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Operators and assemblers

Operators and assemblers operate and monitor industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment; drive and operate trains, and motor vehicles; and assemble products from component parts according to strict specifications and procedures. The work mainly calls for experience with, and an understanding of, industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment as well as an ability to cope with machine-paced operations and to adapt to technological innovations. Most plant and machine operator jobs, as well as assembler jobs require completion of the first stage of secondary education and some jobs may require the completion of the second stage of secondary education. The types of job undertaken include: miners and quarry workers; metal finishing, plating and coating machine operators; weaving and knitting machine operators; food and related products machine operators; wood processing and papermaking plant operators; electrical and electronic equipment assemblers; bus and tram drivers; etc.

Future employment growth (in %) of operators and assemblers 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, operators and assemblers accounted for 7.32% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 16,150,553.

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 operators and assemblers in EU changed by 0.45%.

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, operators and assemblers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Manufacturing (6,693,582)
  • Transport & storage (4,863,552)
  • Wholesale & retail trade (1,249,981) 
  • Construction (871,036)
  • Agriculture, forestry & fishing (382,141)

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 operators and assemblers in 2015:

  • Slovakia (14.97%)
  • Czech Republic (13.57%)
  • Hungary (13.21%)
  • Bulgaria (12.66%)
  • Estonia (11.64%)

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 operators and assemblers in EU is projected to change by -2.03%

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Employment of operators and assemblers 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 operators and assemblers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of operators and assemblers in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of operators and assemblers 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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