Working in Germany: the official website
for qualified professionals
 

Diverse development opportunities for Engineers

Become part of Industry 4.0!

Germany is famous for its engineering expertise and the quality of its machines and plants, electrotechnical products and cars. The use of digital technologies leads to diverse new perspectives and business models for companies and their employees, in particular for engineers.
 

Industry 4.0 figures in Germany

40 billion euros

of investments in Industry 4.0 applications planned until 2020.

20% of companies

in the automotive industry already use self-controlling systems.

Your career prospects

As an engineer, Germany offers you many career prospects; your qualifications are in demand in many economic sectors. The field of research and development (R&D) is currently experiencing a high level of job growth for engineers. The following branches are also currently particularly in demand: 

  • Automation technology 
  • Supervision of construction planning and architecture 
  • Automotive industry, including electromobility and autonomous driving
  • Renewable energies and environmental protection 
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)

As an engineer, you can work in various fields, for example in technical production planning and management, in quality assurance, in construction or in machine and model construction. Many well-qualified engineers work in management positions.

Do I need a visa?

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

Tip: If it is proving difficult to find a job position from abroad, it is possible to enter Germany for a period of 6 months after completing your studies in order to look for a job. You can find out which conditions need to be fulfilled in order to apply for a visa for jobseekers at visa for jobseekers

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Would you like to work in research as an engineer and need a visa to work in Germany? Then you have two options. You can either apply for a visa for research or the EU Blue Card for this purpose. You should therefore check the requirements for each residence permit and whether you fulfil them.

Next steps

✔ 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 employment market: Find out more about Jobhunting and get useful tips in our section “Looking for a job”.

✔ 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.

Tip: Knowledge of German is not mandatory in order to work as an engineer in Germany. However, speaking German will make your entry into the labour market and your day-to-day life in Germany easier. You can find more information on learning opportunities in the Learning German section.
 

Information on the web

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

The Association of German Engineers (VDI)

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