Due to its almost four per cent economic growth, Germany needs between 500,000 and 800,000 additional qualified immigrant workers in its work market. The most sought after professionals for this decade are those related to engineering and telecommunications.
At the end of 2010, Klaus Zimmerman, president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), stated that Germany needs qualified immigrant workers to sustain its economic growth. Thus, in the next paragraphs we will list the most wanted professionals in Germany.
Currently, professionals with the most chances for job opportunities in Germany are related mainly to four sectors: engineering, health, tourism and teaching. Most of the workers required by the German market are needed to fill vacant positions in industry and management.
It is worth mentioning that managers have the most chances to work in Germany, not only because they are highly demanded, but also because they are fit for several positions in small, medium and big businesses. In fact, many of them perform successfully as financial advisors or in the banking industry.
Germany is an industrial country; therefore it requires industrial engineers, civil engineers, computer engineers, health engineers and mechanical engineers. Also, telecommunications engineers, graphic designers and computer analysts are more and more necessary.
In the health field, nurses, doctors and odontologists are the most wanted professionals in the country. As for doctors, specialized professionals are preferred: othorhinolaryngologists, gynecologists, oncologists, etc. Also, the most wanted and best paid nurses in Germany are geriatric, with studies in therapy and rehabilitation.
In education, many pre-school, primary and secondary teachers are required, especially in science courses. University professors are also needed. It is worth mentioning that these professionals must be fluent in German, thus very few foreign citizens can fill those positions.
Other wanted professionals in Germany, according to official 2010 data, are economists, financial advisors and managers. There is also a need for professionals, logistics and transport technicians, electricians, painters, welders, mechanics, among others.
Highly qualified workers, i.e. scientists, teachers and specialists, can earn a minimum of 83,700 euros a year.
The least accessible jobs for immigrants in Germany are lawyers and accountants, as well as journalists and writers. In the first case, they must have a very good knowledge of German laws, which by the way are quite complex; and in the second case, they need to be proficient in German.