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Working in Heidelberg
Coveted and creative
Unsurprisingly for a city that is home to Germany’s oldest university, jobs in Heidelberg have a strong connection to sciences. Along with the university hospital, the university is the city’s biggest employer. But Heidelberg’s economic dynamism is also derived from a strong SME sector and the presence of major corporations such as Heidelberg Cement, Heidelberger Druck, SAS, MLP, as well as various research-based companies. The city offers strong support to the SME sector, with targeted promotional programs and individual support from an SME special adviser. A cultural and creative officer looks after the creative and artistic side.
Heidelberg has a strong track record in science and research. Of some 82,000 people in full-time jobs, 61 per cent work in the knowledge-intensive services sector.
The business support department is the contact point for companies, tradesmen, investors, start-up founders, the self-employed and scientists.
Heidelberg Technology Park is one of the most important centers for biotechnology research in Germany, and a top location worldwide.
The unemployment rate in Heidelberg is lower than 5 per cent. The city has projects especially targeted at young people and job-seekers.