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Machine & plant operators

Machine and plant operators tend to work with industrial plant, machinery and equipment which is stationary and usually requires experience with, or an understanding of, the machinery/plant in question. Their jobs include detecting and correcting malfunctions, examining outputs for defects, and adjusting machine settings accordingly. Occupations in this group include, for example, miners and quarry workers, metal processing plant operators, rubber products machine operators, and food and related processing machine operators.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

Future employment growth (in %) of machine & plant operators 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, machine & plant operators accounted for 2.42% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 5,347,478.

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 machine & plant operators in EU changed by 1.58%.

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, machine & plant operators were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Manufacturing (4,158,167)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (297,864)
  • Mining & quarrying (193,516) 
  • Arts & recreation (161,077)
  • Construction (76,495)

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 machine & plant operators in 2015:

  • Hungary (5.01%)
  • Bulgaria (4.48%)
  • Slovakia (4.42%)
  • Portugal (4.36%)
  • Estonia (4.19%)

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 machine & plant operators in EU is projected to change by -5.31%

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Employment of machine & plant operators 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 machine & plant operators across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of machine & plant operators in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of machine & plant operators 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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