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Professional workers such as doctors, nursing and midwifery professionals, dentists, opticians and veterinarians.
- Health professionals comprise 14% of all professional workers and 2% of the total EU-28 workforce. From 2003 to 2013, their number grew as a proportion of total EU-28 employment, but fell relative to all professional occupations.
- Health professionals are the highest-qualified of all the occupational groups, reflecting the highly-skilled and professionalised nature of these roles.
- A key issue for health professionals is widespread recruitment difficulties, particularly given the specialised skills profile. These challenges are likely to increase in the period to 2025.
- Specific technical expertise in medical and related fields dominates skills demanded of health professionals, alongside more general competences in personal service, management and counselling skills.
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