Civil service; information on careers and career entry at the Free State of Bavaria

The public sector in Bavaria offers a large number of interesting and varied jobs in a wide variety of fields - both for civil servants and employees.


In addition to the "classic" areas such as tax administration, the judiciary and the police, many other professional fields are represented at the Free State of Bavaria: from university lecturers to architects and administrative IT specialists to employees in clinics and museums.

Employment with the Free State of Bavaria brings with it many advantages. In particular, the civil service offers you:

  • Performance-based pay,
  • modern workplaces,
  • flexible working time models,
  • generous leave of absence and part-time work opportunities,
  • comprehensive training opportunities,
  • good development and qualification opportunities,
  • opportunities for deployment throughout Bavaria and
  • a crisis-proof job!

The following requirements are expected of you, among others:

  • Interest in an independent and responsible job,
  • Enjoyment of working in a team,
  • flexibility,
  • Willingness to constantly deepen your own knowledge through further training and to keep up to date, as well as
  • pleasure in active and creative participation within a modern administration.

Civil servants

Civil servants are the largest group of employees in the public service of the Free State of Bavaria. Applicants can be appointed as civil servants if they have the necessary qualifications. In addition, German citizenship or citizenship of another member state of the European Union is a basic requirement for civil service.

Entry into the performance career/civil service is in accordance with the respective previous education and training in one of the four qualification levels. In the case of outstanding performance, there are also opportunities for qualification for the offices from the next higher qualification level.

The various areas of responsibility and activity are bundled into a total of six specialist career paths, within which there are different specialist focuses and areas of responsibility. For some of these areas, there is a special preparatory service tailored to the needs of the civil service.

More information about the basic hiring requirements and development opportunities in the civil service of the Bavarian administration can be found on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs (see "Further links": "The civil service - an attractive employer!"). The Bavarian State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs is responsible for all public service law in Bavaria - from training and pay to pensions. You can also find out about the special requirements and the varied activities of the individual divisions on the websites of the relevant ministries as well as from the hiring authorities (see also under "Responsible for you": "Authorities"). The hiring authorities will be happy to help you.


In addition to civil servants, the Free State of Bavaria also has employees who are employed under private law. For the employees of the Free State, the State Ministry of Finance and Home Affairs exercises the central employer function and negotiates the collective agreements with the trade unions.

Employees are deployed in varied and interesting areas of responsibility and at all levels of public administration. Depending on their schooling and vocational training, as well as their respective professional experience, employees are employed in the following areas of activity, for example:

  • General administrative work (e.g., secretary, clerk),
  • Data processing (e.g., data entry clerk, programmer),
  • technical (e.g. master craftsman, engineer),
  • medical-technical field (e.g. medical-technical assistant),
  • Nursing service (e.g. as nursing assistant, nurse),
  • Driver, janitor, craftsman

The hiring authorities will be happy to provide you with further information (see also under "Responsible for you": "Authorities").

Training and study positions

Training places in public administration, the judiciary and the general law enforcement service (second qualification level) as well as study places at the Bavarian Civil Service University (third qualification level) are awarded once a year. For this purpose, the Bavarian State Personnel Committee conducts a central selection procedure in each case. For more information on admission requirements, the selection examination and the recruitment process, please visit the website of the Bavarian State Personnel Committee (see "Further links").

In addition to these entry opportunities, there are also apprenticeships (e.g., the police civil service at the second qualification level), practice-integrated dual degree programs (agricultural, surveying and construction administration) and the administrative IT degree program (see also "Further links": "Entering the civil service - studying in the civil service") that are not subject to the above-mentioned assignment procedure of the Bavarian State Personnel Committee. Detailed information on these training courses and degree programs, as well as on the respective recruitment procedure, can be found on the websites of the relevant ministries and from the respective recruitment authorities.


The authorities in Bavaria publish external job advertisements and job offers, among other things

  • on the websites of the respective authorities
  • in job and vacancy portals, and
  • in print media (e.g. in the Bayerische Staatszeitung, also online see "Further links").

If you are interested in one of the many job opportunities in the civil service, you can contact the respective hiring authority. Unsolicited applications are possible at many authorities.

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