More employed persons with a health care education


More than 400 000 employed persons had a health care education in the 4th quarter of 2016. This is an increase of 2.3 per cent from the same period in 2015.

Most employees with a health care education work in health and social services – almost 80 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2016. The remaining 82 000 are distributed throughout most areas of the labour market. A total of 3.3 per cent of the employees with a health care education work in public administration, 5.7 per cent in education and 11.1 per cent in other industries.

See more figures in Health care personnel statistics.

Around 23 000 work within the educational system, where 5 800 are child care workers, 3 500 are nurses and almost 1 000 are physicians. For some of the health care educations, the majority of individuals end up with a job that is not in health and social services. This is the case for more than 90 per cent of the 1 750 employed persons with an optometry education and for more than 97 per cent of the 5 000 employed pharmacists.

Mostly women in health care personnel

Women constitute almost 84 per cent of the approximately 400 000 employees with a health care education, which is a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous year.

Women make up the majority in almost all health care educations, except in the case of physicians, where there is a slight predominance of men.