Technicians and associate professionals perform mostly technical and related tasks connected with research and the application of scientific or artistic concepts and methods, and government or business regulations. Most technician and associate professional jobs require knowledge and skills usually obtained as the result of study at a higher educational institution, following completion of secondary education for a period of one to three years. In some cases, extensive relevant work experience and prolonged on-the-job training may substitute for formal education. Tasks performed by technicians and associate professionals usually include undertaking and carrying out technical work connected with research and the application of concepts and methods in the physical sciences (including engineering and technology and life sciences, which includes the medical profession), and in the social sciences and humanities. It also includes initiating and carrying out various technical services related to trade, finance, administration, and social work, as well as providing technical support to the arts, entertainment and sport. The types of job classified under this heading include: building inspectors, engineering technicians, medical laboratory technicians, aircraft pilots and flight engineers, buyers, office supervisors, photographers, etc.
SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT
In 2015, technicians and associate professionals accounted for 15.88% in the total employment in EU.
The total employment in this occupation reached 35,048,152.
During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as technicians and associate professionals in EU changed by 5.49%.
It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.
In 2015, technicians and associate professionals were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:
- Human health & social work activities (6,791,060)
- Manufacturing (5,235,922)
- Public administration & defence (4,102,748)
- Real estate, professional & related activities (3,528,452)
- Wholesale & retail trade (3,474,466)
Countries with highest employment share of technicians and associate professionals in 2015:
- Germany (22.42%)
- France (20.28%)
- Austria (19.47%)
- Finland (18.55%)
- Luxembourg (18.49%)
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).
In the period 2015-2025, employment for technicians and associate professionals in EU is projected to change by 10.46%.