In order to define non-regulated jobs, it may be easier to first define regulated jobs in Germany. Regulated jobs are those professions for which you should recognise your academic records or vocational training degrees under the profession assessment system of Germany (Anerkennung). In other words, if your qualification does not require any recognition, and you can join the labour market without any prior recognition process, you are qualified for non-regulated jobs.

What issues are important for non-regulated jobs?

Personal Capability

Since skills and qualifications of candidates in the non-regulated jobs are not demonstrated and certified by a recognised certificate, it would be upon employers to have a personal assessment of eligibility or ability of the applicant in conduct of relevant duties and tasks. Therefore, presentation of your skills for the named job through your personal characteristic, experience and knowledge could play an important role.  


Non-regulated professions can also be trained within the German dual vocational training system. If you are willing to continue your career in one of these profession, recognition is not compulsory but will increase your chance on German labour market. A list of dual training occupations could be found here.   


Examples of non-regulated professions are IT specialist, journalist, economist, business and marketing expert, metalworkers and general office workers. In spite of the general rule on distinguishing between regulated and non-regulated jobs, some employers may require recognition of certificate or qualification even for non-regulated jobs.