Germany's leading industries

Germany’s leading industries have one thing in common: They are at face level with global market leaders, and their innovative strength allows them to reinvent themselves time and again. In order to sustain their growth, these industries need qualified professionals from around the world to contribute their expertise and creative potential. Even as of today, many industries and regions experience a shortage of qualified professionals. Here, you can find out more about Germany’s top industries and their strengths, allowing you to consider your personal prospects in the individual areas.

Health and care

The German medical and healthcare industry offers many interesting opportunities for healthcare professionals and is characterised by state-of-the-art technology and equipment. In an aging society, the health and care sector is facing the increasingly difficult challenge of sustaining high quality care standards for more and more people. This is only possible with the help of qualified staff. more

IT and telecommunications

The German industry for IT and telecommunications is home to many creative minds whose inventions and developments benefit the innovative strength of many other sectors, too. In particular, the industry needs more IT specialists, so that it can sustain its position as the largest IT market in Europe. more

Aerospace engineering

The environment, communication, safety, mobility and the study of the planet Earth and the solar system – this is in essence what the German aerospace industry is all about. Aerospace research benefits from substantial state funding and involves a large number of key strategic technologies. more

Automotive engineering

Germany is the fourth largest automotive manufacturer in the world. Suppliers from many other German industries rely on its success, which – as the record year 2011 proved – is considerable. No other German industry invests as much into research and development as the automotive industry. more

Chemicals and pharmaceuticals

Whether it is medication or high-tech glue – the number and variety of products the chemicals and pharmaceutical industry has to offer is enormous. No wonder, since the German chemicals and pharmaceutical industry is the largest in Europe. The multitude of new products the industry introduces to the market corresponds to its position in research investments where it ranks third in the world. more

Medical technology

Medical technology from Germany is used in many parts of the world. The industry’s success is due to its extraordinary innovative strength. In order to be able to sustain this leading position, many companies are looking for trained professionals. more

Mechanical engineering

The German mechanical and plant engineering sector is a real heavyweight in many aspects. Not only is it leading at the European level but, in terms of export, it is also number one worldwide. Moreover, the mechanical and plant engineering industry is the largest employer in Germany. more

Electrical engineering and electronics

In the German electrical engineering and electronics industry, energy efficiency is top of the agenda. This industry which includes everything from household appliances and consumer electronics to chip and nano technology relies heavily on cutting-edge research. more

Steel and metal industry

The steel and metal industry is very important for the German economy because it has many ties with other industries such as mechanical engineering or the automotive industry. Over the past few years, the industry has experienced rapid growth and a surge in the number of people employed. more

Precision engineering and optics

Spearheaded by optical and laser technologies, the German precision engineering and optics industry has come a long way since the marginal existence it used to lead. Today, the industry is renowned around the world for its innovative products, of which around two thirds are exported to other countries. more

Energy and environmental technology

In Germany, the energy and environmental technology industries are particularly focused on renewable energy. The aim is to generate 80 percent of the country’s electricity from alternative sources by the year 2050. In environmental technology, the focus is on a more sensible and economical use of the resources available. more

Building and construction

With a total of 2.2 million employees, the German construction industry contributes more than its fair share to value creation in Germany – and to the many up- and downstream industries which benefit from it. With a view to climate change, research in this industry places a special emphasis on development and redevelopment that improves the environmental footprint of buildings and construction. more