How can you start working in the Netherlands?

Do you want to build a future?

Choose your sector based on your past and your interests. Get an education while you also go to work.

You need a diploma for most jobs in the Netherlands. Even for practical jobs. This is to ensure safety and quality. For example when you want to work in construction you need the certificate VCA Basic ( The company can pay for this. You can pass this exam also in Arabic for example.

Below in the first section we mention jobs, that NL needs a lot of workers for, for which you don't need a Dutch diploma. You can click on the job to get more details. 
For the others you can first visit a MBO, HBO or University nearby to get advice. You can make an appointment with the Study advisor to find out which study suits the job best.
Many websites also help you to chose like:

To learn more Click School System Here to go to the school system.

  • Pig farming employees
  • Tractor drivers/contract workers/agricultural operators
  • (Foreman) gardeners/arborists/greenkeepers
  • (Skilled) tree nursery employees
Transport and logistics
  • Forwarding employees, warehouse managers
  • Truck drivers
  • Bus drivers (coach, city and regional transport)
  • Shunters
  • Transport Planners
  • Cadets inland shipping
  • Freight forwarders
  • Parking controllers
  • Security civil servant (BOA)
  • Security guards
  • Hosts/hostesses
  • Fast food service employees
  • Restaurant chefs
  • Food and Beverage managers (F&B)
  • Sales staff kitchens/bathrooms
  • Home upholsterers, furniture upholsterers, parquet floor installers
  • Electronics sales associates
  • Customer contact employees (customer service/call centers)

Sectors with many Jobs, but Dutch MBO diploma required

  • Crane, earthmoving operators
  • Road workers, sewer workers
  • Concrete workers and finishers
  • Plasterers, tilers, screeders
  • Bricklayers/Insulators
  • Painters
  • Glaziers
  • Machine woodworkers
  • Carpenters (civil and utility, workshop and interior)
  • Wall and ceiling fitters, kitchen fitters
  • Roofers
  • Contractors construction/ground-, road- and hydraulic engineering
  • EPA (Energy Performance Advisory) advisors
  • Draftsmen, work planners and calculators for construction/earth, road and hydraulic engineering*
  • Installers/piping installers gas/water
  • Electrical grid installers
  • Electricians and fitters of electrical installations (including solar panels)
  • Installers telecommunication systemsPlumbers/installers gas, water, plumbing, heating (including heat pumps)Installers air treatment and refrigeration technology
  • Installer security installationsLift fittersEmployees technical service electrotechnical
  • Measurement and control technicians, measurement and control technicians
  • Draftsmen, work planners and calculators installation and electrical engineering*
  • Installation technicians
  • Pipe fitters
  • Tool makers/fine instrument makers
  • Welders/welding robot operators
  • Structural fitters/assemblers, coachbuilders
  • Sheet metal workers, (CNC) metal benders/cutters
  • Conventional machinists, CNC machine operators
  • CNC machinists, CNC programmers
  • Installers of industrial machines and installations
  • Process and food industry operators
  • Draftsmen, work planners, mechanical engineering calculators
  • Sellers, account managers technical products
Vehicle technology
  • Car mechanics (passenger car / commercial vehicle), inspectors, workshop managers cars
  • Auto repairers
  • Car Painters Bicycle Mechanics
  • Mechanics mobile equipment (incl. agricultural vehicles)
(Medical) Care
  • General nurses (mbo)
  • Residential care assistants for the disabled
  • opticians
  • Hearing care professionals
  • Pharmacy assistants
Pedagogical professions
  • Pedagogical childcare workers
  • Swimming instructors

Sectors with many Jobs, but HBO/University degree needed

  • Soil science researchers and remediators*
  • Architectural inspectors*
  • Construction project managers
  • Construction designer-constructors, BIM modellers
  • Project leaders/designers-constructors installation technology/electrical engineering
  • Controllers/inspectors of electrical installations
  • Application/System/Functional Administrators
  • Programmers/developers specific languages (e.g. Java, C#, PHP)
  • Developers specific applications (SharePoint, .NET, cloud, frontend/backend, app, UX)
  • Network administrators/engineers/technical infrastructure specialists
  • BI specialists/data scientists (SQL, Python, R), data warehouse developers/administrators, data managers
  • Test developersArchitects ICT/system developers
  • Security specialists, consultants internal control and security information provision
  • Quality employees, QA officers, QA managers
  • Process technologists, food technologists, product developers in the process industry
  • Regulatory Affairs Officers
  • Industrial automation designers, PLC programmers, embedded software engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Project managers, designers-constructors mechanical engineering, industrial designers (technical)
  • Production leaders/industry executives
  • Managers research & development (R&D)
  • Assistant accountants,
  • AA accountants, chartered accountants,
  • IT auditors
  • Tax advisors
  • Buyers
  • Customer Due Diligence specialists
  • Lawyers, junior civil-law notaries, company lawyers
  • Online marketers
  • Recruiters
(Medical) Care
  • District nurses
  • (General/specialised) hospital/institute/GGZ nurses
  • Operating assistants, nurse anesthetists, ambulance nurses
  • Nursing specialists/nurse practitioners
  • Specific medical specialists: specialists in geriatric medicine, doctors for the mentally handicapped, emergency room doctors, clinical geriatricians, addiction doctors
  • Company doctors, insurance doctors
  • Psychiatrists, health care psychologists, clinical psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Elementary education teachers
  • Science teachers: physics, chemistry, mathematics (1st and 2nd grade) and ICT/computer science
  • Language teachers: Dutch, English, German, classical languages (1st and 2nd degree)
  • Vocational education technology teachers
  • Vocational Nursing Teachers

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