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.
SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT
In 2015, professionals accounted for 18.84% in the total employment in EU.
The total employment in this occupation reached 41,584,848.
During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as professionals in EU changed by 8.12%.
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)
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%)