As per various reports, Germany will face a shortage of 3 million skilled employees within 2030, and a large vacancy pool is already there in the field of Civil Engineering in Germany which needs to be filled real soon in the coming years.
So the earlier you come to Germany and grab the opportunities the better it is!
In this article, we have covered in detail how you can study Civil Engineering in Germany (Jobs, specializations, salaries, and much more!).
- Why study Civil Engineering in Germany?
- Specializations you can target when you come to study Civil Engineering in Germany
- Where can you work after your studies?
- Salaries in Civil Engineering in Germany
- Major trends in Civil Engineering in Germany
Why study Civil Engineering in Germany?
The first question that probably comes to your mind right now is why should you even consider studying Civil Engineering from Germany?
A very valid question and here is your answer. First, Germany has the BEST Technical universities of the world. So you’d get nothing less than world-class education (for FREE)!
Second, free education, Germany is the cheapest study abroad destination you can think of. Why? It’s because Germany has ZERO tuition fees in most of the public universities. And the only cost you can think of is only your living expenses.
Three, huge job opportunities. When I was doing my Masters from TUHH in the Structural Engineering domain, our professors just told us, “just finish your degrees and you’d get the jobs you are craving for! This I can tell you with surety!” And fun fact? This is the real truth right now in Germany.
Just finish your studies you’d easily get a job.
Specializations you can target when you come to study Civil Engineering in Germany
From Structural Engineering to Geoinformatics – Germany has everything to offer you in this space.
But choose a specialization which you think suits you and you are passionate about.
This is the most important thing.
Because choosing a subject you are passionate about will ensure that you do well during your studies in Germany and getting a job will become really easy for you after you finish your studies!
Here is an indicative list of specializations of Civil Engineering courses which you can pursue in Germany.
- Hydraulic engineering, water management
- Transportation Engineering
- Building informatics
- Spatial and infrastructure planning
- Construction operation, construction management
- Geotechnics, foundation engineering
- Structural engineering
- Construction operation & management
- Environmental engineering
Where can you work after your studies?
After completing your studies you can work in the following evergreen fields!
- In the public sector
- In the building authorities for water and road construction
- Civil and structural engineering
- Planning and construction supervision at universities, schools, and research institutes from the federal, state, and local governments.
- In the industry at engineering offices, construction companies, building materials, and component companies.
Also, Independent activities as a structural engineer, site manager, safety engineer, and others.
- For civil engineering in particular, the demand is seen especially for bridge construction in almost all federal states. There are a total of around 80,500 vacancies for engineers on a monthly average. Most of the job vacancies are in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, and North Rhine-Westphalia.
- Most of the buildings and historical structures in and around Germany are getting renovated quite often, architects and civil engineers are needed in high volumes here also. There are high demands for civil Engineers also in projects such as creating smart cities.
- You should also know that 70% – 75% of the German economy is run by the SME (Small and Medium enterprises), Family-owned businesses and start-ups! So they are always looking for qualified management professionals to help with their business!
- Some of the major German brands you can work for as a civil engineer in Germany are Hochtief, Bilfinger, Züblin AG, WTM Engineers and so on!
Germany needs around 3 Million skilled employees by 2030.
So whatever happens, be assured that if you know your trade, you will get a job here after finishing your degree in Germany!
Salaries in Civil Engineering in Germany
Germany is known for its employee-friendly work culture, a sufficient number of holidays, no overtimes whatsoever, but what about the salaries?
First, you should understand the salaries will depend on the location, the industry and also your skills.
Your ability to negotiate salaries will also play a key role!
Please note your Salary will depend on your specialization, your past work experience (if any), skills, and employability!
Major trends in Civil Engineering in Germany
In civil engineering, you currently have the best chances of getting a job, as trends such as smart cities are increasing the number of vacancies while the number of graduates is declining.
Civil engineers are urgently needed, especially for bridge construction in almost all federal states.
There are a total of around 80,500 vacancies for engineers on a monthly average.
And that’s why, to stay relevant in your field. you should understand where your industry is going?
There is always a demand for Civil Engineers in the areas of project management. So whenever you are choosing your subjects make sure you opt for something related to this domain. You can also gradually shift towards management roles from here.
Structural Engineering is always a sought-after specialization in the job market. Graduates in this field have can work for the technical implementation in structural planning and associated project management.
In this field, water, sewage, waste management, everything is included. The work areas include the extraction, treatment, and distribution of drinking water, the construction of wells, the construction of dykes and dams, etc. But the planning and implementation of wastewater treatment systems and waste disposal systems are also part of the job.
Roads, cycle paths, rail networks, or runways, aspects of environmental protection, reducing emissions and Spatial planning, Transport engineers and city and regional planners work, for example, in the public sector, at municipal utilities, transport companies or large construction companies.
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I hope after going through this post, you have got an idea of what you should do to fulfill your dreams of studying Civil Engineering in Germany.
But this is just the starting point. This is where the game starts, you win the final boss fight when you get an admission letter from any one of the top universities!
And let me tell you the truth here.
Do you know for the top universities the intake ratio is less than 0.001? That means for every 1000 international students applying to the universities all over the world, only 1 student can get in!
So that’s why you need to completely focus on your CV (a German standard CV, not your traditional CV, neither a Europass CV, and nor the CV you have been casually using to apply for jobs).
Also, your SOP or Statement of purpose should be perfect! What we have seen multiple times is that students with average academics but with a brilliant SOP can easily get admission against someone who has brilliant academics but their CV or SOP was not good enough.
And one point students always miss is, you should be applying to the universities based on your background, grades and capabilities, that’s why shortlisting the universities based on your interests and background is of utmost importance rather than applying to them blindly!
Your SOP needs to be on point also, modified as per the universities.
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