What jobs are medium skill jobs

Job profiles and career choice

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The first step into the professional future can be groundbreaking. The course is set with the career choice - in which direction should it go? As a career starter, you should first consider what you are particularly good at and what you enjoy: Are you a born technician who is always drawn to the workbench at home? A number genius? A prime example of order and organization?

Which training is the right one?

If you choose a job that suits your skills, the foundation for a successful future is laid. So don't leave your career choice to chance! Familiarize yourself with the different job profiles. Which skills do you need in which job? Where could you use your skills and knowledge, what is not an option for you?

When looking for your own talents, it helps to look at your previous career - school, part-time jobs, internships - as well as your private life (hobbies, interests, commitment). In addition to honest self-assessment, external assessments by family, friends or acquaintances also provide valuable insights. Only those who know their competencies and interests can convince the personnel manager of a training company that they are the "right one" for the desired training.

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Different professions, different tasks

The requirement profiles of the various training occupations sometimes differ greatly from one another. For example, while manual and technical professions usually require a lot of tinkering skills and technical understanding, commercial professions primarily require communication skills, organizational skills, language skills and understanding of numbers. For other jobs, on the other hand, you need a lot of caution, skill, physical resilience or creativity.

Of course, you shouldn't base your career choice on a single, isolated skill: every job description requires an appropriate mix of different skills and talents. For example, a tax clerk who can “only” calculate extremely well will run into problems when it comes to dealing with correspondence. A mechatronics technician who has manual skills but no math skills is likely to slip just as quickly.

Comparison: training allowance according to occupation

The question of salary can also play a role in choosing a career. However, it is not always easy to see what training remuneration can be expected. On the one hand, there are more or less large wage differences between the professions, and on the other hand, different training allowances can be paid for the same profession: Depending on the industry or place of work, different collective agreements sometimes apply that determine the amount of training allowances. Purely school-based training, on the other hand, is generally not paid at all.

In a comparison of the 15 most popular apprenticeships, the prospective industrial mechanics, IT specialists and industrial clerks performed particularly well. The future salespeople for office management, salespeople in wholesale and foreign trade, specialists for warehouse logistics and salespeople in retail were also able to look forward to comparatively high incomes. Electronics technicians, salespeople and automotive mechatronics technicians landed in the middle salary range between 700 and 900 euros. The hairdressers were well below the average wage at 625 euros per month.




Industrial mechanic

1.079 €

1.003 €

IT specialist

1.027 €

1.008 €

Industrial clerk

1.026 €

934 €

Office management clerk (industry and trade)

988 €

966 €

Businesswoman in wholesale and foreign trade

985 €

917 €

Specialist for warehouse logistics

981 €

888 €

Commercial clerk in retail

967 €

898 €

Medical assistant / medical assistant

914 €

917 €

Vendor saleswoman

891 €

826 €

Hotel specialist

874 €

807 €

Dental assistant

862 €

k. A.

Vehicle mechatronics technician (craft)

857 €

756 €

Electronics technician (all disciplines)

806 €

741 €

Plant mechanic for sanitary, heating and air conditioning technology

766 €

k. A.


625 €

413 €

Source: Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), as of 2020