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Professionals

Professionals typically fulfil specialist roles. They increase the existing stock of knowledge, apply scientific or artistic concepts and theories, teach about the foregoing, or engage in any combination of these activities. Competent performance as a professional requires skills to be developed to a high level, with many professionals having attained tertiary-level education. The types of activities performed by professionals include: conducting analysis and research in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences and humanities; a number of specialist roles in medical and health services; teaching in one or more disciplines at different educational levels; providing various business, legal and social services; creating and performing works of art, etc. The types of jobs professionals carry out include: science and engineering professionals; health professionals (including medical doctors and nursing professionals); teaching professionals; business and administration professionals, journalists, visual artists, etc.

Future employment growth (in %) of 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, professionals accounted for 18.84% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 41,584,848.

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 professionals in EU changed by 8.12%.

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

  • Education (10,683,866)
  • Human health & social work activities (6,934,727)
  • Real estate, professional & related activities (6,091,932) 
  • Information & communication activities (3,424,094)
  • Manufacturing (3,313,963)

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 professionals in 2015:

  • Luxembourg (36.00%)
  • Sweden (26.79%)
  • Denmark (25.53%)
  • Netherlands (25.16%)
  • United Kingdom (24.54%)

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 professionals in EU is projected to change by 8.98%

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Employment of 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 professionals across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Level of education (%) of professionals in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Age profile (%) of professionals in EU

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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