What are the most highly demanded jobs in Germany? – We’ve talked about the reality of finding work in Berlin and the various factors that come into play when you’re looking for a job. A message we’ll continue to communicate over and over, is that it’s easier for some to find a job in Germany than it is for others. You need to take into account where you’re from, your education, the languages you speak, and whether or not your job is in demand.

If you work in a profession that’s in demand in Germany, you have a very good chance of finding work in the country. What’s more, being fluent in German will only increase your chances, as your pool of potential employment opportunities will be even greater.

What are the most highly demanded jobs in Germany?

Although migration has slowed down since the start of pandemic, Germany’s need for skilled workers hasn’t diminished. In fact, it’s expected that this need will only continue to grow. This is positive news for anyone looking to build a life for themselves in Berlin, or another German locale.

According to deutschland.de, these are the most highly demanded jobs in Germany:

  1. Software developers, architects, and programmers
  2. Electronics engineers, electricians, and electrical fitters
  3. Nurses
  4. IT consultants and analysts
  5. Economists and business management experts
  6. Customer advisors and account managers
  7. Production assistants
  8. Sales representatives and assistants
  9. Sales and product managers
  10. Architects and civil engineers

This top ten list doesn’t fully represent all of the in demand professions. Keep in mind ancillary professions as well, like software development for example.

Companies don’t just need people to develop new features, they need QA engineers to test the code, security experts to protect the organization’s data, and engineering managers to lead the tech teams.

My job is in demand, now what?

More work is needed to make your dreams of moving to Berlin come true. We recommend taking these steps:

1) Check into whether or not you need a visa to work in Germany, and if yes, which type.

Who doesn’t need a visa? Citizens from the 26 countries within the European Union (EU) can live and work anywhere in the Schengen area without restrictions.

Who needs a visa? All non-European citizens (including the United Kingdom) generally need visas to work in Germany. Citizens from some countries are permitted to enter the country and stay for 90 days with a tourist visa. During this time, you’re not permitted to work, but you can look for work and/or apply for a visa. Citizens from other countries must apply for a visa before coming to Germany, which makes things more complicated and time consuming.

If you’re not from the EU, check out Germany’s visa regulations to find out about your specific situation.

Once you confirm whether or not you need a visa, you can then figure out which visa works best for you. You may qualify for a Blue Card, a regular working permit, or even, the job seeker’s visa.

Each visa has different requirements, with many requiring proof of a university degree or vocational training. If you don’t have a degree, but have related work experience and/or qualifications, an immigration lawyer may be helpful in securing a visa. If a company has extended an offer to you, you can also work with their HR team to create a compelling case that will help you get your visa approved.

2) Determine if further education is required, and if yes, what you need to do.

You may be exceptionally well educated and have years of related working experience in an in demand professions listed above. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can just come to Germany and start work right away.

There are a number of professions, like law, nursing, and teaching, that require your professional qualifications (Berufsqualifikation) be officially recognized in Germany. The evaluation of foreign qualifications in Germany is carried out by Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB). If your qualifications aren’t recognized, you may need to do things like take an assessment test or a conversion course to prove your qualifications. Note, qualifications can vary by German state.

Watch this video about how one man went about having his vocational qualifications in Germany recognized.

If you’re having difficulty getting your qualifications recognized, there’s still more you can do.

3) Figure out if German fluency is required and if yes, how much.

While there are some English speaking jobs in Berlin and English is becoming a more common language in the workplace, 96% of all jobs in Germany require German!

There’s no getting around it. Some professions require you to be fluent in the German language, as do some companies.

Research the requirements for your profession. Look at job ads to see how strict the language requirements are. For example, software developers often don’t need to know German to find a job, while working as a nurse absolutely requires German.

4) Determine the best German city or region for your profession.

While this site is about moving to Berlin and finding work, maybe Berlin isn’t the best city or region for you. You may have a better chance at finding work in Stuttgart, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, or Hamburg.

Use Google like a pro and search for something like, “Best German cities to work as a <insert profession here>“. Typically, results will yield plenty of useful and insightful content.

You can also look on job platforms like Xing, LinkedIn, or Indeed to see how various German cities compare. For example, there could be 500 available jobs in Munich and only 75 in Berlin.

All of this information will help inform you about which places in Germany have the best job prospects.

5) Research salaries and cost of living.

Once you know that you have a job that’s in demand in Germany, research salary ranges and cost of living.

Don’t be surprised, if salaries are much more or significantly less than what you’re making now. German salaries vary by city, with Berlin salaries being on the lower side. Bigger companies tend to pay higher than startups who are often cash strapped.

You can further check average salary ranges on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and GEHALT.de. This home grown spreadsheet, where locals in Berlin have “honestly” entered their salaries may prove helpful as well. We’re not sure how accurate the data actually is, but you can still use the spreadsheet to get a general idea.

Use this calculator to find out what your net salary is after taxes and other deductions. Note, tax rates vary depending on whether you’re married, how old you are, have children, go to church, which state you live in, and even if you live in the former East or West of Germany.

Say you’re single, childless, not religious, and live in Berlin. A gross salary of €50,000 per year translates to roughly €31,467 after all deductions.

The amount of taxes, as well as contributions deducted from your salary, may be lower or higher than what you’re used to. While salary deductions may seem high to some people, it covers a lot of things. If you need to visit a doctor or become unemployed, you’ll (generally) be taken care of and won’t go broke. You can expect to enjoy a high standard of living here, something that really sets Germany apart from many other countries

Last but not least, check the cost of living to see how the figures into your personal situation. Also, see my personal monthly expenses for living in Berlin.

Taking a look at your expected salary and living expenses can help you objectively evaluate your career opportunities in Germany.

Now you know which jobs are most in demand in Germany and what you can do next to make moving to Berlin and starting work a reality.

How The Berlin Life Can Help You

1) If you like this post, check out some of our free guides about working in Berlin:

2) Get support from our growing community on Facebook – connect with other job seekers, be invited to career workshops, ask questions, be alerted to new job opportunities, and more.

3) Start building your professional network in Berlin on LinkedIn, by adding yourself to our connection list.

4) Browse detailed career guides, like our recent, Step-By-Step Guide To Crafting A Cover Letter To Help You Get Noticed By German Employers.

5) If you want some one on one coaching to develop a customized CV or cover letter, you can also book a session with me – Cheryl, founder of The Berlin Life.

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About Our Author

  • A Canadian who’s been living in Berlin for 10 years. Cheryl’s moved here not once, but twice. During her time in Berlin, she’s had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and permanent employee for a number of Berlin companies. She even managed to find a new job during the pandemic. That said, Cheryl knows what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.