From the early 2000’s until 2015, Kazakhstan was booming and it has been a goldmine for expats. Since 2015, a bust-cycle has started and there are less jobs, but you can still earn a lot of money if you find the right job, and the typical perks for the Western expat remain: high, untaxed income, First World living at Third World prices and strong female competition for male expats.
If you don’t have a useful degree but can speak decent English, you can become an English teacher. Other languages are less in demand. There are plenty of private language schools willing to employ a foreigner. You will not be able to get a work permit for this type of job, so you will need to organize your stay some other way – most likely, you will need a residence permit or possibly a student visa. You will get paid between 5-10$ per hour. You can use the classes to build your brand and get students for private lessons, where you can earn a multiple of this.
If you are a native speaker and have a relevant degree, you can apply to teach at one of the private schools in Almaty, Astana or Aqtau. This is where money is made. Expect to earn between 5000$ and 8000$ per month. The schools take really good care of their teachers and it’s an easy life, except for the occasional angry mafioso who comes to threaten you because his kid didn’t get the right grade. Private tutoring of the children of the elite can be even more profitable.
This can also be highly profitable if you find the right rich family. The kids as well as the parents are likely to be mentally unstable freaks, but if you’re lucky, you will have to work little and get a big fat paycheck every week, if you can swallow your disgust for their antics.
If you have marketable skills
Marketable skills in Kazakhstan means: anything to do with the oil, engineering, construction or finance industries. Most likely you are already working for a multinational company and they decided to send you to Kazakhstan. If you happen to have ended up in Kazakhstan, looking for a job and reading this page, Internations organises events where professionals come to network (and hook up). Every city also has its expat bars where you might meet other foreigners who can land you a job. The company should take care of the work permit in this case.