posted by in Austria forum
working in Engineering in Austria, I have absolutely no problems with not knowing much German.
Certainly in Engineering there is an abundance of work, so I don't know why it would be much different in other areas.
You might not be aware though that, despite the written language being German, the spoken language is actually Austrian - which is so different to German that even if you were fluent, I think you would still struggle to understand what people are saying to you (except maybe in Vienna).
Everyone understands German though, and most people, especially the younger generations, are very good at English.
I have found Austrians in general to be extremely helpful people.
I wish you luck