Work in the USA
Dream of living and working in the United States? There are short and long term positions available during summer and all year round. A lot of jobs also include accommodation. You could find yourself working in places like New York, California and Flordia! Search jobs today.
Seasonal, Summer & Year Round Jobs in the USA
Find seasonal work, J1, H2B, summer & winter jobs in the United States.
Guide to Working in the United States
Interested in working abroad in the USA? Apply today for the experience of a lifetime. There are a range of jobs available where you will get paid and also get time to experience more of the country. Working in the USA can be an amazing experience, a lot of people want to stay and end up returning year after year especially as there is the option to apply for a winter / summer position or spend a longer period living working.
Some jobs will require you to be a student or recent graudate but other positions are more flexible. If you have already applied for a USA working holiday visa, on our directory you can find recruiters hiring J1 and H2B visa staff in the USA. Summer jobs in USA, these positions are a lot of fun and you will make new friends from all over the world. Working a winter ski season is also an incredible opportunity! The USA is one of the biggest countries in the world, on a flexible working holiday visas you can apply to work anywhere in the country.
The USA is a huge country and you really need to decide where you would like to work as each city, state and town offers a difference experience. You will get to visit places made famous in films and experience one of the most amazing countries in the world. View our guide to working in the USA today.
Top Reasons to Work in the USA
- Get paid to live in the USA - do you need any more convincing
- See new places, you get lots of free time to explore in your spare time
- Make new friends with other international workers
- Gain experience and new professional contacts
- Make money to fund future travels
- Choose from lots of destinations
Recommended Places to Work
You can literally apply to work anywhere in the country, here are our top recommendations...
People from all over the world visit NYC because of its popular tourist attractions, world-renowned shops, restaurants and culture. Whether for a weekend or longer there are so many places you can visit. This city has been made famous by numerous blockbuster films and when visiting in real life the experience will be so much better. There are literally hundreds of tourist sights like the Statue of Liberty and also numerous restaurants and experiences to be had. There are things to keep you busy both day and night, this really is a 24 hour city. New York is often described as a world, not a city and you have to experience this city at least once in your life. The cost of living sometimes puts a lot of people off working here, but with so many businesses based here you should be able to find employment. Some jobs are flexible e.g. bar staff with low starting wages but you can make a lot more than you imagined in tips.
New Orleans is still recovering from the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but there is still a great vibe and nightlife in the Old Town and you can apply to work here. This is one of the most charming, inviting and thrilling work abroad destinations in the States. If you go to New Orleans during the middle of the summer, you will find lots of jobs at hotels in the French Quarter or the Garden District. New Orleans is appealing for so many reasons, the French Quarter is an experience that would be well worth the trouble of perspiring as you walk about the colorful, decadent and artistic part of town. The Marigny district of the Quarter is to the northeast; the Treme is to the northwest. Beautiful views from hotel balconies allow guests to view street performers in luxury. The food, the wine bars, the music and art are some of many attractions the city will provide fun New Orleans’ style.
You will find many attractions: ghost tours, art museums, and the people themselves. Go in the summer, and you'll get the most for your money. Pack shorts and flip flops. There are so many great things you can do in this city, you could explore the French Quarter, wonder around, grab a drink and take in the atmosphere of this lively area. Walk around City or Audubon Park, both are relaxing spots and there are recreation areas and options for things like horse riding and at night listen to live music and enjoy the famous nightlife which is better than most places in the US and worldwide. We also highly recommend you visit during the Mardi Gras Carnival, this is an experience not to be missed and has to be seen at least once in your life.
Chicago, has some of the best live music in the world, be sure to sample the local pizza and also there are day tours which are really fun. You have the choice of hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and night spots to seek employment, this city is famous for live music and you can find some of the best live jazz and blues in the world here.
California is a popular travel destination, located on the West Coast of the USA you can expect fascinating cities, beautiful beaches and lots of places to visit. You will be captivated by California which attractions millions of tourists every year.When planning a trip there are some must see destinations which you should include in your itinerary including LA, Big Sur and Santa Cruz. You might want to visit Disney World where you can enjoy the magic of Mickey Mouse and also ride rollercoasters - this is a lot of fun and one of our top recommendations.
San Francisco, eat in China Town, see the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz, this city is a tourist delight. You will know you have arrived in San Francisco when you see the Golden Gate Bridge, at night when it is lit up it looks especially impressive. San Francisco is a great city to work in, places like Union Square which is located in central San Francisco is where you will find a lot of shops and theatres. In this area you will find cheap fashion outlets and also leading international brands - if you hand your CV around here you will stand a good change of gaining employment.
Las Vegas, one of the most surreal cities in the world built in the desert and full of lavish casinos. Las Vegas is a city that has to be seen to be believed and you can’t fail to be impressed. Obviously living in Vegas doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience, Vegas is the place to go and work. And if you spontaneously decide to get married….where else would you find Elvis conducting the ceremony?!
Washington DC is the place to head for history, here you can see the famous White House and other historic monuments.
Philadelphia is a great city to visit and spend time working, you can see the famous Rocky film steps, grab a local cheese steak sandwich and see the Liberty Bell.
If that urge to get away is telling you to start looking for your next destination, why not consider a combinaton of travelling to Florida and seeking employment. Once, Walt Disney said that Florida is a place that captures your imagination. He wasn’t wrong, and you can see this for yourself if you plan a working holiday to Florida. Orlando is one of the most popular cities within The United States of America. This huge metropolitan area in Florida is also well known by millions of people around the globe. This is a state filled with sunshine, beauty and world famous attractions and tourist spots where you can apply for jobs in tourism and hospitality. This state will keep you busy for you entire visit, regardless of your length of stay.
Salary for Working in the USA
How much you get paid for a seasonal job in the USA really depends on what job you get, which company and where. Usually you will get paid at least the minimum wage which stands at around $6.55 per hour. A lot of jobs in hospitality and in bars can have a low starting salary but then you will make a lot of money with tips from customers.
J1 Visa Jobs & Requirements
- To work in the USA you need a J-1 Visa which is a non-immigrant visa issued by the US authorities for people participating in work and cultural exchange programmes
- To gain a J-1 work visa you must be 18 years old or older - once accepted you will be able to work for up to 4 months anywhere in the USA
- You will need to be a full-time student registered at university
- You will need to attend an interview with the US Embassy in your native country
- The visa costs £145 in the UK
- When arriving in the USA you will might need to show you have enough money to support your time ($800 or $1200) depending if you have a job already lined up
- With the J-1 visa you will also have 30 days to travel on completion of employment
- You are free to depart the country before the visa finishes
- There is also a H2B Visa scheme which allows companies in the USA to hire international staff if they need to during key seasonal times of the year. There are lots of positions available you can apply for but you will need to check that your recruiter is a H2B registered employer
H2B Visa Jobs in the USA
A H-2B visa allows both international students and non-students to live and work in the United States for a seasonal period. You will get the chance to stay for up to three years and can work for a number of employers in industries like gardening, hospitality, tourism, theme parks, water parks and winter ski resorts. A lot of people find h2b visa jobs as landscapers, groundskeepers, bartenders, waiters, servers, cooks, housekeepers, kitchen assistants and general workforce staff during summer and winter. International companies and visa sponsores like InterExchange and the Alliance Abroad Group help international applicants to find h2b visa jobs with local employers throughout the USA. To be eligible for a h2b visa you will need to be 18 years of age or over (no age limit), not work in a skilled profession and have a basic level of English.
Summer Jobs in the USA 2018
There are lots of international travel companies who offer summer jobs which include your visa and travel arrangements. Companies aso help you to find jobs whilst in the USA and these programs are a good way to spend a few months seeing a new part of the world whilst gaining work experience. Types of jobs available include working in tourism, hospitality and as a sports instructor. >There are flexible jobs and working holidays in the USA which allow you to travel and see more of this country. The USA is one of the worlds best countries to work in and there are also endless travel opportunities. You can find literally hundreds of jobs in the USA you could apply for, you might like to view our guide to working at a summer camp in the USA.
Football & Sports Instructor Jobs in the USA
If you have a passion for sports and want to share this in the USA next summer you could apply to work at a camp in America. Jobs are open for people who possess a high level of skill, experience and qualifications in particular sports activities. This is a great opportunity to put your sports leadership skills and coaching qualifications to good use at summer camp! USA summer sports jobs include being: tennis Instructors, gymnastics coaches, water-skiing / wakeboarding instructors, lifeguards, horse riding instructors, fencing coaches, archery instructors & swimming instructors.
Winter Jobs in the USA
In winter you could consider working at a American ski resort. There is a need for seasonal winter staff with roles including instructing ski lessons, assisting on ski slopes, lift operators, slope patrols and general ski resort staff. Imagine beginning your day instucting ski lessons at a world class resort in Colorado for example and spening the whole day in the mountains. Working a winter ski season is most people idea of a dream job. Types of jobs available is you are looking to work a winter ski season in the USA include hotel jobs front office staff, room attendants, reservation sales assistants, maintenance, restaurant/kitchen positions e.g. cook/server, cashiers, general helper/busser, ski lift operator, childcare assistant and also ski instructor.
You can find ski resorts throughout the country, popular places to seek winter employment in America include:
- Aspen/Denver in Colorado
- New York
USA Work & Travel Highlights
- Exploring New York City, no other city in the world compares!
- Going skiing in Colorado, some of the best slopes in the world are located here and also Boulder is a great place to be based
- Visiting the Grand Canyon which is simply breathtaking, there is also a new glass walk over the Canyon which is not for the feint hearted
- Wandering around and getting awestruct at the Yosemite National Park
- Helping at a National Park and help nature and conservation efforts
- Going to Disney World in Florida, there is fun to be had here for everyone
- Driving the legendary Route 66' highway and stopping off at small towns along the way
- Watching a live sporting event, there are so many to choose from including basketball, baseball, American Football, soccer and more
- Checking out the locals on South Beach, Miami
- Doing a road trip of California stopping off in places like Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara
- Seeing Niagara Falls on the border with Canada
How to Apply
You can search jobs in the USA above and enquire or apply today. Some companies offer structured programs in the USA, they will find you a job placement, arrange your visa and also book you on a group flight. What is usually included:
- A guaranteed placement
- Visa sponsorship
- Comprehensive medical insurance
- Advice and support during your stay in the States
- Orientation and training
- Assistance setting up a bank account and social insurance number
The price of a program really depends on what you would like to do, for example working at a summer camp can have a sign up fee of around £500 which includes flights. Wages when in country can vary dramatically depending on where you work, what job you do and what company employs you.
If you need any help arranging a job in the USA please get in touch. You might also like to view our jobs in Canada.
USA Work Abroad Reviews
If you have ever been to work in the States and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.
"If you are looking for a short term summer position then apply to work at a camp in the USA - I did and loved every minute of it" - Scott, UK
“I have gained many new skills and experiences, which will not only be good on a resume but have given me a far broader knowledge and understanding of the world.” - Hamish, New Zealand
“I decided to be an Au Pair as I felt that the job would be a very rewarding learning experience; the different culture and being away from home and family for a year, potentially two, is such a worthy way to spend time in your life.” - Emily, Cardiff, au pair in Minnesota with Cultural Care
"I did a working holiday in the States during uni, it was the best summer of my life" - Alex, Hungary
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