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The occupation searched for is part of the occupational group: Life science and agronomy professionals and technicians. Information about the future concerns the entire group.

The future situation of the occupational group on the labour market

The employment prospects for this occupational group in the 2009-2013 period will be as follows:

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The chances of finding employment for this occupational group in 2009-2013 are below average. As compared to the current situation the chances will remain about the same. This is particularly due to the expected development in agriculture where up to 15% of jobs may cease to exist by 2013. The fact is that agriculture employs roughly one third of people belonging to this occupational group. Healthcare also accounts for a large proportion of employment in this occupational group. This sector will show a trend of growing qualification requirements and it will be increasingly difficult for secondary qualification holders to find a job. People with these qualifications will therefore experience the most severe worsening of chances of finding employment in the 2009-2013 period. On the other hand, both agriculture and healthcare face major problems related to pay. A number of higher and tertiary professional education graduates will therefore continue to feel dissatisfied with the remuneration offered and will therefore seek alternative employment opportunities in other industries.

Development of the employment in the occupational group (in thousands):

  • Total employment
  • Development of employment in this occupational group

As a result of economic development the number of jobs within this occupational group will increase by 15 % by 2013. The number of jobs in the economy as a whole will increase by 0,2 %. A total of 24 % of workers in this occupational group will leave their jobs (e.g. retirement). Some of these jobs will cease to exist, some will have to be filled. Overall, 9 % of current employment will have to be filled, i.e. 4000 new workers will have to be hired.

The current situation of the occupational group at the labour market:

The occupational group consists of the following subgroups:

  • ISCO 321 - Life science technicians and related associate professional
  • ISCO 221 - Life science professionals

Life science technicians and related associate professional (ISCO 321)

Development of employment in this occupational subgroup (in thousands)

  • Total employment
  • Development of employment in this occupational subgroup

Occupations in this subgroup are most frequently found in the following industries:

In 2008 the median age of employees in this subgroup was 45 years, in the economy as a whole it was 41 years.

The age structure of employees in this occupational subgroup:

Employees in this occupational subgroup most frequently have the following qualification:

  • Secondary (3a) - agriculture (26 %)
  • Secondary (3a) - health (20 %)
  • Secondary (3a) - building and life science (10 %)
  • Tertiary - other technical fields and agriculture (8 %)

It is expected that by 2013 the following number of graduates with qualifications suitable for this occupational subgroup will enter the labour market:

Education Number of graduates entering labour market by 2013 Development of graduate numbers in 2009-2013
Secondary (3a) - agriculture 6 830 rapid decrease
Secondary (3a) - health 10 490 rapid decrease
Secondary (3a) - building and life science 8 300 rapid decrease
Tertiary - other technical fields and agriculture 22 540 slight increase

The development of the number of graduates is ranked using a five-degree scale: rapid decrease - slight decrease - stagnation - slight increase - rapid increase.

Life science professionals (ISCO 221)

Development of employment in this occupational subgroup (in thousands)

  • Total employment
  • Development of employment in this occupational subgroup

Occupations in this subgroup are most frequently found in the following industries:

In 2008 the median age of employees in this subgroup was 44 years, in the economy as a whole it was 41 years.

The age structure of employees in this occupational subgroup:

Employees in this occupational subgroup most frequently have the following qualification:

  • Tertiary - building and life science (36 %)
  • Tertiary - other technical fields and agriculture (27 %)
  • Secondary (3a) - agriculture (12 %)

It is expected that by 2013 the following number of graduates with qualifications suitable for this occupational subgroup will enter the labour market:

Education Number of graduates entering labour market by 2013 Development of graduate numbers in 2009-2013
Tertiary - building and life science 21 680 rapid increase
Tertiary - other technical fields and agriculture 22 540 slight increase
Secondary (3a) - agriculture 6 830 rapid decrease

The development of the number of graduates is ranked using a five-degree scale: rapid decrease - slight decrease - stagnation - slight increase - rapid increase.

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