Jaroslav Plotnikov

High-demand occupations in Germany – Mangelberufe in IT branch

For IT professionals or even IT students it is getting consequentially easier to stay in Germany. Even if you don’t speak German

Source: Department of Statistics, International Labour Office, Geneva



The original title is: Liste der Mangelberufe. I would translate it into English as “high-demand ocupations list”. However, the Federal Ministry for Migration (BAMF) prefers the other term: “occupations which are regarded as jobs where there is a shortage of applicants”. So when I say “high-demand ocupations”, remember that it’s my translation from the “Mangelberufe”.

German Federal Office for Migration (BAMF) explains: “Section 2 subs. 2 of the German Employment Ordinance stipulates which occupations are regarded as jobs where there is a shortage of applicants**. These are occupations belonging to Groups 21, 221 and 25 of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO), and particularly include … mathematicians, engineers, … and skilled academic personnel in the field of information and communication technology” – s. link “BAMF publications” in the end of this article.

In Germany there is only one official language – German. This means that employment law and job titles are all in German. That’s why I thought it was appropriate to list the same professions in German as well. Remember that only the IT professions are listed in this particular article. For the whole high-demand occupations list follow the link to the ISCO-08 (at the end of this article).


Are you curious whether your profession is certainly one of the high-demand occupations? Wanna check it out?

Step 1:

Check out the list below. If you don’t find your profession there, do step 2;

Step 2:

Check out the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08)**. If you still can’t find it, do step 3;

Step 3: 

Send me your questions below as a comment (anonymously and without registration).

Could you find your profession on the list below? My congratulationsyou would easily get the German entry permit and the Blue Card EU. Your 1st class ticket to Germany is the annual salary of €52.000, which is rather the average for IT professions. It’s even enough “to travel with 2nd class ticket”: €42.560 an annual salary. This is equivalent to €3.800 per month, which is very common in the IT sector on the German labor market. More information about salaries and other conditions can be found on the BAMF page for EU Bluecard FAQs.


A fragment from ISCO-08

Source: ec.europa.eu

DEUTSCH – High demand occupations in Germany (the fragment):

25 Akademische und vergleichbare Fachkräfte in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie 

251 Entwickler und Analytiker von Software und Anwendungen 

2511 Systemanalytiker 
2512 Softwareentwickler 
2513 Web- und Multimediaentwickler 
2514 Anwendungsprogrammierer 
2519 Entwickler und Analytiker von Software und Anwendungen, anderweitig nicht genannt 

252. Akademische und vergleichbare Fachkräfte für Datenbanken und Netzwerke 

2521 Datenbankentwickler und -administratoren 
2523 Akademische und vergleichbare Fachkräfte für Computernetzwerke 
2529 Akademische und vergleichbare Fachkräfte für Datenbanken und Netzwerke, anderweitig nicht genannt 

ENGLISH – High demand ocuupations in Germany (the fragment):

25 Information and communications technology professionals

251 Software and applications developers and analysts

2511  Systems analysts
2512  Software developers
2513  Web and multimedia developers
2514  Applications programmers
2519  Software and applications developers and analysts not elsewhere classified

252.   Database and network professionals

2521  Database designers and administrators
2522  Systems administrators
2523  Computer network professionals
2529  Database and network professionals not elsewhere classified


*- Italic marking here made by me – Jaroslav Plotnikov

** – BAMF: http://www.bamf.de/EN/Infothek/FragenAntworten/BlaueKarteEU/blaue-karte-eu-node.html;jsessionid=855D69B08BB3122A7CA45483D1262FA3.2_cid286

*** – International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08): http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/1978984/6037342/ISCO-08.pdf  (ENGLISH)  /   http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:292:0031:0047:DE:PDF (DEUTSCH).

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  • 1. Emilija (18-04-2018)

    I’m considering to move to Germany, so it’s good startpoint to check my skills are needed.

    • 2. jaroslav (19-04-2018)

      Welcome to Germany, we need IT professionals here 🙂 They earn $41K+ annually

  • 3. Gaga (27-07-2018)

    Thank you for sharing