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Last year German companies were unable to fill nearly 48, 000 planned engineering positions. This is the result of a survey by the Institute of German Business in Cologne. These gaps have left the economy with a loss of at least 3.5 billion euros, the experts calculated. The greatest shortage of engineers prevails in Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.

Also in 2007, engineers throughout Germany were particularly sought after in the areas of research and knowledge-intensive services, metal production and processing, the electrical industry and vehicle construction. The Institute is mainly responsible for the lack of technical enthusiasm among young people. Perhaps, however, deficiencies in university education are also to blame for the German lack of engineers. After all, one third of the budding engineers does not finish their studies.

The job is financially quite rewarding: An engineer brings it in Germany on a mean gross annual salary of 58 550 euros - that is over 20 000 euros more than the average of the other full earners in the Federal Republic.

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