What are the most popular professions these days

Germany's most popular jobs

The German economy is booming and is primarily looking for workers in certain sectors. From 2012 to 2017 alone, the number of employees rose by 2.88 million to 32.16 million - a record.

The ten most frequently searched professions in Germany:

  1. Software developer and programmer
  2. Electronics technicians, electricians, electrical installers
  3. Health and Healthcare
  4. IT consultants, IT analysts
  5. Economist, business economist
  6. Account managers, customer advisors, account managers
  7. Production assistants
  8. Sales people, sales assistants
  9. Sales manager, product manager
  10. Architects, civil engineers

Source: DEKRA Akademie 2018

The federal government is planning an immigration law for foreign skilled workers. It will make it easier for international applicants to look for a job in Germany. But qualified applicants from abroad already have many chances of finding a well-paid job in Germany.

These industries and professions offer the best prospects for foreign skilled workers:


Around 5,000 doctors are missing in German clinics and practices. Anyone with a foreign degree in human medicine has been able to obtain a license to practice medicine in Germany since 2012. This applies to candidates from EU countries and from non-European countries. The qualification must be recognized as equivalent to the German medical training.

Engineering professions

Mechanical engineering and vehicle construction, electrical engineering, structural engineering, information technology and telecommunications are particularly popular with engineers.

MINT - mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology

Academics from the MINT subjects have very good opportunities in private companies, but the large research institutes of the Max Planck and Fraunhofer Societies also offer attractive jobs.

Skilled workers

Applicants with a qualified professional qualification have good job opportunities in Germany. This also applies to candidates from countries outside the European Union, provided they meet these requirements: In the profession must

  • there is a shortage of skilled workers,
  • there is a concrete job offer,
  • the training must be equivalent to a German qualification.

Specialists are currently in demand in nursing - in old people's homes and hospitals.

Four link tips for international applicants:

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