by qualifications and experience.
Not only is the Norwegian labour market highly-skilled in English, it is also highly qualified. A large proportion of the population holding a master’s degree. Unemployment is also low relative to most other countries, meaning job vacancies can be few and far between.
Find English-speaking jobs in Norway
It’s a fact that Norwegian employers favour those who can speak Norwegian natively or to fluency, even for jobs where fluency in English is an advantage. It comes down to fitting in with the office culture.
If there are two people with similar skills and experience, but one has native ability in Norwegian whereas the other is still learning, the job will almost always go to the native speaker.
Having said that, there are English-speaking jobs in Norway and there are opportunities for foreigners to become employed. On this page, we’ve gathered together information about the careers that we’re asked about most often. You can also search for job vacancies here.
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Industries that employ foreigners
Read on our detailed industry guides and discover which kinds of work are best suited to expats, and those still learning Norwegian.
How to find work in this massively important export industry. Seafood is the second largest export sector in Norway after oil and gas. The industry includes traditional fishing, modern fish farming and processing of all kinds of seafood at onshore facilities. Because of increased competition, quotas, and new technology, the traditional industry has changed significantly in recent years and the … [Read more...]
Norway's biggest industry is in a phase of recovery and employment opportunities have returned. Is the panic over? We're not entirely sure, but it seems that Norway's major energy companies will be hiring more employees in the years to come, as the sector recovers from the price crash. The oil and gas industry remains Norway's most important, accounting for approximately 14% of GDP and an … [Read more...]
Tech startups aren't just located in Silicon Valley. Norway has its fair share of them too, and they're growing fast. The technology startup world is an exciting one. Startup jobs typically offer fun and fast-paced working environments, great opportunities to contribute and build your skills and experience, easy access to senior management and other networks, and the chance to get in early on … [Read more...]
Improve your language skills and get a taste of true Norwegian society by working as an au pair and living with a local family. As a live-in nanny, you can improve your Norwegian language skills and learn about Norwegian society with a Norwegian family. In return you will provide services, usually childcare and light housework, for the host family. Benefits of working as an au pair Working as … [Read more...]
Working at a Norwegian university or research institute can be a rewarding career move, but competition for the vacancies is tough. The biggest areas of research in Norway are in energy (both petroleum and renewables), ocean sciences and ICT. These are key areas for the development of the future Norwegian economy and as such, international talent is sought-after. Research is one of the few areas … [Read more...]
Jobs in Norwegian hotels are among the easiest for foreigners to get, but the work is seasonal and pay can be low. Many new immigrants to Norway can get jobs as cleaners, in housekeeping or in the kitchens at Norwegian hotels. They are among the few available jobs in Norway where fluent Norwegian is not required. In fact, many working in the Norwegian hospitality industry speak no Norwegian … [Read more...]
Native English-speaking teachers will need to learn the language to teach in Norwegian schools, but opportunities exist in international schools and private institutions. Teaching in Norwegian schools Fluency in Norwegian and a lengthy teaching degree are the minimum standards for the majority of teaching jobs in Norwegian schools. Universities and colleges also offer specific training for … [Read more...]
According to industry figures, an additional 10,000 construction workers are needed every year until 2020. The Norwegian building and construction industry is responsible for the construction and maintenance of houses and commercial buildings, and the development of roads, airports and facilities related to defence, energy, oil and gas, and transport. The sector is extremely sensitive to … [Read more...]
Norway has a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals. Foreign nurses are welcome to apply for authorisation, but your education must equal Norwegian standards. The Norwegian healthcare system is under pressure with the double-whammy of a growing population, and an ageing population. As the population increases and people live longer, Norway's need for qualified healthcare professionals … [Read more...]