High Tech: High-Tech Nomads

These engineers work as temps on wireless projects all over the world

Paul Finster Fleming has wandered the world for the past seven years. His British passport boasts stamps from 45 countries. He has lived in chilly Brussels and sunny Rio de Janeiro. He met his wife in India. Their growing brood--now numbering five--accompanied them to Washington for a year. Yet in all that time, the engineer, 43, hasn't had a permanent job.

Fleming is a global temp worker, a modern-day nomad who jets off every year or so to a new locale, where he contracts out to companies desperate for engineers savvy in mobile communications. He is earning three to four...