Every year, around 300,000 foreigners emigrate to Germany to seek their fortune here. But what jobs are there for immigrants in Germany?
The fact is that German is spoken in Germany. So in order to fully enter the German workforce, it makes sense to know the language.
Although many think that speaking English is enough to find a job in Germany, this is not true. The competition among immigrants coming to Germany every day is getting tougher and tougher, so knowledge of German is a crucial factor, very often essential to find a job.
Theoretically, foreigners can do any kind of work in Germany as long as they have at least B1 level in German.
What jobs do expats do in Germany?
Apart from a few skilled workers who have highly qualified jobs, such as engineers, technicians or doctors, most immigrants in Germany have other jobs.
Many immigrants work in this sector in Germany. We are talking mainly about bricklayers, tilers, carpenters and unskilled workers. This type of work often requires at least a basic knowledge of the German language in order to accurately understand the work to be done. It may happen that knowledge of German is not required if there are compatriots in the team who speak the language and can act as interpreters.
German factories are always looking for workers to do all kinds of work. Car, food, and other factories hire directly or through staffing agencies. It is also possible to find work through one of the many temporary agencies that exist throughout the country.
Hiring agencies are agencies that hire their employees and send them to companies that need them for a certain period of time. In this case, too, a basic knowledge of the German language is required in order to be able to communicate in the workplace.
Logistics workers are always in high demand in Germany, from warehouse workers to couriers to anyone else in the supply chain. Apart from some international companies (e.g. Amazon) and only for certain jobs for which knowledge of English is sufficient, knowledge of German is required in all other cases, although the level of knowledge varies depending on the function.
Jobs in the health sector are in high demand, and nurses are the most sought after in Germany. In order to do this type of work, you need to have a foreign degree in nursing, and you need to have a very good command of the German language. This is easy to understand, because you are dealing with patients, administering medications, performing therapies, etc. Misunderstandings or the inability to fully understand patients are absolutely unacceptable. In this context, many agencies offer language courses for nurses who want to work in Germany.
Jobs in the hospitality industry are very popular among immigrants in Germany.
There are many foreigners working in restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. There are thousands of pizza makers, waiters, dishwashers, cooks and bartenders working both permanently and temporarily during the summer season. This type of work has two benefits: Food and lodging are sometimes provided, and some jobs (cook, pizza maker, dishwasher, etc.) do not require knowledge of German.
Looking for jobs in Germany
To search for these jobs, you can travel to Germany and give your CV to the venues there.
The other option is to look for work over the Internet and not leave until you find a job.