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Health professionals

Workers in this occupation conduct research; improve or develop concepts, theories and operational methods; and apply scientific knowledge relating to medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and the promotion of health. Their jobs involve, for example: conducting research and obtaining scientific knowledge through the study of human and animal disorders and illnesses, and ways of treating them; advising on or applying preventative and curative measures; and preparing scientific reports and papers. Occupations in this group include, for example, general medical practitioners, nursing professionals, traditional and complementary medicine professionals, paramedical practitioners, veterinarians, dentists, and dieticians and nutritionists.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of health 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, health professionals accounted for 2.82% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 6,225,343.

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 health professionals in EU changed by 7.35%.

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, health professionals were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Human health & social work activities (5,127,520)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (440,823)
  • Real estate, professional & related activities (198,227) 
  • Public administration & defence (168,702)
  • Education (88,247)

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 health professionals in 2015:

  • Ireland (4.37%)
  • Sweden (4.36%)
  • Denmark (4.32%)
  • Belgium (4.27%)
  • United Kingdom (3.95%)

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 health professionals in EU is projected to change by 5.20%

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Employment of health 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 health professionals across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Level of education (%) of health professionals in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Age profile (%) of health professionals in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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