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Anonymous asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastIsrael · 4 years ago

I'm not Jewish but I would like to work in Israel. (Being non-Jewish makes it difficult) What career or degree would you recommend? Ideas?

8 Answers

  • Shay p
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
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    Being none Jewish will not be difficult, you will not be discriminated against based on your religion.

    Try fore one of these... ‎Medical Professionals


    Doctors trained abroad are generally able to become licensed and find positions in Israel. It is advisable to train as a specialist, as it is more difficult for general practitioners to find placements. It’s important to be aware that residencies are longer in Israel than they are in North America, and you may be required to complete the residency requirement before becoming licensed in Israel. Time spent working in a hospital abroad, even after the completion of your residency, does count toward the residency requirements. Therefore, it is recommended to stay affiliated with a hospital after your residency and not to immediately join a private practice.

    Studying Medicine in Israel is very different than in the US. In Israel, medical programs are generally 7 years (as opposed to the pre-med and med track). Admission requirements are extremely competitive, as there are only a limited number of medical programs.

    You must have a Psychometric score in order to apply to any Israeli Medical School, and some programs require applicants to hold Israeli citizenship at the time of applying. There are American programs available for students who have a BA from abroad (not from Israel). The American programs are significantly more expensive than the Israeli programs, but the acceptance requirements are also less stringent, and it is therefore easier to get accepted to these programs. These programs follow the US system of the pre-med and med track. There are several programs throughout Israel, such as Sackler at Tel Aviv University, The Bruce Rappaport Medical School at the Technion, etc. Keep in mind that students at Sackler must return to the U.S. for residency.

    Physician’s Assistant

    The PA profession does not yet have approval from the Ministry of Health. However, there have been a number of new opportunities in this field such as at Reut Medical Center (Tel Aviv)- who have been hiring PAs. Maital Stern- an olah of ours, is working there. Maital is available as a contact for PAs:

    Also, Terem- Israeli Emergency Medicine centers, has just started running their own in-house PA program for paramedics and nurses, that hold an Israeli license, and are already working at Terem, and will continue to do so. Dr. David Zlotnick-head of Terem, and a former Oleh of NBN can be contacted at

    In addition, the Herzog Medical center have taken on a PA in the past. Please contact Dr. Adi Sasson: 02-5316814: 050-828850 You can also visit their website at

    For further information, or you can check with a Nefesh B’Nefesh employment counselor at for more details.


    Dentists trained and licensed abroad are required to take licensing exams in Israel. Most Olim in the field do successfully find employment either working in a health clinic or in private practice.

    Like Medical School, dentistry programs are extremely competitive and difficult to get into. Psychometric scores are required for all applicants (SAT scores are not sufficient). The 2 main dentistry programs are offered at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University.

    Read more about being a Dentist in Israel


    Nurses are in demand in Israel, but, unlike the other medical professionals, they must have a high level of Hebrew proficiency in order to pass the nursing exam and become licensed to practice. If you’re interested in becoming a nurse, you may want to consider going to Nursing School in Israel.

    There are many nursing programs offered throughout Israel. Usually, a nursing program will be associated with a specific hospital. The programs are very hands- on and include rotations in the various hospital departments as well as lectures. Hebrew is essential for this field of study. Nursing programs are easier to get into than medical programs.

    Read more about being a Nurse in Israel


    In Israel, training as an optometrist is a 2-year degree program, and optometrists are more limited in the scope of their responsibilities. Unlike in North America, they are not doctors and cannot write prescriptions. However, optometrists who are in private practice and also dispense eyeglasses have the potential to earn a comfortable living.

    Bar Ilan has a great optometry program. Michlelet Hadassah in Jerusalem also offers optometry.

    Read more about being a Optometrist in Israel

    Medical Technicians

    There are opportunities in Israel for medical technicians such as those who specialize in x-ray and ultrasound. These jobs, however, are not high paying.

    Read more about being a Lab Technician in Israel


    After passing a licensing exam, pharmacists are able to work in their field in Israel. Some Olim find that it is more worthwhile financially to apply their knowledge and experience to industry, such as biotech or pharmaceutical companies, than to work as salaried pharmacists.

    There is an excellent pharmacology program at Hebrew University.

    Read more about being a Pharmacist in Israel


    NOTE: Due to the language- intensive nature of the mental health fields, it is imperative for professionals to have strong Hebrew language skills. We recommend that you start working on your Hebrew well in advance of Aliyah.


    The Ministry of Health will recognize you as a psychologist if you hold an MA degree. However, in order to become licensed as a psychologist in Israel, you will need 80 academic credits in the field. Therefore, if you come with a BA as well as an MA in psychology, it is possible to satisfy this requirement without necessarily going for a Ph.D. There are opportunities for psychologists both in the public and private sectors.

    While the acceptance requirements for an Israeli BA program in psychology can be difficult, the requirements for an MA are nearly impossible. It is VERY difficult to get into an MA program in psychology in Israel, and many students end up changing their degree tracks. Coming with an MA is definitely preferable. Clinical Psychology is the most difficult psychology track to get into.

    Read more about being a Psychologist in Israel

    Social Workers

    Olim who come with a BSW or an MSW find it relatively easy to transfer their licenses to Israel, and there are opportunities available in both the public and private sectors. Social work is a relatively low paying field, though those with an MSW will command a somewhat higher salary.

    Social Workers in Israel must be proficient in Hebrew. While there are several Social Work programs in Israel – Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, and Ben Gurion University – many students choose to obtain a BA degree only. Unlike MSW programs the U.S., you must have at least 2 years of experience in the field in order to apply for an MSW program in Israel. Those who pursue a graduate degree are usually interested in academia or research.

    The Social Work degree in Israel is very much a hands-on degree. Starting in the second year, students are already doing field work. This allows BA graduates to be prepared for work straight out of university.

    Read more about being a Social Worker in Israel

    Family Therapists/Counselors

    The Ministry of Health does not recognize degrees in these fields and will only officially license psychologists and social workers.

    Shiluv offers a family therapy training program –


    The development of the global economy combined with recent changes in Israeli tax laws has broadened the types of work opportunities that are available in the world of finance and banking. It is advisable to come with at least a year or two of experience in a bank or investment firm.

    MBA programs are offered in many of the Israeli Universities – Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Technion University, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University and Ben Gurion University. There are also a number of American programs that are offered at Bar Ilan, Tel Aviv University and IDC – the Interdisciplinary School in Herzliya. These programs are offered in English and range from 1 to 2 years. They are significantly more expensive than the Israeli MBA programs.

    Read more about working in Banking and Finance in Israel

    HI TECH:

    The hi-tech sector is strong and generally commands some of the highest salaries in the market. The field includes not just developers and programmers but also QA, technical writers, tech support and hi-tech marketing. Even if you’re not a “techie”, experience that you’ve gained in the market is helpful. For example, if you’ve worked in PR or sales and marketing for a hi-tech firm abroad, it will help you as you approach the Israeli market. In contrast, PR experience in another industry is not necessarily helpful in landing employment in hi-tech in Israel.

    Read more about being working in Hi Tech in Israel


    Engineers are in strong demand in Israel. Electronic and hardware engineers with experience in Realtime and hardware development find a particularly positive market, with jobs available throughout the country. Engineers’ salaries are on the higher end of the pay scale.

    Israeli companies require job candidates to have academic degrees. A degree from a recognized academic institution is more valuable than a degree from a technical college.

    The Technion specializes in all areas of engineering. Any student considering studying this field in Israel should look into the programs at the Technion.

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  • Logan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Linguistics. Translating is always big in a foreign country. Computer Science or some form of engineering would also always be handy. Every first world country needs engineers.

    Going into the education field would also be useful. Teachers are needed everywhere, and I'm sure there are international schools in Israel, so you would be able to teach in English. Being a tutor falls into that category as well. Being an English teacher too, for that matter.

    Hope this helps!

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  • 4 years ago

    I have friends who work at Intel and they spend a great deal of time in Israel and have been offered jobs there on the campus. I would think that finding a multi-national company that has a large presence in Israel could get your foot in the door there for a longer term engagement.

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  • Kevin7
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Israel has many non-Jewish citizens,visitors and permanent residents. You should try to work in a field you are best suited for by work experience or educational training

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  • 4 years ago

    > Being non-Jewish makes it difficult

    You are projecting your insecurity.

    It is simply hard to find good paying work in Israel for anyone.

    Being a foreign person makes it harder

    (much like in the US -- where there are laws that require a company to show that it was not able to hire Americans before it can hire a foreign citizen)

    • 4 years agoReport

      Moron. Insecurity? It is hard to move there and work if you aren't. I'm acknowledging the truth of it.

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  • 4 years ago

    You can work on construction.

    Are you able to speak Chinese?


    A second threat arrived from the U.S. State Department: to put Israel on a blacklist of countries engaged in human trafficking. Both threats were based on testimony that to receive an Israeli work permit, foreign workers must pay bribes — illegal fees to manpower companies in China and Israel.


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  • 4 years ago

    Don't bother. Israel is for Jews not you. If you support Israel then send money to Israel.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    You could work on a Kibbutz and release a person to do military service.

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