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Associate professionals

Associate professionals perform mostly technical and related tasks connected with research and the application of scientific or artistic concepts and methods, and government or business regulations. Most jobs require knowledge and skills usually obtained as the result of study at a higher educational institution, following completion of secondary education for a period of one to three years. In some cases, extensive relevant work experience and prolonged on-the-job training may substitute for formal education. 

Tasks performed by technicians and associate professionals usually include undertaking and carrying out technical work connected with research and the application of concepts and methods in the physical sciences (including engineering and technology and life sciences, which includes the medical profession), and in the social sciences and humanities. It also includes initiating and carrying out various technical services related to trade, finance, administration, and social work, as well as providing technical support to the arts, entertainment and sport. The types of job classified under this heading include: building inspectors, engineering technicians, medical laboratory technicians, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, buyers, office supervisors, photographers, etc.

Future employment growth (in %) of associate professionals across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2015, associate professionals accounted for 15.88% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 35,048,152.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as associate professionals in EU changed by 5.49%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

In 2015, associate professionals were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Health & social care (6,791,060)
  • Manufacturing (5,235,922)
  • Public sector & defence (4,102,748) 
  • Professional services (3,528,452)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (3,474,466)

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Countries with highest employment share of associate professionals in 2015:

  • Germany (22.42%)
  • France (20.28%)
  • Austria (19.47%)
  • Finland (18.55%)
  • Luxembourg (18.49%)

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for associate professionals in EU is projected to change by 10.46%

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Employment of associate professionals in EU in 2015 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

Employment share (%) of associate professionals across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of associate professionals in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of associate professionals in EU in 2015 by age

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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