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Green Jobs

In Germany, skilled workers in the field of environmental and climate protection are more in demand than ever. Whether it's in agriculture, transport or energy – your contribution to a greener future counts.

Sustainable careers in green jobs

Are you looking for a job with a future? Then why not become part of the green economy in Germany and help build the sustainable world of tomorrow? Thanks to the energy transition and the decarbonisation of the economy, a wide range of new career opportunities are being generated in Germany’s key industries. 
This is why there is a high demand for international qualified professionals with an awareness of sustainability to fill “green jobs”.

The green economy in figures

Green tech “Made in Germany”

The energy transition, which aims to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045, is a catalyst for new jobs – hundreds of thousands of people are already employed in this sector in Germany, particularly in small and medium-sized enterprises. Germany’s leading sector – the automotive industry – is also becoming greener: the Federal Government is promoting innovative approaches to the further development of e-mobility and the continued expansion of charging points.

What is more, green technologies from Germany are in great demand worldwide, especially in the area of renewables. The environmental engineering sector in Germany is creating new innovation not only in the energy sector, but also in the development of new information and communication technologies. Renewables are already an important source of electricity in Germany today. In 2021, more than 41% of the electricity in Germany was already generated from wind, sun, water or biomass.

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What are green jobs?

Green jobs can be found in all sectors of the economy, ranging from traditional fields such as manufacturing, transport and construction, to emerging occupational fields, for example in the energy sector. To put it in a nutshell, green jobs are the basis for a successful energy transition and promote climate and environmental protection. 

People who have a qualification in engineering or technical professions as well as those with a link to the manufacturing and construction industry are particularly in demand in the green economy. These professions include the following:

  • Craftspeople (e.g. electronic technicians for energy and building technology, heating engineering, system mechanics and sanitary, heating and air-conditioning technology)
  • Engineers (e.g. energy consultants, environmental engineers, design engineers/developers, automotive engineers)
  • IT specialists (e.g. software developers, data scientists)

These professions are part of the following economic sectors:

  • Energy and electrical engineering (e.g. wind power, photovoltaics, solar power technology/installation)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Technical equipment and installations
  • Construction industry
  • Automotive industry (e.g. electric mobility)
  • Agriculture and farming

In many of these areas, employers have problems finding qualified staff – the perfect opportunity for you to find an attractive job!

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Do I need a visa?

As a citizen of the European Union, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need a visa or residence permit to work in Germany. Citizens of other countries do require a residence permit. Please refer to the "Visa" section to find out more about the work visa for qualified professionals and the EU Blue Card.

Next steps

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✔ Your career prospects: with our Quick-Check, you can find out about the opportunities available to you for working and living in Germany.

✔ The German labour market: find more information on job-hunting and get useful tips in our “Looking for a job” section. 

✔ Apply now: find a suitable position in our "Make it in Germany" job listings and use our tips for a successful job application in Germany.

Weitere Informationen im Web

  1. Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action Sustainable economy
  2. Facts about Germany Climate and energy in Germany
  3. Green working network Green working Germany

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