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SKILLED JOBS IN GERMANY { Sustainable careers in green jobs }

by Fahid Safdar

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

Around 300,000 employees

in the renewable
energy sector.

2.2 million

photovoltaic systems
in Germany.

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 per cent of the electricity in Germany was already generated from wind, sun, water or biomass. 

What are green jobs?

People look at miniature wind turbines

Green jobs can be found in all sectors of the economy, ranging from traditional areas such as manufacturing, and transport and buildings, to nascent opportunities for employment in areas such as 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 technical or engineering qualification and those with a link to the manufacturing and construction industries are particularly in demand in the green economy. These professions include:

  • Craftspeople (e.g. electronics technicians for energy and building services, heating engineers, plant mechanics – 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)

from the following economic sectors:

  • Energy and electrical engineering (e.g. wind power, photovoltaics)
  • 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!

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

[Translate to English:] Nächste Schritte

✔ 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.

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