Australia and Germany – the job market and beyond

We hope that the second Infosheet arrived safely in your inboxes. This week we are focusing on the beliebtesten Berufe (most popular jobs) now, and in the future – but how do Australia and Germany compare? Are they similar, or completely different? Read on to find out!

Let’s start by looking at the overall job market. Both Australia and Germany have extremely low unemployment rates of 5.7% and 4.3%, respectively (compared to countries such as Argentina or  Greece with unemployment rates of 10.9% and 25.6%, respectively, we are doing very well!). Whilst some level of unemployment will always be present in an economy, due to changing industries and technological advances, these low unemployment rates indicate that both Australia and Germany have a fairly strong economy!

The most common job in Germany right now is Kaufmann/ Kauffrau im Einzelhandel (businessman/ businesswoman in the retail industry). Interestingly, the most common job in Australia is salespeople in retail, so we’re looking pretty similar at this stage… but how about the future?


The five jobs with the most promising future in Germany over the next decade are:

  1. Wirtschaftsmathematiker/-in (econometrician): the global financial crisis highlighted the need for individuals who are able to estimate the risks and opportunities of investments or who are able to make cost-intensive decisions
  2. Altenpfleger/-in (carer or nurse for the elderly): with Germany’s ageing population, it is no surprise that the demand for Altenpfleger/-innen is continually increasing
  3. Softwareentwickler/-in (software developer): a lack of current software developers paired with an increasing demand for these has made the job market very for graduates in this field of study
  4. IT-Sicherheitstechniker/-in (IT safety engineer): as data privacy protection becomes increasingly important, there is a growing demand for specialists who are able to actively fight and prevent hackers
  5. Ingenieur/-in für Energie- und Gebäudetechnik (electrical engineer/ building services engineer): whilst there is a high demand for qualified engineers, there have been less than 5,000 students graduating from civil engineering annually over the past few years – with the fairly saturated engineering job market in Australia, why not consider studying and/ or working in Germany?!


The five jobs in Australia which have the most promising future are:

  1. Front end programmers: the demand for front end programmers is larger than the current supply, making it an advantageous job market for those possessing the required skills
  2. Carpenters: a boom in the construction industry has led to an increasing demand for qualified carpenters
  3. Site managers: whilst the mining industry has decreased, the growing property sector has created demand for site managers
  4. Forklift drivers: distribution centres have been increasing their capacity keep up with online shopping demands, both domestically and internationally; these distribution centres rely heavily on forklift drivers to transport materials from one location to another
  5. Account managers: individuals able to articulate the return on investment for solutions they are selling to acquire and maintain customers are continually high in demand


The job market is undergoing rapid changes from one decade to another (sometimes even from one year to another!), so if you’re still in school and deciding which career path you’d like to take, we hope this blog has given you some inspiration!

As Socrates once said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

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