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The Swedish Occupational Register with statistics 2020

Most common occupation was “assistant nurses, home care and homes for the elderly”

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2022-03-10 8.00

The most common occupation in Sweden was “assistant nurses, home care and homes for the elderly”. Women accounted for 90 percent and men accounted for 10 percent of people with this occupation. It was also the most common occupation among women. The most common occupation among men was “Software- and system developers”, which was the sixth most common occupation overall. Men accounted for 81 percent and women accounted for 19 percent of people with this occupation.

Among the 30 largest occupations, the distribution by sex was even within four occupations; “cooks and cold-buffet managers”, of which 51 percent were women and 49 percent were men, had the most even balance between the sexes. An even balance means that the distribution between the sexes is 40 percent and 60 percent respectively.

The 30 most common occupations in Sweden among employees aged 16-64 years, 2020

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The most common occupation for women was “assistant nurses, home care and homes for the elderly”, of whom there were 116 040 employees with an average age of 45 years, followed by “primary school teachers”, of whom there were 81 700 employees with an average age of 43 years.

The 10 most common occupations in Sweden among women who were employees aged 16-64 years, 2020
 Total number of womenTotal numer of menPercent, womenAverage age, women
Assistant nurses, home care and homes for the elderly
116 040 12 950 90 45
Primary school teachers
81 700 28 430 74 43
Child care workers
79 990 8 390 91 40
shop sales, specialty stores
64 770 41 420 61 34
Preschool teachers
62 920 2 670 96 43
Home-based personal care and related workers
55 710 21 300 72 36
shop sales, groceries
55 300 29 020 66 33
Cleaners and helpers in offices, hotels and other establishments
53 850 19 940 73 44
Office clerks not elsewhere classified
52 580 13 750 79 44
Personal care providers
51 250 18 910 73 43

1According to the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations 2012 (SSYK2012) at a four-digit level. The figures are rounded to the nearest 10. 

The most common occupation for men was “software- and system developers” of whom there were 70 200 employees with an average age of 40 years, followed by “warehouse and terminal staff”, of whom there were 67 770 employees with an average age of 37 years.

The 10 most common occupations in Sweden among men who were employees aged 16-64 years, 2020
  Total number of men Total numer of women Percent, men Average age, men
Software- and system developers
70 200 16 230 81 40
Warehouse and terminal Staff
67 770 21 170 76 37
Commercial sales representatives
62 720 22 900 73 44
Heavy truck and lorry drivers
50 870 4 240 92 42
Woodworkers, carpenters
45 630 620 99 40
shop sales, specialty stores
41 420 64 770 39 35
Machine-tool operators
40 210 6 830 85 42
Building caretakers
34 700 7 160 83 46
Electricians, installation and service
32 540 790 98 37
Vehicle mechanics and repairers
31 390 900 97 39

1According to the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations 2012 (SSYK2012) at a four-digit level. The figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Definitions and explanations

Information concerning employees is reported for those aged 16-64 years classified as gainfully employed in the register-based labour market statistics (RAMS). The classification of gainfully employed persons is mainly based on the monthly employer reports at individual level from the Swedish Tax Agency. To be classified as gainfully employed, the person must have received a salary in November that exceeds SEK 99, or must conduct a business activity. In addition, the person must be entered in the population register in Sweden on 31 December and be aged between 16 and 74 years old. Even those who were temporarily absent during the measurement period, for instance due to sickness or parental leave, are included in the frame. The term ‘employee’ also includes self-employed persons who run their operations as a limited company.

The occupations follow the classifications used in the Swedish Standard Classification of Occupations (SSYK 2012).

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