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Career Opportunities in German

Return to General Career Information German Studies Student Resource Guide This document was designed for German Studies to give to German major/minor students, or students considering German as a possible major/minor, as a guide to find resources for career choices and opportunities in the U.S. and German-speaking countries and also some familiar corporations with subsidiaries in German-speaking countries and in the U.S.   Print Resources:(German Specific)

  1. Live and Work in Germany

  2. Absolventenjahrbuch (directory of graduate opportunities in Germany)

  3. Membership Directory and Yearbook of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany

  4. Live and Work in Austria

  5. Live and Work in Switzerland

  6. Doing Business in Switzerland

  7. Switzerland: An International Banking and Finance Center

  8. German Professions

  9. Austrian Information

  10. International Management: Europe

  11. Yearbook of Labor Statistics/International Labor Offices

Other useful sources:

  1. Acquisitions and Control of Foreign Subsidiaries

  2. American Jobs Abroad

  3. America's Phone Book

  4. American Register of Exporters and Importers

  5. Careers in World Affairs: At Home and Abroad

  6. Career Opportunities for Bilinguals and Multilinguals: A Directory of Resources in Education, Employment, and Business

  7. The Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers

  8. Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries

  9. Directory of Corporate Affiliations

  10. Directory of Executive Recruiters

  11. Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the U.S.

  12. Directory of Jobs for Foreign Language Majors

  13. Directory of Jobs and Careers Abroad

  14. Dun and Bradstreet Exporter's Encyclopedia

  15. Encyclopedia of Associations

  16. Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations

  17. European Market Guide

  18. Europa Yearbook

  19. Foreign Languages and Your Career

  20. Great Jobs Abroad

  21. Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors

  22. Hoovers Handbook of American Businesses

  23. How to Find Teaching Jobs Overseas

  24. How to Find an Overseas Job With the U.S. Government

  25. Internet Profiles

  26. International Corporate 1,000

  27. Jane's Major Companies of Europe

  28. Jobs for People Who Love to Travel: Opportunities at Home and Abroad

  29. Major Companies of Europe

  30. The Multinational Marketing and Employment Directory

  31. National Trade and Professional Associations in the U.S.

  32. Navigating New Markets Abroad: Charting a Course for the International Businessperson

  33. Overseas Summer Jobs

  34. Principal International Business

  35. Research Centers Directory

  36. Worldwide Branch Locations of Multinational Companies

  37. Worldwide Employment

  38. Yearbook of International Organizations

  39. Yearbook of the United Nations

  40. 101 Ways to Find an Overseas Job

  • Please note that these print sources should be available in most university and public libraries.

Internet:(German Specific)


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  • Please note that many of these sites have links to more sites dealing with foreign language resources and career opportunities.

Resources and opportunities to locate Governmental jobs abroad: The government is the largest single employer of American citizens working overseas. Here is a list if different government employers and a list of important addresses for students from all majors to inquire for more information  

  1. The Department of Agriculture: Posts nearly 100 agricultural specialists in more than 60 embassies and consulates worldwide. A sample of major employers of this department are: Foreign Agricultural Service, Office of International Cooperation and Development, International Affairs and Commodities Programs, Food safety and Inspection Service, Forest Service, Office of Transportation Recruitment OfficerFAS Personnel DivisionRoom 5627 South BldgU.S. Department of Agriculture14th and Independence Ave, S.W.Washington D.C. 20250-1000  

  2. The Department of Commerce: The mission of this department is to promote the Nation's international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement. A sample of major employers of this department are: International Trade Administration, United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Bureau of Census, United States Patent and Trademark Office Office of Foreign Service PersonnelATTN: USFCS RecruitmentU.S. Department of CommerceRoom 3226Washington D.C. 20230  

  3. Department of Defense and Related Agencies: Employs more Americans overseas than any other agency with many high-level policy, informational, and secure based positions. A sample of major employers of this department are: Defense Security Assistance Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Investigative Service, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Defense Advanced research projects Agency Department of DefenseThe PentagonWashington D.C. 20310  

  4. Department of Education: Involved on providing training and research services related to international education. Center for International Education7th and D streetsSW Washington, D.C. 20202  

  5. Department of Energy: Responsible for developing a comprehensive national; energy plan, promoting energy technology, marketing federal power and conserving energy. A sample of major employers of this department: Office of International Affairs and Energy Emergencies, Nuclear Energy, Energy Information Administration, Office of Energy and Research Department of Energy100 Independence Ave., SWWashington, D.C. 20585  

  6. Department of Health and Human Services: Responsible for promoting the Nation's health and welfare. A sample of major employers of this department are: Office of International Health, Social Security Administration, National Center for Health Statistics, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence Ave., SWWashington D.C. 20201  

  7. Department of Interior: Responsible for protecting and managing federally owned lands and natural resources. A sample of major employers of this department are: Office of Territorial and International Affairs, National Park Service, Bureau of Mines, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service Department of Interior1849 C Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20240  

  8. Department of Justice and Related Agencies: Responsible for enforcing federal laws. Its international interests are mostly in the areas of drug enforcement and immigration. A sample of major employers of this department are: Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Criminal Division, Drug enforcement administration, US Marshal Service Department of Justice and Related AgenciesConstitution Avenue and 10th St.,NWWashington D.C. 20530  

  9. Department of Labor: Responsible for wage earners in the U.S. A sample of major employers of this department are: Bureau of International Affairs, Bureau of Labor Statistics Department of Labor200 Constitution Ave.,NWWashington, D.C. 20210  

  10. Department of State: Responsible for advising the President on foreign policy matters and for implementing U.S. foreign policy. A sample of major employers of this department are: Economic and Business Affairs Bureau, International Security Affairs, European and Canadian Affairs Bureau, Bureau of Inter American Affairs Department of State2201 C Street, NWWashington D.C., 20520  

  11. Department of Transportation: Responsible for the nation's overall transportation policy and on aviation, maritime and trade issues. A sample of major employers from this department are: Policy and International Affairs, Policy, Planning and International Aviation, Maritime Administration, Federal Aviation Administration Department of Transportation400 Seventh St., SWWashington, D.C. 20590  

  12. Department of Treasury: Responsible for international tax and revenue, monetary, finance, trade, investment and banking issues as well as the U.S. Custom Service Sample of major employers of this department are: Under Secretary for International Affairs, United States Custom Service, Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service Department of Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, D.C. 20220

Here is a list of Independent agencies and government Corporations, many of which hire bilingual and multilingual personnel.

  1. African Development Foundation1625 Massachusetts Ave NWWashington, D.C. 20036

  2. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)Washington, D.C. 20505

  3. Consumer Product and Safety Commission5401 Westbard AvenueBethesda, MD 20816

  4. Corporation for Public Broadcasting901 E Street NWWashington, D.C. 20004-2006

  5. Environmental Protection Agency401 M Street SWWashington, D.C. 20460

  6. Export-Import Bank of the United States811 Vermont Avenue NWWashington, D.C. 20571

  7. Federal Communications Commission1919 M Street NWWashington, D.C. 20554

  8. Federal Emergency Management Agency500 C St. SWWashington, D.C. 20472

  9. Federal Maritime Commission1100 L St. NWWashington, D.C. 20573-0001

  10. Federal National Mortgage Association3900 Wisconsin Ave. NWWashington, DC 20551

  11. Federal Reserve System20th and C Streets NWWashington, D.C. 20551

  12. General Services Administration18th and F Streets NWWashington, D.C. 20405

  13. Inter-American Foundation1515 Wilson Blvd.Rosslyn, VA 22209

  14. National Aeronautics and Space Administration600 Independence Ave. SWWashington, D.C. 20546

  15. National Science Foundation1800 G Street NWWashington, D.C. 20550

  16. Nuclear Regulatory Commission11555 Rockville PikeRockville, MD 20852

  17. Panama Canal Commission2000 L Street, NW RM. 550Washington, D.C. 20526

  18. Peace Corps1990 K Street NWWashington, D.C. 20526

  19. Securities and Exchange Commission450 5th Street NWWashington, DC 20549

  20. Smithsonian Institution1000 Jefferson Dr. SWWashington, D.C. 20560

  21. U.S. Institute of Peace1550 M Street NWWashington, D.C. 20001-1708

  22. U.S. Arms and Control and Disarmament Agency320 21st Street NWWashington, D.C. 20451

  23. U.S. Information Agency301 Fourth Street SWWashington, D.C. 20547

  24. U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency320 21st St. NWWashington, D.C. 20523-0001

  25. U.S. Agency for International Development320 21st St. NWWashington, D.C. 20523

  26. U.S. Trade and Development Program1621 North Kent StreetRosslyn, VA 22209

  27. Overseas Private Investment Corporation1615 M Street NWWashington, D.C. 20527

  28. U.S. International Trade Commission500 E Street SWWashington, D.C. 20436

Here is a list of well known businesses with subsidiaries in German-speaking countries and in the United States that will be relevant to any major. If your students want to pursue more information, for example, addresses or phone numbers, have them refer to some of the directories listed in the print resource section.

    1. Ahlstrom Corporation: Subsidiary/machinery for the pulp and paper industry.

    2. AB Volvo: Manufactures cars and other types of vehicles.

    3. Abbot Laboratories: Subsidiary/laboratory products and pharmaceuticals.

    4. Aga: Distributes and produces gas for industrial purposes.

    5. Ajinomoto Company Inc.: Subsidiary/amino acids, MSG, and specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals. 

    6. Akzo: Manufactures chemical products, fibers, and HC products.

    7. Alcatel: Deals with business and telecommunications systems and energy transportation.

    8. AIFA-Laval-AB: Manufacturer of high technology equipment.

    9. Allied-Lyons: Production of alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, and other food and drink products.

    10. American Cynamid: Co-develops, manufactures and markets agricultural, medical and chemical consumer products. 

    11. Amec PLC: Building, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

    12. American Express: Provides diversified and financial and travel related services.

    13. Amoco Corporation: Handles petroleum and chemical operations.

    14. Amway Corporation: The manufacture, distribution and sale of household products, health, beauty and nutrition items; also provides realty, communications and travel services. 

    15. Apple Computer Inc: Manufacture and sale of personal computers and software.

    16. Atlantic Richfield Company: Oil exploration and gas production.

    17. BASF Aktiengesellschaff: Handles chemicals and electronics.

    18. Bausch and Lomb: Manufacturer of health care and optical products.

    19. BF Goodrich: Deals with aerospace products, chemicals and rubber products.

    20. Bond Corporation International: International advertising agency.

    21. Bozell International: International advertising agency. 

    22. Bristol-Myers Squibb: Produces pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

    23. Brother Industries Ltd: Manufacture and sale of various electronic machines, instruments, and systems.

    24. Burson-Marsteller: Consults in areas of public relations and public affairs counseling and communication.

    25. Cadbury Schweppes: Manufactures and distributes various food products.

    26. Campbell Soup Company: Manufacture and distribution of food various food products.

    27. Canon Inc: Produces and markets a wide range of electronic equipment.

    28. CBS: Radio and TV broadcasting.

    29. Cigna Worldwide Inc: Insurance agents and brokers services.

    30. Colgate-Palmolive: Manufactures and distributes household and personal care products.

    31. Corning INC: Manufactures laboratory, telecommunication and consumer products.

    32. D'Arcy Masuius Benton and Bowles Inc: Advertising agency.

    33. Digital Eqipment: Designs, manufactures, sells and services network computer systems.

    34. The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation: Provides a wide range of business services worldwide.

    35. Ferranti International: Electronic computerized information and control systems for commercial and industrial purposes.

    36. Fluor Corporation: Engineering and construction.

    37. Foote Cone and Belding Communications Inc: Advertising agency.

    38. Ford Motor Company: Manufactures and distributes vehicles.

    39. Freid Krupp GMBH: Steel producer.

    40. General Electric Company: Manufactures and distributes lighting equipment and computer control systems, plastics, motor generators and a wide range of appliances.

    41. The Gillete Company: Manufactures a variety of consumer products.

    42. GTE Corporation: Telecommunications systems, electronic products and related equipment.

    43. General Motors: Manufactures automobiles and automobile parts.

    44. Hewlett Packard Company: Sale of peripherals, computers, and software.

    45. Hitachi Ltd: Manufactures electronic computers, radio and TV communications equipment and household and audio equipment.

    46. Honda Motor Company: Manufacture and sale of automobiles.

    47. ICL House: Deals with telecommunications, computers, and other related products.

    48. IMI PLC: Manufacturer of building materials.

    49. Ing. C. Olivetti and C. Spa: Data processing systems, engineering, training and consulting services.

    50. International Business Machines Corporation: Computers, information handling systems and data processing machines. 

    51. Investment AB Cardo: Is an investment and industrial and investment holding company.

    52. Jefferson Smurfit Group: Manufactures paper products, newsprint, containers, recycles paper, etc.

    53. Johnson and Johnson: Manufactures health care, hospital, pharmaceutical and baby products.

    54. Kao Corporation: Manufactures personal care products, detergents, cosmetics and floppy disks.

    55. Koninklijke Begemann Groep N.V.: Manufactures steel and steel products.

    56. Levi Strauss and Company: Manufactures clothing for men, woman and children.

    57. Litton and Company: Diversified manufacturer of command and control communication systems.

    58. Lucas Aerospace Ltd: Manufactures aerospace, automotive, and industrial systems and components.

    59. Matsushita Electric Industrial Commune Ltd: Manufacture and sale of electronic and electrical products. 

    60. McDonald's Corporation: Franchises of fast food, dedicated to contributing good will to the communities in which they are located. 

    61. Mattel, Inc: Manufactures and sells toys and related products.

    62. Meditonic Inc: Manufactures medical instruments and related devices.

    63. Merck and Company Inc: Manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals and related health care products.

    64. Merril Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith: Handles securities, commodities and other related services.

    65. Minolta Camera Company: Manufactures cameras, business equipment and other related products.

    66. Motorola Inc: Manufactures electronic components, systems and related equipment.

    67. Nestle S.A.: Handles foods, refrigerated products, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and pet foods.

    68. The News Corporation: Controls newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, motion picture and TV program distribution.

    69. Oki Electric Industry Company Ltd: Manufactures electronic equipment, telecommunications products and data processing and automation systems.

    70. Omnicom Group Inc: Advertising, public relations and media related business.

    71. Omron Tatesi Electronics Company: Manufactures various electronic systems and components.

    72. Oy Nokia: Manufactures and markets consumer and industrial electronic products, mobile phones and telecommunications equipment.

    73. Pepsico Inc: Manufacturer and sale of soft drinks and snack foods.

    74. Perstorp AB: Handles biotechnology chemicals and plastics. 

    75. Phillip Morris Company Inc: Manufactures beer, cigarettes and various food products.

    76. Phillips Electronics NV: Manufactures and distributes lighting products, video, audio, and computer electronics communications systems.

    77. Pioneer Electric Corporation: Manufacture of audio and video equipment.

    78. Polaroid Corporation: Designs, manufactures and distributes cameras, film, filters and lenses.

    79. Premark International: Manufactures and distributes tupperware, commercial and food equipment, and decorative kitchen products.

    80. Quaker Oats Company: Production of food and food products.

    81. Racal Electronics: Electronics and communications products.

    82. Ralston Purina Company: Manufactures pet foods, cereals, bread, cake, batteries, lighting products and ski resorts. 

    83. RJR Nabisco: Manufactures packaging products, food and beverage products and tobacco products.

    84. Reed International: Magazine and reference book publisher, also organizes business exhibitions.

    85. Rockwell International Corporation: Handles industrial electrical equipment and systems, manned and unmanned space systems, rocket engines and military aircrafts. 

    86. Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies: Exploration, processing, production, purchase and sale of oil and natural gas.

    87. Saatchi and Saatchi: Advertising agency.

    88. Sandoz International Ltd: Manufactures chemicals, dyes, and pharmaceuticals.

    89. Sandvik AB: Manufactures and markets tools, steel and process systems.

    90. Schindler Management AG: Manufactures elevators, escalators and related products.

    91. Scott Paper Company: Manufactures and markets paper, cleaning and printing products.

    92. The Seagram Company Ltd: Manufactures and distributes various types of beverages, spirits, wines, fruit juices and soda.

    93. Sharp Company: Manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics products.

    94. Siemens AG: Handles automation, automotive electronics, electronic components, graphic systems, medical systems, etc.

    95. Smithkline Beecham: Researches, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of human and animal health products.

    96. Sony Corporation: Manufactures telecommunications and information systems and consumer electronics.

    97. Tandem Computers Inc: Manufactures and markets computer systems, on-line transaction processing systems and enterprise networks.

    98. Texaco: Exploration, refining, production and marketing of oil and related petrochemicals.

    99. Time Warner INC: Handles magazine and book publishing, recorded music and music publishing, film TV and cable TV programming.

    100. Tobisha Corporation: Manufactures medical equipment, industrial systems and information/communications systems. 

    101. Toyota Motor Corporation: Manufactures automobiles and automotive products.

    102. Unilever PLC: Manufactures and markets various consumer products.

    103. Unisys Corporation: Designs, manufactures and markets computer information systems.

    104. United Technologies Corporation: Designs, develops, manufactures and markets high technology products.

    105. Veba AG: Transportation and related services, electricity and electronic components, heating and other engineering.

    106. Volkswagen AG: Manufactures passenger and commercial vehicles.

    107. Warner-Lambert Company: Manufactures pharmaceuticals, health care items and consumer products.

    108. Westinghouse Electric Company: Handles electronic systems for defense, commercial, and construction industries. 

    109. Yamaha Corporation: Produces musical instruments, audio products and electrical equipment.