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Unveiling Germany’s Hidden Gems: High-Demand Careers You Didn’t Know Existed

The labour shortage in Germany is no longer just about nursing staff and IT specialists. Anyone who moves through cities in Germany will see on vehicles, in shops, in front of restaurants and on billboards how many companies are desperately looking for employees. The shortage of skilled workers is considered a serious threat to the Germany economy. Demographic developments with stagnating numbers of school leavers and a growing number of people retiring from the workforce will exacerbate this situation in the upcoming years. For some professions the shortage has been a decade old problem, and its well known that Germany is looking for international skilled professionals to come in and fill the gap. For more information on the largest gaps and the professions in which international applicants have high chances check out our corresponding blog article.

Erzieher/in (early childhood educator)

Erzieher play a crucial role in nurturing and educating children from infancy to primary school age. They usually work in Kindergarten (pre-schools which are free of cost in some states) and their responsibilities are diverse and engaging. They create stimulating learning environments, plan age-appropriate activities that foster cognitive, social, and emotional development, and provide emotional support to young children. Erzieher also collaborate with parents and guardians to ensure a holistic approach to a child’s well-being.

The demand for Erzieher is rapidly growing across Germany. This is due to factors like rising birth rates and government initiatives promoting early childhood education. Some states experiencing a particularly high need for Erzieher include Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Bavaria. In Germany, Erzieher is a vocational education (Ausbildung) and takes around 3 years to complete. If you want to work as an Erzieher in Germany, its important that you have a background in childhood education. Further, as you will be dealing with children and their parents, its also crucial that you speak German fluently (level B2 or higher) before starting the recognition process or applying for jobs. (If you do not speak any German yet, but want to be informed about future opportunities for English-Speaker, you can register here. )

Fachkräfte für den Tiefbau

Germany’s infrastructure might seem like magic – a seamless network of roads, railways, and utilities that keeps the country running. But behind the scenes lies a vital force: the diverse world of skilled professions in civil engineering.  These aren’t the glamorous engineering roles you might expect. Instead, they’re the hands-on careers that build the foundation of German infrastructure.

From the skilled construction workers (Tiefbau Facharbeiter) who handle excavation and groundwork, to Rohrleitungsbauer specializing in intricate pipe-laying systems, vocational professions in the civil engineering sector in Germany offer a range of opportunities.  Kanalbauer ensure the smooth flow of wastewater, while Brunnenbauer tap into vital groundwater resources. Gleisbauer meticulously construct and maintain the intricate networks of railway tracks. Each role plays a crucial part in building and maintaining the unseen infrastructure that keeps Germany connected and functioning.

For these professions it is important to have a vocational education (such as Diploma or ITI certificate) from a college/institute that is government-recognized in India and was at least a two-year course. This would be the base to start the recognition process. Furthermore, it is recommended that for employment in Germany in these professions a B1 level is achieved, however if you have completed your A2 you could already start applying for jobs.

If you have a corresponding qualification in these professions and at least 2 years of experience in India, you could also consider applying to the Hand in Hand for International Talents Project even if you do not speak any German yet.

Berufe in der Augenoptik (Ophthalmic Professions)

Ophthalmic Professions play a vital role in ensuring clear vision and eye health for the population. These professions encompass a range of specialists who diagnose vision problems, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide essential eye care services. The aging population in Germany is driving up demand for eye care services. This, coupled with a lack of young people entering the field, has created a shortage of qualified professionals.

If you want to work as an Optician (Augenoptiker) or Optometrist, you will need a vocational degree or academic degree from India and will have to go through the recognition process for TVET professions. As you will have a role that is a mix between sales, craft of making glasses and diagnostics, we recommend a B1 or B2 level here.

For working as an Ophthalmologist you will need a university degree from a UGC approved University and will have to go through the recognition process for healthcare professionals which includes passing a German language exam on medical terminology.

Accounting and Controlling Positions

The account department are the backbone of any financially sound organization. These professionals ensure accurate financial data tracking, analyze costs, and provide valuable insights to optimize financial health. Germany’s strong economy has led to an increase in business activities, creating a demand for skilled accounting professionals. However, the number of graduates in accounting hasn’t kept pace, leading to a shortage.

For positions such as accountant (Buchhalter, Kostenrechner) or controller its important to have a background in accounting or a relevant degree in business administration and be familiar with German accounting practices. This might require some training or specialization in Germany itself. Just working with numbers, is German really required? Think again, for understand the Haben-und-Soll-Rechnung and following all required standards, fluent German will be requirement.  


Tierarzt (Veterinarian) is a highly sought-after profession responsible for the health and well-being of animals. Veterinarians diagnose and treat animal illnesses, perform surgeries, and provide preventive care to ensure animal welfare. The popularity of pet ownership and an increased focus on animal well-being have led to a surge in demand for veterinary services. However, veterinary studies require a dedicated university degree, limiting the number of qualified professionals.

For becoming a Tierarzt in Germany you need to have completed a veterinary medicine program at a UGC recognized university in India and passed the state exam. Additionally, you will have to go through the recognition process for medical professionals and must also pass a language exam in German.

Germany’s job market is brimming with possibilities that extend far beyond the well-trodden paths. The professions we’ve explored – from shaping young minds as an Erzieher to the intricacies of civil engineering, or the vital world of veterinary medicine – all offer exciting career opportunities with excellent job security and a chance to make a real impact.

If you have a background and work experience in any of these “hidden gem” professions, consider taking advantage of the high demand in Germany. With the right qualifications and a proactive approach, you could find yourself embarking on a rewarding and fulfilling career path in the heart of Europe.