Work in Germany

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Why work in Germany?

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. German economy is growing and was less affected by the economic downturn than many others, but the population is shrinking which translates to a lower number of young professionals. Therefore, Germany needs more young skilled professionals from abroad and offers them excellent job prospects in a number of sectors of the vibrant labor market. Due to their high standards and quality, German brands are recognized and sold all over the world. Germany is also known for its top-notch science and research and is on the leading edge of renewable energies and green technology. It is home to many international companies, which can make your job search easier. While working in Germany, you will become part of it’s multicultural and open society, and will discover Germany’s dynamic urban landscapes – ranging from the capital Berlin, to regional metropolises such as Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Leipzig — each having its own unique character.

Facts and Figures

  • Germany is the largest consumer market in the European Union and therefore an attractive location for international and American business. US direct investment in Germany totaled $118 billion in 2013, making Germany the 12th largest destination of US direct investment abroad and the US the largest non-European investor in Germany.
  • Germany is the 5th largest export market for the United States.
  • More than 2,000 major American firms do business in German-speaking countries. US companies, such as Ford, Manpower Group, IBM or Amazon, accounted for about 632,000 jobs in Germany in 2012.

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Related Websites

Find out more about working in Germany on the “Make it in Germany” welcome portal of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

For ideas about career possibilities and internships with American companies in Germany visit the website of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the website of the US-German Internship Program.

For those interested in research, the Research in Germany portal gives you an overview of the German research landscape and funding system. Additionally, practical information supports foreign scientists and researchers in their decision to collaborate with German research organizations or to complete a research stay in Germany.

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