Career perspectives

Top job prospects for engineers

A study by the Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities in Germany forecasts excellent prospects in the German economy, especially for mechanical engineers. The study warns of an acute shortage of engineers in the coming years. They estimate a yearly requirement of 10,000 graduates in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths). However, because only 90,000 are being trained each year, by 2020 there could be a shortage of approximately 200,000 skilled engineers.

For this reason skilled specialists are highly sought-after worldwide, not only in the traditional engineering sectors such as the automobile industry or plant construction. Other key areas such as the chemicals industry and the energy sector also promise interesting career opportunities. Sound knowledge, high flexibility and the ability to adapt to new responsibilities quickly and effectively, are critical for the rapidly changing technologies in industry.

Varied career pathways

  • Production engineering
  • Design/Development
  • Programming and development of electronic components
  • Robotics/Industrial handling
  • Construction processes
  • Mechatronic products
  • Quality assurance
  • Sensors and automation
  • Medical engineering
  • Materials research
  • Soft and hardware development
  • Customer support and sales