Career Opportunities in the US


Did you know that knowledge of German gives you an average annual salary boost of 4% in the US and in Europe even more? About 3,500 German majority-owned business operations are present in the US. Germany is a significant trading partner with the US and German investment in the US is associated with efficient technologies, a high degree of value added, and well-paid jobs. German companies such as Adidas, BASF, Bayer, Bosch, Lufthansa, SAP, Siemens, T-Mobile or Volkswagen, employ over 620,000 workers in the US, making them the third largest group of foreign employers in the US. German will take you anywhere! Knowing German enhances your employment opportunities not only in business but also in government,medicine and health care, education, technology, travel and tourism industry, translation and interpreting, and journalism and publishing.

Facts and Figures

  • German businesses accounted for almost 11% of the 5.8 million in-sourced jobs in the US in 2012.
  •  With about $209 billion as of Year-End 2013 Germany is the 7th largest foreign investor in the US. More than 4,700 companies in the US benefited from German direct investment in 2013.
  • Almost half of the jobs created by German companies are in manufacturing. Among foreign affiliates in the US, German companies provide the 2nd highest number of jobs in this sector. German businesses therefore play a key role in the US efforts to strengthen their industrial base.
  • Most surveyed companies in the US would choose someone with German literacy over an equally qualified candidate.

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Related Websites

Connect with your local German-American Chamber of Commerce to find out more about the German-American ties in your region and possible employment opportunities.

Visit the website of the Germany-USA Career Center, the leading recruiting source for U.S.-German and German-American markets. It provides employment, career and search services for companies and individuals in the US and in Germany.

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